Against the Spread: Cowboys continue downward trend

Tony Thompson
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The Dallas Cowboys must be getting used to the role of underdog by now. Not since 2015 have they been on the wrong side of the betting line so many times. Still, it hadn’t helped this team against the spread until last week, where the line was so high that even they couldn’t help but cover.

In news that surprises absolutely no one, the Cowboys enter the Sunday afternoon game against the Minnesota Vikings, a team coming into its own and riding a three game win streak, as 7.5-point underdogs at BETMGM. If this game was to be decided by who needs it more, then it would be no question who would emerge victorious.

Dallas will be trotting out yet another offensive line combination, a weekly tradition that’s like no other, in front of the returning Andy Dalton whose life has hit a bit of a rough patch including a concussion the last time he stepped on the field as well as contracting Covid-19. What he’s up against this week is nothing out of the ordinary: a formidable Minnesota defense whose best work has come during their three-game win streak.

Still, the issue for the Cowboys, as it has been all year, will be defensively. Despite coming off perhaps their best performance of the season before the bye week, their rush defense has been offensive in every sense of the word. To say that this week will test their mettle is an understatement, as the Vikings and Dalvin Cook boast the No. 3 ranked ground game by Football Outsiders.

The Verdict: The undermanned Cowboys fail to cover the 7.5 point spread but the over (49.5) comes through for the first time in five games.