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Minnesota Vikings vs. Dallas Cowboys - 12/1/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Dallas Cowboys (10-1) at Minnesota Vikings (6-5)
Date & Time Thursday December 1, 2016, 8:25 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Vikings +3.5 -- Over/Under: 43.5
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NFL | Dallas Cowboys (10-1) at Minnesota Vikings (6-5)

The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings clash Thursday night in a key NFC NFL matchup at U.S. Bank Stadium on NBC.

The Dallas Cowboys look to build on their ridiculous 10-game winning streak to pad their lead in the NFC. The Dallas Cowboys have won seven of their last nine road games. Dak Prescott is completing 67.9 percent of his passes for 2,835 yards, 18 touchdowns and two interceptions. Prescott has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Cole Beasley and Jason Witten have combined for 1,200 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Dez Bryant has 33 receptions. The Dallas Cowboys ground game is averaging 157.3 yards per contest, and Ezekiel Elliott leads the way with 1,199 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Dallas is allowing 19.4 points and 362.2 yards per game. Sean Lee leads the Dallas Cowboys with 105 tackles, Tyrone Crawford has 3.5 sacks and Barry Church has two interceptions.

The Minnesota Vikings are desperate for a win after losing five of their last six games to remain in the NFC playoff hunt. The Minnesota Vikings have won six of their last seven home games. Sam Bradford is completing 71.3 percent of his passes for 2,415 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. Bradford has one or less touchdown pass in seven of his last nine games. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have combined for 1,318 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 48 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 71.1 yards per contest, and Jerick McKinnon leads the way with 316 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 17.5 points and 307 yards per game. Harrison Smith leads the Minnesota Vikings with 79 tackles, Linval Joseph has three sacks and Andrew Sendejo has two interceptions.

The Cowboys are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Vikings are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games and 37-16 ATS in their last 53 games overall. The Cowboys are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Minnesota and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 meetings overall.

This line may feel like a steal given how the Cowboys continue to railroad every team they play and have covered nine of their last 10 games. However, the Vikings are still great defensively and have been lights out in terms of covering at home. Not to mention the Vikings have lost just one game in their new stadium and that one loss was the Detroit Lions in overtime. However, with all that said, the Cowboys are head and shoulders the better team here and should be able to find a way to get the win and cover. You just can't bet against the Dallas Cowboys with the way they've played all season and the fact they'e 9-2 ATS.

Dallas Cowboys -3.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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