TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 3, 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: AT&T Stadium
Weather: High 72, Low 53
Line: Dallas (-10)
Despite what people thought to be Dez Bryant‘s distraction on the sidelines a week ago in a loss to the Detroit Lions on the road, the Dallas Cowboys are still 4-4 and in first place in the NFC East. Tony Romo has received a lot of criticism this season in the Cowboys’ four losses, but he has still played phenomenal, leading the Cowboys to the eighth-most pass yards per game in the league. Romo has 2,216 yards and 18 touchdowns, connecting with Bryant 45 times for 641 yards and eight touchdowns on the year after a two-score performance against the Lions. Terrance Williams continues to impress in the receiving game as the rookie has 26 catches for 444 yards and four scores on the year. DeMarco Murray may be back for the game this week as the running back has been hampered with injuries. However, he has still rushed for 428 yards and three touchdowns while missing a couple games.
The Minnesota Vikings have underperformed mightily this season, recording a 1-6 record through eight weeks and it looks like they will be missing out on the playoffs just one season after a 10-win campaign. Although Christian Ponder was the starter to begin the season and has passed for 836 yards and two touchdowns, it looks like there has been a call for change at the quarterback position in Minnesota. Ponder’s reign as starter was short-lived and it may now be over as Josh Freeman looks to take the job over. Freeman started for the Vikings two weeks ago and had a mediocre performance, completing just 20 of 53 passes, but that one poor performance wasn’t enough to steer coaches away. Jerome Simpson leads all wide outs with 422 yards but no touchdowns to go with it — lack of touchdowns have been a major problem in the pass game. Adrian Peterson is ahead of his pace from a year ago, but is still off to a slow start under his standards, rushing for 571 yards and six touchdowns through seven games.
Defensively, the Vikings managed to steer away from deals at the trade deadline, keeping expensive defensive end Jared Allen. The defense has been awful for the Vikings all season long, ranking 30th in both points allowed and yards allowed per game while having the fourth-worst passing defense in the league — good news for Romo. Dallas has accounted for the worst defense in the league while allowing the most passing yards per game of any team in the NFL. Good thing the Vikings have the sixth-worst passing offense in the league.
PREDICTION: Vikings 20, Cowboys 33