The Dallas Cowboys are coasting right now as the cream of the NFL crop with a 10-game winning streak after knocking off Washington 31-26 last week on Thanksgiving, a two-game lead in the NFC East and a chance to clinch a Wild Card spot as early as this Thursday night.
But the Cowboys aren’t thinking Wild Card, they’re thinking No. 1 seed as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in this week's Thursday night football matchup, with the Vikes coming off a heartbreaking 16-13 loss Thanksgiving day. The Vikings outplayed the Lions throughout the second half and appeared to have the game in hand until Sam Bradford through a crushing interception – just his third of the season – deep in his own end with 1:30 to play.
At 6-5 the Vikes are still very much alive in the playoff chase but this is a must-win spot for them not just to hang in the Wild Card hunt and stay just a game behind the Lions, but to re-gain some much needed mojo after dropping 5 of their last 6.
DAL 4TH OFF; MIN 3RD DEF
DAL 2ND RUN; MIN T14TH vs. RUN
DAL 16TH PASS; MIN 4TH vs. PASS
DAL 3RD PTS; MIN 2ND PTS ALLOWED
MIN 32ND OFF; DAL 21ST DEF
MIN 32ND RUN; DAL 3RD vs. RUN
MIN 31ST PASS; DAL 31ST vs. PASS
MIN T24TH PTS; DAL T6TH PTS ALLOWED
DAL T10TH TO/TA; MIN 2ND TO-TA
COWBOYS looking more and more like team to beat in 2016 after entertaining 31-26 Turkey Day win over Redskins gave them 10 th win by Thanksgiving for only 2 nd time since 1995 —the last of their 5 SB seasons.
COWBOYS rookie QB Dak Prescott capitalized more on his legs than his arm in Week 12 win, tying single-season team record for rushing TDs by a QB (5; Don Meredith) and throwing a nasty stiff-arm on an 18-yard run while passing for only 195 yards.
COWBOYS had healthy 30-163 rushing attack in Week 12 win, with first-round rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott (20-97-2) and Prescott leading way.
COWBOYS Elliott has league-leading 1,199 yards rushing (4.9 ypc) with 12 total TDs (1 receiving).
COWBOYS gained 353 total yards in Week 12 after exceeding 400 total yards in previous 8 games.
COWBOYS WR Dez Bryant had 5-72 receiving on 7 targets in Week 12 win.
COWBOYS slot WR Cole Beasley had 5-56 receiving on 6 targets in Week 12 win.
COWBOYS ’ defense allowed Redskins a whopping 505 yards and 8-of-15 3 rd -down conversions, but only 19-56 rushing.
COWBOYS ’ pass defense dropped to last in league in yards allowed (280.4 ypg) after allowing Kirk Cousins to throw for 449 yards in Week 12 win.
COWBOYS OLB Sean Lee had team-leading 14 tackles, 1 TFL in Week 12 win over Redskins.
VIKINGS suffered 5 th loss in last 6 games, losing 16-13 on Thanksgiving Day on Lions PK Matt Prater’s 40-yard FG on final play set up by a Sam Bradford INT with 30 seconds left.
VIKINGS ’ 3rd-ranked defense (307.0 ypg) limited Lions to only 306 yards (only 90 yards in 2nd half), but it allowed Lions to convert 6-of-14 3rd downs in Week 12 loss.
VIKINGS ’ league-worst offense (294.9 ypg) gained only 308 yards and converted just 2-of-10 third downs in Week 12 loss.
VIKINGS Bradford converted 31-of-37 passes in Week 12, but for only 224 yards.
RB Mark Asiata (5-27 rushing) scored VIKINGS ’ lone TD in Week 12 loss on a 5-yard run late in first quarter.
VIKINGS TE Kyle Rudolph had 9-64 receiving on 10 targets in Week 12 loss.
Check status of VIKINGS WR Stefon Diggs (knee; inactive in Week 12) and CB Terence Newman (neck; inactive in Week 12).
VIKINGS ’ depleted O-line has allowed only 2 sacks in last 2 games (zero sacks in Week 12 loss).
VIKINGS SLB Anthony Barr had a sack and 4 tackles in Week 12 loss.
VIKINGS LB Eric Kendricks had 5 tackles, 1 TFL in Week 12 loss.