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Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings 11/22/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Dallas Cowboys visit the Minnesota Vikings on 11/22/2020 at 4:25PM.

Dallas and Minnesota face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. Dallas has a record of 2-7 this season. Minnesota is 4-5 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Dallas Team Defense Preview

Dallas yields 6.0 plays per drive, this defense gives up 33.3 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.64 points per offensive possession. 46.6% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 6.8% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 32.4 yard line, they usually take up 2:46 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 103.1 and 1.0% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Dallas has forced a sack rate of 5.5% this season.

We will get more situational with Dallas and examine various situations. They have faced 120 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 58 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 48.3%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 11 fourth down conversion attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 5 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 45.5%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 33 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 22 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 66.7%.

Dallas Team Offense Preview

Dallas has 6.7 plays per drive, this offense averages 34.6 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 1.94 points per drive. On 37.3% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but 19.6% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their possessions start on average at their Own 25.3 and these drives usually take up 2:30 of time.

On 3.1% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 2.1% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Dallas has yielded 26 sacks this season and there were 216 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

Dallas rushed for 4.0 yards per carry and for 110.0 yards per game. This offense coughed up the ball 18 times this season.

Examining Dallas in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 120 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 49 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 40.8%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 18 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 9 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 50.0%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 27 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and have converted 14 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 51.9%.

Minnesota Team Defense Preview

Minnesota yields 6.5 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 35.9 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.49 points per offensive possession. 49.5% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 8.4% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 34.1 and these drives typically last 2:58.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 99.7 against Minnesota and on 2.1% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Minnesota has caused a sack rate of 5.2% this season.

We will get more situational with Minnesota and examine various situations. They have faced 105 third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 37 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 35.2%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 18 fourth down attempts this season and opponents have converted 12 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 66.7%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 32 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 17 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 53.1%.

Minnesota Team Offense Preview

Minnesota has 5.5 plays per drive, they generate 34.6 yards per drive, and they score 2.36 points per offensive possession. On 38.4% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but on 14.1% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their possessions start on average at their Own 25.1 and these drives typically last 2:35.

6.9% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by Minnesota and 4.5% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.Minnesota has given up 17 sacks this season and there were 88 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 5.2 yards per carry and for 153.6 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 7 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Minnesota and examine various situations. They have had 94 third down attempts this season and have converted 39 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 41.5%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 10 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 5 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 50.0%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 29 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 22 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 75.9%.

The Dallas Roster

The Players to Watch for Dallas

Andy Dalton QB 6-2 220

This season, Andy Dalton has put up 452 yards and 1 touchdowns. He has thrown 3 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 64.4thus far this season. Andy Dalton has thrown 3 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Andy Dalton has 20 rushing yards, which puts him in the 30.88 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 6 times this season, which puts him in the 19.12 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Ezekiel Elliott RB 6-0 228

This season, Ezekiel Elliott has 572 rushing yards on 150 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Ezekiel Elliott picked up 238 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 36 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Amari Cooper WR 6-1 210

This season, Amari Cooper picked up 655 yards. He caught the ball 59 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Neville Gallimore DT 6-2 304

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Dallas, Neville Gallimore has 4 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 25.89 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Aldon Smith DE 6-5 255

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Dallas, Aldon Smith has 24 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 5 times this season, which put him in the 83.06 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Xavier Woods FS 5-11 202

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Dallas, Xavier Woods had 30 tackles which puts him in the 54.35 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Xavier Woods as a ball hawker was able to pick off nan passes this season, which puts him in the nan percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Anthony Brown CB 5-11 196

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Dallas, Anthony Brown had 21 tackles which puts him in the 50.0 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. Anthony Brown as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 26.44 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

The Minnesota Roster

The Players to Watch for Minnesota

Kirk Cousins QB 6-3 202

This season, Kirk Cousins has put up 2147 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has thrown 11 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 98.1thus far this season. Kirk Cousins has thrown 11 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Kirk Cousins has 54 rushing yards, which puts him in the 47.06 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 12 times this season, which puts him in the 30.88 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Dalvin Cook RB 5-10 210

This season, Dalvin Cook has 954 rushing yards on 174 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 12 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Dalvin Cook picked up 189 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 20 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Justin Jefferson WR 6-1 202

This season, Justin Jefferson picked up 762 yards. He caught the ball 42 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Jaleel Johnson DT 6-3 316

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Minnesota, Jaleel Johnson has 15 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 25.89 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Jalyn Holmes DE 6-5 283

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Minnesota, Jalyn Holmes has 11 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 10.48 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Anthony Harris FS 6-1 202

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Minnesota, Anthony Harris had 37 tackles which puts him in the 81.16 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Anthony Harris as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 21.55 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jeff Gladney CB 5-10 191

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Minnesota, Jeff Gladney had 40 tackles which puts him in the 97.83 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jeff Gladney as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 26.44 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Dallas Cowboys 23 Minnesota Vikings 29

Spread Pick: Dallas +7.5 -125 BetOnline
Moneyline Pick: Minnesota -305 5Dimes
Total Pick: Over 48 -113 BetOnline