Thursday Night Football Betting – Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings
There is no “short week” for either team in this week’s Thursday night football game, as both the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings played on Thanksgiving. While the Cowboys look as if they are going to coast into the playoffs, the Vikings have spoiled their good start and are going to have to struggle to get there. After losing in overtime a week ago, they now trail the Detroit Lions by a game in the NFC North as they play the role of the host here, kicking off at 8:25 PM ET at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. BetAnySports customers can get reduced juice wagering before the game, and then after it kicks off, they can engage in real-time action through the facilities provided by Live Betting Ultra.
Dallas is 10-1 straight-up, and they are 9-1-1 against the football pointspread, suffering their first non-cover last week in a 31-26 victory over the Washington Redskins. Minnesota is 6-5 straight-up and against the number. The Vikings have lost five of their last six games, and most of these performances has been characterized by a decided lack of offense. They have not been able to run the ball virtually from the beginning, as they have been missing Adrian Peterson since the second game of the season. Even while Peterson was in the lineup, he averaged just 1.6 yards per carry, and perhaps relief is in sight, as he can come off of injured reserve soon.
Running the ball is no problem whatsoever for the Cowboys, as they have a rookie of the year candidate – who could also be the MVP – in Ezekiel Elliott, who’s piled up 1199 yards already. Any team that can run the ball with a lot of success can put together drives, and this Dallas team is averaged over 33 minutes of possession per game. And of course, Dak Prescott has been close to flawless, completing just under 68% of his passes with 18 touchdowns. Perhaps the most remarkable part of it is that he’s been intercepted only twice in 340 attempts.
In the Thursday night football betting odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, Dallas is favored on the road:
Dallas Cowboys -3.5 (-105)
Minnesota Vikings +3.5 (-115)
Over 44 points -110
Under 44 points -110
Sam Bradford has played in such a way that he is minimizing mistakes as well, tossing only three interceptions. But he is largely immobile, making him more susceptible to sacks, something that has happened 26 times to him. Bradford has also been more and more cautious about really getting it down the field. As a result, Minnesota’s passing attack is somewhat limited.
It’s really up to the defense when it comes to the Vikings, and what they do best is defend against the pass. The secondary has allowed opponents only 5.6 yards per attempt, and they have intercepted 12 passes as well. BetAnySportspatrons know that the Cowboys have not been held below 24 points since the season opener against New York Giants, and Minnesota’s allowed only 17.5 points per game.
Can Dallas get a pass rush? Well, they been kind of mediocre in that category, with only 20 sacks, but Minnesota’s offensive line is really in a shambles right now. They got a lot of guys banged up, and that Includes center Joe Berger and right tackle Jeremiah Sirles. Remember that they also have to go the rest of the way without left tackle Matt Kalil.
The Vikings have scored more than 20 points only once in their last six games, and in that one, a 30-24 win over Arizona, they needed the aid of both a kickoff and interception returned for touchdowns. The Dallas defense is somewhat pliable, and the secondary has only four interceptions, so it’s conceivable Bradford can do some business. But this Minnesota attack is one-dimensional, which makes things easier for everybody on the Cowboy side.
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