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    Cowboys vs Vikings — Over/Under Reactions

    Frustration has been brewing in Dallas, as the Cowboys are looking to get back on track today against the . This is going to be a more positive insight into today’s game, after the Cowboys’ disappointing loss to the Packers last Sunday. Let’s dive into the over/under reactions before kickoff.

    OVERREACTION

    will show out against the Vikings.

    Ever since the Packers game last Sunday, Dak Prescott has faced even more scrutiny than usual, as the Cowboys QB threw two interceptions last week that many feel caused the Cowboys to lose that game. Let’s be clear – Dak Prescott’s interceptions were not the reason the Cowboys lost. If anything, those two interceptions were not 100% Prescott’s fault, either. There were miscommunication issues between , , and Dak Prescott on the two plays that led to interceptions.

    We should also remember that Prescott and the Cowboys’ gave the a 28-14 lead going into the fourth quarter after those two interceptions, and the defense should shoulder just as much blame for the loss against the Packers, if not more than anyone else.

    I have a feeling that after the way the game ended against the Packers, Dak Prescott and this offense will come out today and put on a clinic against the Vikings. It is typical Cowboys fashion to bounce back after an ugly loss and have a completely dominant game, just to give us all hope once again. I think Dak Prescott will have the best game of his and will give the media plenty of more topics to discuss come Monday morning.

    UNDERREACTION

    The Cowboys will keep in check.

    Call me crazy, yes. I do believe the Cowboys will not allow Dalvin Cook and the Vikings’ rushing attack to beat them. After the two ugly performances that ’s defense has displayed against the , I’d like to think that Dan Quinn will have this defense hungry and motivated. After the defense has seemingly been called out by and earlier in the week, I have a feeling this defense will put everything together and stop Dalvin Cook from running over them all game.

    While all eyes will be on arguably the best in football, , and how the Cowboys plan to manage him – I think the most important task for this defense is stopping the run. What better way to send a message than stopping one of the top 10 running backs in the NFL this season?

    This will be the second of the three games the Cowboys will play in a span of 12 days, and I find it too hard to believe the Cowboys end up losing two out of the three. The Cowboys know the circumstances of the NFC this season, and they simply cannot afford to fall behind if they have hopes of making a deep playoff run this year. Look for Micah Parsons and this Cowboys defense to bring their best today and look for Dak Prescott and this offense to start off hot.

    The Cowboys will need all the momentum they can get, as they prepare to face their division rival, the (8-2) in four days on .

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    Christian Cline
    Christian Cline
    Cowboys advocate since '96 / WKU Alumni / Former TV Villain / Follow me on Twitter @ChristianCline

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    VAM

    I commented before the Packer game they have to keep A Jones in check, or they could lose, even though Cowboys were a pretty big favorite and should win that game. I’ll say the same for Cook, if they don’t clamp down on him, they MAY lose. Also, in the Packer game the offense has to take a lot of the accountability for the loss as they had the ball four times in the 4th quarter and overtime and produced a goose egg, or in other words, zero.

    Cowboys are 1.5-point favorite, so they are saying Cowboys are a 4.5 favorite when factoring in the three-point home bump. I guess they are looking at the past good record of DP vs Cousins, and Cousins having a bad habit of throwing the ball to the other team.

    When looking at their division standings, Vikes are on top at 8-1 and their closest division foe are the Packers at 4-7. Conversely, the Cowboys are 6-3, in third place and looking up at Philly 8-1, and Giants at 7-2. So, the Cowboys obviously have much more to lose with a loss. That SHOULD be extra motivation.

    Mario Martinez

    To Me and Especially the Franchise, this needs to be a Statement Game.
    We need to see the Cowboys treat this as a playoff game, Minnesota is a playoff bound team, therefore this should be considered a critical game, on the road, after a disappointing loss, I need to see something from this team, stopping the run needs to be priority number 2, which is only 2nd to WINNING THIS GAME!

    LET’S GO COWBOYS!!!
    DC4L!