20 Brief & Essential Facts: Vikings-Cowboys

20 Brief & Essential Facts: Vikings-Cowboys
Nov 22, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

Each week, VikingsTerritory details 20 statistical or interesting facts about the upcoming Minnesota Vikings game. This week’s edition involves the Dallas Cowboys, who are 1.5-point favorites facing the Vikings in Week 11.

The game is on November 20th, 2022, at 3:25 pm CST at U.S. Bank Stadium.

These are the 20 random facts to know about Vikings-Cowboys:

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1. The Cowboys defense ranks first in the NFL in Sacks, averaging 3.9 per game. And Vikings left tackle Christian Darrisaw is questionable (as of Friday morning).

2. Dallas strangely struggles on 3rd Down, converting 37.1% of the time. That ranks 25th in the NFL.

3. Dalvin Cook’s 81-yard touchdown was the longest rushing score for the Vikings since Adrian Peterson’s 2012 MVP season.

4. Through nine games, the Vikings offensive line ranks ninth-best leaguewide per Pro Football Focus. Where have you been, oh mighty OL, all our lives?

5. The Vikings magic number for the NFC North is now three — with six days until Thanksgiving. Any combination of three wins or three Green Bay Packers losses (combined) hands the Vikings the NFC North for the first time since 2017. If one factors in the Detroit Lions, the magic number remains four.

6. Teams led by Kirk Cousins are 2-8 (.200) against the Cowboys. But Cousins oddly has an 18-TD to 5-INT split versus Dallas.

7. The Vikings haven’t won a home game against the Cowboys since 2010. That game was Randy Moss’ first home game back with the Vikings during the brief 2010 reunion. Minnesota has lost to Dallas thrice in a row at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Justin Jefferson Lays Out 2022 Endgame
Oct 30, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

8. Justin Jefferson is on pace for 2,002 receiving yards and 9 total touchdowns.

9. Minnesota has a 99% chance of reaching the playoffs, per FiveThirtyEight. The Cowboys are at 93%.

10. T.J. Hockenson will play his first home game as a member of the Vikings versus the Cowboys on Sunday.

11. Minnesota doesn’t play another outdoor game until Week 17. The next six games are indoors.

12. The Vikings Week 10 win in Buffalo was the first time the franchise erased a 14+ point halftime deficit on the road to win a regular season game in 37 years.

13. Minnesota has scored at least one touchdown in 96 consecutive games (including playoffs). It is the eighth-longest streak in NFL history.

14. At 72.0%, the Vikings rank 31st leaguewide in defensive redzone touchdown percentage. If opponents tunnel into the redzone, they usually score against Minnesota.

Prescott v Vikings
Nov 10, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Danielle Hunter. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports.

15. According to Pro Football Focus, the Vikings best player at the moment is Christian Darrisaw, with an 89.8 grade. Darrisaw is on track for Pro Bowl and All-Pro recognition.

16. Dallas has two former Vikings players affiliated with its current roster: Anthony Barr and Jayron Kearse.

17. Since the start of 2020, 31 of 42 Vikings games have been decided by one score or less. That’s 74%.

18. Thru 10 weeks, the Vikings defense ranks second in takeaways.

19. Kirk Cousins has thrown a touchdown pass in 39 consecutive games, the sixth-longest streak in NFL history.

20. The Vikings are 1.5-point underdogs versus Dallas. If the line does not change, it would be the first time since 1976 that a team 8-1 or better (with a QB1) was a home underdog. 46 Years.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).