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Cowboys at Vikings Picks & SNF Betting Predictions NFL Week 8

Cowboys at Vikings Picks & SNF Betting Predictions NFL Week 8
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Expect points to be score aplenty in the nationally televised Sunday Night Football matchup for NFL Week 8, when Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings host Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys. Combined, these teams average nearly 60 points per game and each ranks in the top five in yards gained.

Betting sites and most betting apps have Dallas around -2 in the latest Cowboys vs. Vikings NFL spreads range, though the line opened at -2.5.

Check out the latest Cowboys vs Vikings odds ahead of the matchup on Sunday Night Football.

Cowboys vs. Vikings Key Matchups

Ezekiel Elliott & Tony Pollard vs Vikings Front 7: The Cowboys RBs have 887 yards and six TDs between them and both are averaging over 5.0 yards per carry. The Vikings D ranks 26th vs. the run.

Trevon Diggs vs. Kirk Cousins: The Cowboys cornerback has seven INTs in six games; only one other player has more than three. Cousins has just two picks all season, though they’ve come in the last three games.

Cowboys WRs vs. Vikings CBs: Minnesota has allowed seven TDs to WRs. Dak Prescott’s top targets, CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper, have four apiece.


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5 Key Cowboys vs. Vikings Stats

1: The Cowboys’ NFL ranking in points per game and yards per game. The last time Dallas ranked No. 1 in both was 1971; they won the Super Bowl that season.

3.2: The average margin of victory in the last five meetings between the Cowboys and Vikings. Dallas has won three of those five, but all of the games have been decided by four points or less.

105.4: The QB Rating through six games for Kirk Cousins, which would be the highest of his 10-year career.

129.5: Penalty yards combined per game by these teams. Both the Vikings (64.3 per game) and Cowboys (65.2) each rank in the bottom eight.

200.7: Yards per game allowed to receivers by the Cowboys defense. Only Washington and Tennessee allow more.


Cowboys vs. Vikings Weather Forecast

Sunday night in the Twin Cities will be chilly, with highs expected to be in the upper-40s during the day with temps at kickoff closer to 40. Of course, the only concern fans have is getting to the domed U.S. Bank Stadium in time to warm up for kickoff.


Cowboys vs Vikings Player Props

Tyler Conklin, Over 29.5 Receiving Yards

Odds: -115 at DraftKings

The Cowboys are allowing 60.7 receiving yards to tight ends, in the bottom half of the league. Conklin is averaging 51.8 per game but his targets have mostly increased the last four weeks, with two games of 70-plus yards in that span. Conklin has all but one Vikings TE reception on the season.

Dalvin Cook, Under 84.5 Rush Yards

Odds: -115 at DraftKings

Cook has played in four games so far; he had over 130 yards rushing in two of them and 61 and 34 in the other two. Dallas’ defense ranks 30th vs. the pass but a stellar fifth vs. the run.

Dak Prescott and Kirk Cousins, 300+ Yards Each

Odds: +200 at FOX Bet

The Vikings pass defense has allowed 300-plus yards just once all season, and the last three weeks hasn’t even allowed 200. Prescott passed for 445 yards in the Cowboys’ last game. On the flip side, Dallas opposing QBs have thrown for at least 294 yards in four of six games and Kirk Cousins has gone for 300 three times, and 275 another.


Cowboys vs. Vikings Moneyline

When it comes to NFL betting on the moneyline, favored Dallas is a modest -150 on the moneyline, while Minnesota is set at +130.

The Cowboys have won five straight and have the most prolific offense in the NFL. They rank in the top five in rushing and passing, and No. 1 overall in yards and scoring. But the Vikings have played up and down to competition. Four of their six games have ended on a final play. Neither side looks great on the moneyline.

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Cowboys vs. Vikings Point Spread

The Cowboys are favored by 2.5 points on a point spread line that hasn’t moved much since opening. Dallas has covered the spread in all six games, twice as the underdog and four times as the favorite, including in Week 6 as a 3.5-point road favorite in a six-point win at New England. But bet against the Vikings at your own risk. They’re 3-3 ATS, but those results include a one-point loss to the Cardinals, a three-point defeat at the Bengals and a narrow two-point win over the winless Lions.

Five of Minnesota’s six games were decided by a single score. There isn’t much value on either side, but if you can get the Vikings at +3 at home, that might be another matter. You can get the Vikings +2.5 at DraftKings.

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Cowboys vs. Vikings Totals

NFL sportsbooks have posted an Over/Under of 54.5 points for Sunday Night Football – no line is higher for Week 8. It shouldn’t come as a huge shock to anyone; these teams combine to score 58.7 ppg.

Cowboys games have exceeded already-high scoring expectations. Five of their six games have hit the Over, despite every line being set above 50. Vikings games have, as mentioned before, been much more inconsistent. Two of their games have gone over 60, two others have finished at 36 or less. If Minnesota has a clear strength, however, it’s offense.

Dallas’ defense has holes the Vikings can exploit. Dallas will score, too. Take the Over if looking for a prime-time total side to add to your NFL picks lineup for Week 8. You can get Over 54.5 (-110) at BetMGM.

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About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com.