Sunday Night Football: Week 10 Preview

Sunday Night Football for Week 10 is going to be a great game! We have 2 teams with winning records and are arguably the top teams in their respective divisions going to battle. Who’s going to come out of Sunday Night Football on top? Let’s find out!

Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys

AT&T Stadium

Arlington, TX

Betting

I’m going to start off by saying that I like the Cowboys (-180) to win outright tonight on Sunday Night Football. The Kirk Cousins playing poorly in primetime trend is legitimate and I suspect it bites the Vikings once again. After reviewing the trends over at Oddshark, I think this a good spot for the Cowboys to cover the spread of -3.5 (EVEN). Not only is this a plus-money spot, but the Cowboys have been great in November in the past and should be completely healthy tonight, unlike the Vikings. Lastly, a total of 48.0 (-115 UNDER) is the way to go for tonight. The trends state that this game is a likely UNDER candidate and don’t forget… Kirk Cousins in primetime. You can follow my action in real-time right here: https://myaction.app/SportsBySeefeldt

Injuries

For the home town Cowboys we have 1 injury to monitor: Amari Cooper. Thankfully for the Cowboys, both Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and Adam Schefter of ESPN say that Cooper should be good to go and suit up on Sunday Night Football.

As for the Vikings, Adam Theilen is once again ruled OUT with a hamstring injury. Although a major piece of the offense, the Vikings are lucky to only be without Theilen on the offense tonight. However, the Vikings defense will be without Linval Joseph and Andrew Sendejo, while also potentially missing Trae Waynes. These are 3 huge players on this Vikings defense that is fairly middle-of-the-road and is playing against an elite offense.

Cowboys Offense vs. Vikings Defense

This elite Cowboys offense averages nearly 450 yards of total offense per game and faces an uninspiring Vikings defense. With Joseph ruled out for the Vikings, that opens up a lot of room in the middle of the field for Ezekiel Elliot to run behind this steller Cowboys offensive line. I suspect Elliot will improve his already amazing 4.7 yards per carry and crack the 100-yards rushing mark tonight while also adding in some receiving yards. As for the passing attack, Dak Prescott will have slightly more time to throw, but Danielle Hunter (8.5 sacks) will still be looming. Also, Michael Gallup will have an absolutely huge night if Trae Waynes sits this game out.

Ezekiel Elliot via Keith Allison for Sunday Night Football in Week 10
Ezekiel Elliot via Keith Allison

Vikings Offense vs. Cowboys Defense

The Vikings were on a roll until they ran into the Chiefs last week. Kirk Cousins was finally hitting his stride, even without Adam Theilen, and the Vikings let Dalvin Cook carry them to victories. However, we have primetime Cousins tonight and he faces an underrated Cowboys defense. Whereas the Vikings have 1 dominate pass-rusher, the Cowboys have 2 in the likes of DeMarcus Lawrence and Robert Quinn. The Vikings offensive line is below-average which does not bode well for them most weeks, but especially tonight on Sunday Night Football. Dalvin Cook is going to struggle to find running lanes and Stefon Diggs will likely be shadowed by Byron Jones. What does this mean? Well, Bisi Johnson and Kyle Rudolph are going to have to step-up and create safety valves for Cousins in the short to intermediate passing game.

Stefon Diggs via Keith Allison for Sunday Night Football in Week 10
Stefon Diggs via Keith Allison

Prediction

Vikings: 17

Cowboys: 21

Guaranteed Touchdown Scorer: Ezekiel Elliot

Dart Throw Touchdown Scorer: Bisi Johnson

Conclusion

That’s a wrap on Sunday Night Football for Week 10! Who do you think comes away with the victory tonight? Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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