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Cowboys vs Vikings betting odds – Cowboys will cowboy up in Minnesota

Posted by Stan Simmons on 1/11/2010 4:12:46 PM

NFL Odds: Cowboys +2.5

The Cowboys vs Vikings betting odds matches up two teams who have been going in opposite directions. The Cowboys are hot right now after winning four straight while the Vikings, aside from a meaningless Week 17 win over the New York Giants, have been failing badly down the stretch of the season. A week off should help the Vikings compete but the Cowboys will win this in a close contest

Sportsbook Odds: Colts -6.5, O/U: 45.5

What’s On The Line?
Online betting cappers know that the Cowboys got the big gorilla off their back last week with their first playoff win since 1996. Even so, they are focused on the bigger picture and have a great chance to make that a reality with a win in Minnesota. The Vikings could be ripe for the picking as they have faded down the stretch of the season.

For Minnesota, they had a great regular season but it doesn’t mean anything unless they get playoff wins. The last month of the season brought losses to Arizona, Chicago and Carolina, along with some friction between head coach Brad Childress and Brett Favre. They better hope the bye week quelled those problems.

Offensive Matchups: Cowboys vs Vikings betting odds
The Cowboys offense has been tough to stop in the last month and they are firing on all cylinders. Tony Romo again had a quarterback rating over 100, which makes that six of his last seven games he’s done that. Beyond that, the Cowboys are running the ball well and wideouts Miles Austin and Roy Williams are clicking. Running the ball may be tough but the Cowboys have plenty of receiving weapons to give the Vikings nightmares.

The Vikings offense has been so-so down the stretch of the season and the biggest flaw has been the loss of Adrian Peterson. No, he’s not injured, but he’s not playing well at all. Peterson has just 412 rushing yards in his last six games, which is a 3.3 yards per carry average. NFL betting fans know that as many weapons as the Vikings offense has, they can’t win deep into the playoffs only using Brett Favre’s arm.

Betting Edge: Even

Defensive Matchups: Cowboys vs Vikings betting odds
The Cowboys defense is on fire right now and has allowed just 31 points in their last four weeks. That’s phenomenal when you consider that they have faced the high-flying Philadelphia Eagles twice in that span and the New Orleans Saints. The Cowboys are dominating the line of scrimmage and they are covering everyone in the secondary. The Vikings will need Peterson to run well if they want to win.

Meanwhile, Minnesota has a good defense on paper but they have been struggling. The Panthers and Bears torched them in Week 15 and 16, which gives you an indication of where they are at. They are sorely missing middle linebacker E.J. Henderson, who is out for the year, and top corner Antoine Winfield has a bad foot. They better hope the bye week corrected those issues.

Betting Edge: Even

Notable Injuries: Cowboys vs Vikings betting odds
The Cowboys are healthy and the Vikings will have their starters too, but keep an eye on Winfield, who has a bad foot.

Betting Edge: Even

Over/Under Picks: Cowboys vs Vikings betting odds
This has over written all over it. The Cowboys offense is hot right now and the Vikings offense will get its share of points playing at home. Over is the play in this game.

Pick: Over 45.5

Outlook and Pick: Cowboys vs Vikings betting
NFL betting  fans might have a tough time laying the points with Minnesota. Sure, they are at home and the Cowboys typically choke in December and January, but things look different this year.

The Cowboys are red hot and while the Vikings have had a week off, they were ice cold before that. Unless Adrian Peterson has a monster game, the Vikings will have to claw and scratch for this win.

Stick with the team that’s rolling right now.

STAN'S PICK: Cowboys +2.5

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