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Cowboys Vikings Betting Preview for Week 9

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The Dallas Cowboys are only 4-4 after blowing a late lead and losing at Detroit last Sunday, but they're still in first place in the mediocre NFC East.

This week the Pokes get a chance to creep back above the .500 mark when they host the 1-6 Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon (1 pm ET, Fox).

Dallas led the Lions by six points with under a minute to go last Sunday but gave up two long passes and a QB sneak for a score to lose 31-30. Nonetheless, the Cowboys covered as three-point road dogs, and are now 7-1 ATS on the season.

The Vikes, on the other hand, got beat at home by the Packers Sunday night 44-31, and are now 2-5 ATS on the season.

As of early this week Dallas, which has lost seven of the last eight games in the series against Minnesota, was favored by 10 points.

Backers of the Cowboys have seen them go 4-4 and 7-1 ATS so far this season, while the Vikings are at 1-6 and 2-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Vikings are 6-1, while the Cowboys are 4-4.

View Minnesota Vikings vs Dallas Cowboys Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Vikings in this one found them as 10-point underdogs earlier in the week at Bovada, while the total was settling in the neighborhood of 47.5 at shops such as 5Dimes.

This game matches up the No. 12 (Cowboys) and the No. 28 (Vikings) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 30-17 result in favor of the Cowboys is predicted by handicapping models.

In their last action, Minnesota was a 44-31 loser at home against the Packers. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (75) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Last time out, Tony Romo threw for 3 scores and 206 yards in a failed effort to defeat Detroit at Ford Field.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Dallas's No. 4-ranked offense (28.75 PPG) against a Vikings defense that ranks No. 30 at 32.14 PPG. The Cowboys passing attack has averaged 261.25 yards per game, less than the Vikings give up through the air (287.86 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Vikings feature the league's No. 13-rated road run defense, allowing 101 yards per game. Dallas, meanwhile, ranks No. 24 in rushing offense at home.

A few Vikings at Cowboys trends to consider:
Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota's last 7 games
Minnesota is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Dallas is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Dallas is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Dallas is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games at home
Dallas is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota at Washington, Thursday, November 7th
Dallas at New Orleans, Sunday, November 10th