Dallas Cowboys vs Minnesota Vikings: Predictions, betting trends and stats for Week 8

By Squawka NFL

Published: 11:28, 28 October 2021

The Dallas Cowboys (5-1) are only 2.5-point favorites as they try to extend their five-game winning streak in a matchup against the Minnesota Vikings (3-3) on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at U.S. Bank Stadium. A 52-point over/under is set for the game.

Cowboys vs Vikings predictions

Squawka predictions for Cowboys vs Vikings
ATS Total Score prediction
Vikings (+2.5) Over (52) Vikings 27 Cowboys 26

Last three results

Cowboys recent betting insights

  • Dallas is unbeaten against the spread and 3-0 overall in its past three contests.
  • In its past three games, Dallas has hit the over.
  • The Cowboys have averaged a total of 51.3 combined points over their last three games, 0.7 less than this game’s over/under of 52.

Vikings recent betting insights

  • In its past three games, Minnesota has one win against the spread, and is 2-1 overall.
  • Minnesota has hit the over once in its past three games.
  • The Vikings have averaged a total of 49.2 combined points in their last three games, 2.8 fewer than this game’s total of 52.

Cowboys vs Vikings head-to-head

Dallas has an edge against Minnesota in the past five matchups between these two teams, collecting a 3-2 record in those games. The Cowboys have a 1-0 record against the spread in those games against the Vikings, with the two squads going over the point total in that game. Dallas outscored Minnesota 120-118 in those five head-to-head matchups.

Cowboys vs Vikings betting odds

Cowboys vs Vikings betting information
Favorite Spread Favorite spread odds Underdog spread odds Total Over total odds Under total odds
Cowboys -2.5 -115 -105 52 -110 -110

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Cowboys vs Vikings betting insights

Cowboys trends

  • Dallas has covered (or pushed) in each game with a spread this season for a 6-0-0 ATS record.
  • The Cowboys have an ATS record of 4-0 when playing as at least 2.5-point favorites.
  • This season, five of Dallas’ games have gone over the point total.
  • The Cowboys average 34.2 points per game, 11.4 more than the Vikings give up per contest (22.8).
  • Dallas is 5-0 against the spread and 4-1 overall this season when the team records more than 22.8 points.
  • The Cowboys collect 460.8 yards per game, 102.5 more yards than the 358.3 the Vikings allow per outing.
  • When Dallas piles up more than 358.3 yards, the team is 6-0 against the spread and 5-1 overall.

Vikings trends

  • Minnesota has covered the spread three times in six games with a set spread.
  • In games they have played as 2.5-point underdogs or more, the Vikings have a perfect ATS record of 1-0.
  • Minnesota’s games have gone over the total three times this season.
  • This season the Vikings average just 0.2 more points per game (24.5) than the Cowboys surrender (24.3).
  • Minnesota is 3-0 against the spread and 2-1 overall in games when it puts up more than 24.3 points.
  • The Vikings rack up 414.2 yards per game, 33.0 more yards than the 381.2 the Cowboys give up.
  • Minnesota is 3-2 against the spread and 3-2 overall when the team totals over 381.2 yards.

Team stats

Compare 2021 season stats for Cowboys and Vikings
Cowboys Stats Vikings
305.8 Pass yards 296.7
311.2 Pass yards against 254.0
164.3 Rush yards 127.8
86.2 Rush yards against 128.0
+7 Turnover differential +2

Player betting tips

Cowboys top players

  • Dak Prescott has accumulated 1,813 passing yards (302.2 per game) while completing 158 of 216 passes (73.1%), with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has tacked on 70 rushing yards, averaging 11.7 per game.
  • Prescott has thrown for a touchdown five times this season in six games played, including multiple TD passes five times.
  • Ezekiel Elliott has picked up a team-leading 521 rushing yards (86.8 per game) and five scores. He has tacked on 16 receptions for 105 yards and one TD.
  • Elliott has rushed for at least one touchdown four times this season, including one game with multiple rushing TDs.
  • CeeDee Lamb has been targeted 49 times and has 33 catches, leading his team with 497 yards (82.8 ypg) while scoring four touchdowns.
  • In three of six games this year, Lamb has had a receiving touchdown (and one game with multiple touchdown catches).
Select player props for the Dallas Cowboys
Name Pass Yds Pass TDs Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Yds Rec TDs
Dak Prescott 287.5 (-115) 15.5 (-119)
Ezekiel Elliott 81.5 (-117) 17.5 (-115)
CeeDee Lamb 1.5 (+100) 76.5 (-115)

Vikings top players

  • This campaign, Kirk Cousins has recorded 1,769 passing yards (294.8 per game) while completing 166 of 239 passes (69.5%), with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.
  • Dalvin Cook has 80 attempts for a team-high 366 rushing yards (61.0 per game) and two touchdowns.
  • So far this season Alexander Mattison has rushed for 268 yards on 68 carries (44.7 yards per game). Mattison also helps out in the passing game, catching 15 passes for 120 (20.0 yards per game) while scoring one touchdown.
  • This season Justin Jefferson has 41 receptions for a team-high 542 yards (90.3 per game) and three touchdowns.
  • Adam Thielen has contributed with 37 receptions (on 50 targets) for 393 yards and five touchdowns.
  • K.J. Osborn has collected 311 yards on 26 receptions with two touchdowns, averaging 51.8 yards per game.
Select player props for the Minnesota Vikings
Name Pass Yds Pass TDs Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Yds Rec TDs
Kirk Cousins 284.5 (-116) 2.5 (+113) 5.5 (-118)
Dalvin Cook 86.5 (-118) 25.5 (-107)
Justin Jefferson 87.5 (-114)


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