Explained: 8 Big Things to Follow in Vikings-Cowboys

Explained: 8 Big Things to Follow in Vikings-Cowboys
Nov 22, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports.

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This is Episode 165 of VikesNow, a YouTube channel devoted to daily Minnesota Vikings analysis. This episode examines storylines between Vikings-Cowboys on Sunday.

Particularly, Christian Darrisaw, T.J. Hockenson, and the Cowboys run defense are discussed.

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The Vikings knocked off the Buffalo Bills in Week 10, 33-30, courtesy of late-game heroics authored by Justin Jefferson, Kirk Cousins, the Vikings defense, and Dalvin Cook. O’Connell’s men circumvented a 17-point lead in the 2nd Half at a time when some Vikings fans had given up hope, particularly as the Bills led 27-10.

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Oct 30, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings fan as The Joker. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson recorded 10 catches, 193 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown in a game where the phenom playmaker exuded the utmost clutch performance. He extended the game on a 4th and 18 play that will live in Vikings lore eternally.

The Vikings are 1.5-point road underdogs at home against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11, a team that lost to Green Bay Packers last weekend. Dallas hopes to keep pace with the Philadelphia Eagles (8-1) and upstart New York Giants (7-2) in the NFC East.

The Packers lost again in Week 11 — a home failure against the Tennessee Titans. Their playoff hopes are all but gutted. The Vikings are the No. 2 seed in the NFC behind the Eagles and would host a home playoff game versus the San Francisco 49ers if the playoffs started today.

Ed Donatell’s defense disallowed the Bills from scoring a touchdown in the 2nd Half, yet another reason — of many — the Vikings stunned Buffalo.

A 2-6 or 1-7 record the rest of the way would plop the Vikings in the postseason. Of course, winning the division is preferred, but subpar football, as a worst-case scenario, would net a playoff berth. That’s the perk of an 8-1 start. The Vikings have a 99% probability of reaching the postseason, per FiveThirtyEight.

Since U.S. Bank Stadium opened in 2016, the Cowboys have won three times at the Vikings house — in 2016, 2020, and 2021.


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).