On any other given Saturday, the palpable excitement surrounding the Cowboys-Vikings showdown would be focused on the quarterback clash between well-established veteran Tony Romo and promising second-year signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater. But on this occasion, all eyes will be on one man alone—Adrian Peterson. The mercurial Minnesota running back will be making his long-awaited return for the Vikings against the Cowboys, a team that nearly signed him when he made his come-back from suspension. And Yes, feel free to let all the hype about Peterson to simmer into your system, as we give a succinct NFL odds preview of the widely anticipated clash between the streaking Vikings and skidding Cowboys.
Minnesota vs. Dallas NFL Game InfoDate: Saturday, August 29, 2015Time: 7:00 PM ETVenue: AT&T Stadium, ArlingtonTV: KMSP (FOX/9- Minneapolis), KTVT (CBS/11 – Dallas)Opening line: Dallas -1-110 Dez Bryant, who is coming off a hamstring injury and is expected to be fit for Saturday’s game.Concerningly, though, Dallas has scored just 13 points and shipped in a whopping 40 points in their two preseason games (23-6 loss to San Francisco last week and 17-7 loss to San Diego in Week 1). As if that is not bad enough, the Cowboys have a long injury list, including CB Orlando Scandrick (out of the year with a knee injury), WR Devin Street (foot/ankle), WR David Porter (groin), QB Brandon Weeden (concussion), S Jeff Heath (head), and LB Anthony Hitchens (foot). With many players questionable for Saturday’s game, the Cowboys’ level of competitiveness could be negatively affected.Josh Thomas (team-best eight tackles), rookie Eric Kendricks and Justin Trattou have also impressed in the defense.Still, it should be noted that the Cowboys are a much-better unit, compared to the Buccaneers and Raiders, who were easily beaten by the Vikings in Week 1 and Week 2, respectively. Even more notably, coach Zimmer is 0-2 against the Cowboys since leaving Dallas, which presents an uphill psychological task for his largely young team to overcome.
Key Betting Trends
- The Vikings are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games
- The Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games
- The Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games
- The Cowboys are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall
- The Vikings are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings against the Cowboys