The Dallas Cowboys’ next matchup against the Minnesota Vikings will require them to air it out in order to secure victory.
The Dallas Cowboys, miraculously, still have a chance at winning the NFC East despite starting their season 2-7. Their next game against the surging Minnesota Vikings will give them a chance to get back into the winning column after losing four straight. However, in order for America’s Team to stand a chance, they will need to do something they have not done well since their starting quarterback Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending ankle injury, air out the football.
The Vikings have won three straight games largely on the strength of their star running back Dalvin Cook. Cook has managed to accrue an astounding 465 rushing yards and six total touchdowns during the teams’ three-game winning streak. Stopping the current NFL rushing leader will be just one of the daunting tasks Dallas must accomplish in order to have a shot at victory.
The Cowboys will also have to take advantage of the weakness of the Vikings, their pass defense. Minnesota is currently giving up the sixth-most passing yards per game with 267.9. Meanwhile, Dallas is currently ranked fourth in passing yards per game with 285.
However, the team has struggled in the passing game since Prescott went down. To put that struggle into perspective, America’s Team had three four-hundred yard passing games in the first four weeks of the season, they have failed to even have a 300-yard passer since.
That number, 300 passing yards, is a significant one for the teams’ upcoming game against the Vikings. This year they are just 1-3 against teams when they have allowed 300 or more passing yards. Meanwhile, Minnesota is 3-2 in games they have held opposing offenses under that mark.
The Cowboys have plenty of talent in their receiving corps to challenge the Vikings next Sunday. This unit is led by four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper and rookie wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. However, their rotating cast of signal-callers’ have been unable to efficiently air out the football.
The key for the Dallas Cowboys in this week’s matchup against the Minnesota Vikings will likely rest in the hands of whoever they end up starting at quarterback this week (Likely Andy Dalton). America’s Team will need to find a way to attack the weakness of their opponent this week in a game that at least feels like a must-win if they still want a shot at winning the dreadful NFC East.