Thursday Night Football
(10–1) Dallas Cowboys Vs. (6–5) Minnesota Vikings 8:25 (Est)
Week 13 already, and the last week before playoffs in many fantasy leagues. Can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday that the preseason had begun. To kick off the week, we get an exciting match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings. The History between these clubs dates back to 1961. With a record of 15–14 Dallas narrowly holds the edge in the series. Just 31 points separate the sides in all 29 games.
Dallas has nearly locked in a playoff spot but a win here for the Vikings is imperative. After starting off the season 5–0, they've since lost 5 of their last 6. Here is my formula for the Vikings to win this Thursday night. 1.) Load the box. They need to “try” to stop the Dallas run game. Make Dak beat them with his arm. 2.) Get Stefon Diggs involved. Diggs is by far the most explosive player on the Vikings offense when AP isn't around. 3.) Pass rush. Get pressure on the Dallas rookie. The Vikings average around 2 sacks a game this season. They will need to up that total of they want a chance to win this game.
Ultimately I expect Dallas to win their 11th straight. Their offense and time of position are too good. I didn’t think I’d see Dallas as a super bowl contender this year but you have to give credit when it’s due.
Score- 28–20 Dallas
-The Good: Ezekiel Elliot
Elliot has been nothing short of brilliant in his rookie season. I’ll admit I was skeptical but he’s making me more of a believer every week. In addition to the 12 touchdowns he has (already) this season, he’s averaging over 100 yards a game on the ground with another 27 through the air. The rookie rushing record is in sight. Even in a touch match-up you would be crazy to bench Elliot.
-The Bad: Stefon Diggs
When healthy Diggs has shown to be reliable WR2 but unfortunately he’s been on the shelf more often than not in his sophomore season. Diggs has average 12 targets per game in his last three efforts. Keeping him in the low end WR2 conversation but his upside is severely limited due to and ineffective offense. What hurts even more is Dallas’s domination in time of position. Their average of 32.32 minutes leads the NFL. I’m rolling Diggs out there tonight in a couple leagues but my expectations are tempered.
-The Ugly: Sam Bradford
When trying to think of one word that best describes Bradford's season with the Vikings. “Ehh”, is what comes to mind. Not Great by any means but not a face plant either. His touchdown to interception ratio of 4:1 is great but he has just one 300 yard effort on the season. I expect the Vikings to be playing from behind forcing them to throw often. Bradford is a low end QB2 for me this week.