The Dallas Cowboys will be playing their third game in 12 days when they visit the Minnesota Vikings in a Thursday Night Football game.
The recent wins over Baltimore and Washington at home have been part of the Cowboys’ 10-game winning streak.
The Vikings began the season 5-0, but have sunk to 6-5, partly because of injuries. They’re coming off a gut-wrenching 16-13 Thanksgiving loss at Detroit.
The same type of hype that surrounded the Vikings at the beginning of the season has made it’s way to Dallas and rightfully so.
In addition to the winning streak, the Cowboys have formed an all-round team.
Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott have flashed their star power, but the Cowboys are getting production from all angles and areas.
Prescott leads all rookies with 2,835 passing yards, 18 touchdown passes and a 108.6 passer rating while Elliott leads the NFL with 1,199 rushing yards, the most by a rookie in franchise history.
The Cowboys have not allowed a 100-yard rusher for the 11 consecutive games, the only team in the league to accomplish that feat this season, and they have the best kicker in the NFL in Dan Bailey.
The Cowboys have limited their bad plays and will have to again against the opportunistic Vikings, who have a plus-12 turnover margin.
Minnesota’s defense ranks third in the league, allowing 307 yards per game. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes has four interceptions, including a team-record 100-yard interception-return touchdown in Week 11.
Quarterback Sam Bradford can be dangerous at home. He has passed for 1,261 yards (252.2 per game) with seven touchdowns and no interceptions for 109.2 rating in five games at home with Minnesota. The Vikings are 4-1 in home games.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs is a game-breaker with 67 receptions.
Dallas leads the all-time series 15-14.
In an interesting note, the Cowboys are playing in only their second Dec. 1 game in franchise history. The only other game on Dec. 1 came in 1963, a 34-27 home loss against the New York Giants.
Opp. Scoring average
Dallas Cowboys regular-season schedule
Giants 20, Cowboys 19
Cowboys 27, Redskins 23
Cowboys 31, Bears 17
Cowboys 24, 49ers 17
Cowboys 28, Bengals 14
Cowboys 30, Packers 16
Cowboys 29, Eagles 23, OT
Cowboys 35, Browns 10
Cowboys 35, Steelers 30
Cowboys 27, Ravens 17
Cowboys 31, Redskins 26
KXAS/5, NFL Net.
at NY Giants
vs. Tampa Bay