Free Week 8 Prediction: Cowboys vs. Vikings NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping Analysis: Week 8
(5-1) Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings (3-3)
Date: Sunday, October 31st, 2021
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NFL Week 8 ATS Betting Lines: Cowboys -3 (Bet Now!)
NFL Week 8 Moneyline Odds: Cowboys -145 | Vikings +125
NFL Week 8 NFL Betting Total: 55
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Two of the better offenses in the NFC square off on Sunday Night Football when the Cowboys visit the Vikings. Both teams are coming off the bye and should be fresh and rested for this matchup that features a betting total of 55, the highest on the week 8 slate.
Both teams come in hot, with Dallas having rattled off five straight wins and the Vikings victorious in three of their last four. All three of Minnesota’s losses on the season have been by one score, so they aren’t as mediocre as their 3-3 record indicates.
The Dallas offense is clicking with 35+ points in four straight games. The Cowboys are #1 in the NFL with 460.8 ypg and also tops in points scored at 34.2 ppg. Will having last week off help Minnesota’s defense prepare for this attack?
When we last saw the Cowboys in action they were battling back for a 35-29 OT win over the Patriots in New England. Dak Prescott threw for 445 yards and 3 TD, and now has 13 TD throws over the last four games.
Zeke Elliott had a down game vs. New England with just 69 yards on 17 carries, but had run for 253 in two games prior. Tony Pollard also has 60+ yards rushing in four of the last five games so the Cowboys rush offense is clicking in addition to putting up a ton of yards through the air.
There may be some concerns with the Dallas defense after allowing 29 points to a New England team with a rookie QB in Mac Jones at the helm. Minnesota has a top five offense in the NFL putting up 414.2 ypg.
Minnesota is hoping that the week off didn’t kill the momentum of winning their last two games before the bye. Just like the Vikings have been apt to do all season those wins were close in a 19-17 win against Detroit and a 34-28 W over Carolina in OT.
This now marks five of six Vikings games this season that have been decided by one score. The Vikings may find themselves in a shootout on Sunday night but feel they’re in a good spot with Kirk Cousins coming off a 3 TD performance against the Panthers. Cousins has 13 TDs to just 2 INT on the year.
Taking the ‘over’ isn’t a sure thing on Sunday night as just like Dallas, Minnesota can run the ball too. The bye week was huge for RB Dalvin Cook who has been nursing an ankle injury since a week 2 loss to the Cardinals. Cook looked good before the bye with 140 yards and a TD vs. Carolina but should be even better with extended rest.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Cowboys are 6-0 ATS last 6 games
- Cowboys are 4-1 ATS last 5 road games
- OVER is 4-0 in Cowboys last 4 overall
- Vikings are 19-6-1 ATS last 26 as home underdog
- Vikings are 1-6 ATS last 7 home games
- UNDER is 4-1 in Vikings last 5 home games
- Cowboys are 1-5 ATS last 6 in Minnesota
4* Free Week 8 NFL Betting Prediction: Vikings +2.5
Expect the public to be hammering the Cowboys in a nationally televised Sunday night game. Sure Dallas has looked good especially offensively but Minnesota is much better than their 3-3 record. Both teams are fresh after the bye, which was very helpful for a Minnesota teams battling injuries early in this 2021 season.
This should be a good one to watch.
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