Thursday Night Football preview: Vikings host the Cowboys
Nov 30, 2016
On Thursday, Dec. 1, the Minnesota Vikings will host the Dallas Cowboys at U.S. Bank Stadium, at 7:25 p.m. in a crucial game for the Vikings.
This is a big game for the Vikings because they hope to stay above .500, and not drop to a .500 record. They come into the Cowboys game with a 6-5 record, losing to the Detroit Lions last week on Thanksgiving. The Cowboys will come into the game with a 10-1 record, winning their Thanksgiving game against the Washington Redskins.
The Vikings defense is currently ranked third in the league for yards against, just behind the Arizona Cardinals, and the Baltimore Ravens respectively.
The Vikings give up 307 yards per game, and 4.9 yards a play. The average amount of the points that they give up is 17.5 points a game.
Even as a top defending team, the Vikings will look to stop Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott has 1,199 yards, and 11 touchdowns on the season.
Whereas the Cowboys are allowing 362.2 yards per game, and 5.9 yards per play. The Cowboys are giving up and average of 19.4 points per game.
As for offense, the Cowboys are in fourth in the NFL, averaging 28.8 points per game, and 407.6 yards per game.
Cowboys rookie quarterback, Dak Prescott, has thrown 2,835 total yards this season, with only 2 interceptions. He has completed 231 passes, out of 340 (67%), and has thrown 18 touchdowns this season.
Vikings quarterback, Sam Bradford, has started 10 games for the Vikings, and has thrown for 2,415 total yards. Bradford has completed 248 of 348 passes, which is 71%. He has thrown 12 touchdowns, and has 3 interceptions.
“I’m really excited to see our defense go up against on of the best running backs in the league. I have a lot of confidence in our defense to stop the Cowboys offense,” said AJ Condon, junior. “Our defense needs to come up big in order for us to win the game.”