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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 11/3/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




MINNESOTA (1 - 6) at DALLAS (4 - 4)
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Week 9 Sunday, 11/3/2013 1:00 PM
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-6-6.72-56-123.314.1305.9(5.4)
Road Games1-3-1.72-23-123.715.5319.7(5.6)2.528.714.2392.7(5.5)2.2
Last 3 Games0-3-3.40-32-116.09.0246.3(4.5)1.734.016.0362.7(5.3)0.3
Turf Games0-1-10-10-17.07.0206.0(3.1)
MINNESOTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)23.314.116.724:5222-103(4.6)20-3558.0%203(5.8)57-306(5.4)(13.1)
Opponents Defensive Avg.
Offense Road Games23.715.516.025:0423-101(4.3)17-3451.5%219(6.4)57-320(5.6)(13.5)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.71220.531:3825-100(4)23-3762.2%259(7)62-359(5.8)(15.1)
Defense Road Games28.714.224.534:5528-97(3.5)29-4366.9%296(6.9)71-393(5.5)(13.7)
MINNESOTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.90.61.5214-539.5%1-043.4%2-56(25)21-2(10.5)6-55
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 15-851.0%1-175.0%2-67(27.7)2-29(11.8)6-65
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.10.71.9 13-539.3%1-049.7%2-54(23.3)21-2(9.6)6-56
Stats Against (Road Games) 15-745.8%0-00.0%3-95(31.7)2-16(7.2)6-61

DALLAS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-4+0.27-14-428.713.5341.6(5.8)
Home Games3-1+24-02-236.516.0365.5(6.4)
Last 3 Games2-1+1.33-01-226.09.0283.0(4.8)
Turf Games3-1+24-02-236.516.0365.5(6.4)
DALLAS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)28.713.520.130:1722-81(3.7)24-3766.1%261(7.1)59-342(5.8)(11.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.24.612.220.630:4025-105(4.2)23-3762.1%262(7)62-367(5.9)(14.9)
Offense Home Games36.516.021.230:5322-95(4.2)24-3569.1%270(7.8)57-365(6.4)(10)
Defense (All Games)23.28.923.929:4324-107(4.4)27-4363.1%315(7.3)68-422(6.2)(18.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.25.411.52230:2027-110(4.1)24-3862.2%270(7.1)65-380(5.8)(15)
Defense Home Games26.211.024.229:0722-101(4.5)27-4362.8%314(7.3)65-415(6.3)(15.8)
DALLAS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.61.61.813-536.3%1-043.6%2-57(25)21-2(10.2)7-59
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-537.4%1-150.0%2-38(21.7)2-15(6.5)7-59
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.81.8 14-640.5%1-040.4%2-45(23.7)20-2(8)7-56
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-645.3%2-142.9%2-48(21.6)3-15(4.8)7-63
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 22.3,  DALLAS 19.6
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ DETROIT24-34L4L46O22-10518-28-225433-11728-43-3522
9/15/2013@ CHICAGO30-31L6W40.5O33-12316-30-227326-12928-39-2824
10/21/2013@ NY GIANTS7-23L4L47.5U14-3020-53-176332-6423-39-1931
10/27/2013GREEN BAY31-44L7L47.5O19-11114-21-132042-18224-29-2820
11/3/2013@ DALLAS            
11/17/2013@ SEATTLE            
11/24/2013@ GREEN BAY            

DALLAS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013NY GIANTS36-31W-3.5W48.5O23-8736-49-244114-5027-42-4286
9/15/2013@ KANSAS CITY16-17L3W45U16-3730-42-281225-11421-36-1990
9/22/2013ST LOUIS31-7W-3W48U34-19317-24-203112-3529-49-1971
9/29/2013@ SAN DIEGO21-30L-1L47O16-9227-37-225127-11235-42-3941
10/20/2013@ PHILADELPHIA17-3W3W55U26-7428-47-294223-8422-49-1943
10/27/2013@ DETROIT30-31L3W51O26-6214-30-206029-14333-48-4804
11/10/2013@ NEW ORLEANS            
11/24/2013@ NY GIANTS            
MINNESOTA: The Vikings have adopted more of a versatile running scheme, mixing in a lot of man blocking with their usual zone stuff. Obviously, Adrian Peterson is the centerpiece of this offense, and after bringing him along somewhat slowly early last season, he'll be all-systems-go as a three-down workhorse this year. Toby Gerhart will occasionally spell him and would take a full workload if Peterson were to get hurt again. This is a West Coast passing game that has Christian Ponder moving around a lot. In the past, their favorite play had been to roll Ponder out with Percy Harvin for some long hand-offs. They'd like rookie Cordarrelle Patterson to take that role of the departed Harvin. TE Kyle Rudolph will also inherit those looks, and they'll involve Peterson in the screen game frequently. Greg Jennings will move around a lot and should be their leading receiver. Jerome Simpson is a pure deep threat, while third receiver Jarius Wright will line up inside and out, but is better working downfield. Not surprisingly, the Vikings continued to ride Peterson in the red zone (59 carries inside 20-yd line last season), and they'll do the same this year. When they throw, it's usually off play-action with Rudolph. The strength of this defense comes up front with 4-time All-Pro DE Jared Allen (117 career sacks) and 5-time All-Pro DT Kevin Williams (56.5 career sacks), plus first-round pick DT Sharrif Floyd and new DE Lawrence Jackson. The Vikings still have star SLB Chad Greenway (148 tackles, T-2nd in NFL) all over the field, but despite the defense's utter lack of playmakers, it added no significant free agents in the back seven. The subpar pass defense (244 YPG, 24th in NFL) got even weaker when it allowed top CB Antoine Winfield to sign elsewhere. CB Chris Cook and rookie CB Xavier Rhodes are a shaky starting duo.
DALLAS: Jason Garrett will give up his play-calling duties to new offensive coordinator Bill Callahan this year. That should mean more work for the running game after a year in which the Cowboys were the second-most pass-heavy team in football (66.2 percent). Callahan is an O-Line guru who has built a quality zone-blocking scheme in Dallas. DeMarco Murray will continue to take a true No. 1 workload, with a battle for carries behind him. Rookie Joseph Randle fits the system and should be the long-term No. 2, though either scat back Lance Dunbar or big back Phillip Tanner could hold the job early. Garrett runs an aggressive Air Coryell passing game, though it figures to be reigned in a bit after last year's pass-heavy play-calling. The Cowboys use a lot of two-back base looks, though later in the year they might start using Miles Austin in the slot and Terrence Williams outside. Dez Bryant is now the clear-cut No. 1 option on most plays, getting the ball any time he's in single coverage on the outside. Romo often comes back to TE Jason Witten, heavily used as an intermediate-to-short target. Austin does more catch-and-run work over the middle and will stretch the seam. Garrett is willing to keep it on the ground in the red zone, with Murray the primary goal line back. Dallas will switch to a 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and D-Line coach Rod Marinelli, the DC for Chicago's amazing 44-turnover defense last year. This will hopefully increase the team's paltry 16 takeaways as DeMarcus Ware (111 career sacks) shifts to DE, Sean Lee mans the MLB spot and Bruce Carter explodes from the WLB position. The Cowboys also inked two new starters via free agency, SLB Justin Durant and FS Will Allen. Young CBs Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr are both developing nicely.
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(UPDATES with Waters going on IR)

*Vikings-Cowboys Preview* =========================


Vulnerable defenses have plagued the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings, with especially poor showings leading to losses for both clubs last week.

Sunday's meeting in Dallas appears to favor the Cowboys, who have compensated with one of the league's highest-scoring offenses. In contrast, Minnesota didn't even decide until Friday that Christian Ponder would be under center trying to improve an ineffective attack.

Neither team has had much success stopping opponents, with Dallas' 422.5 yards allowed per game ranking last and Minnesota 30th at 401.6. Both teams failed to provide reason for encouragement with their worst defensive performances of the season last Sunday.

Dallas (4-4) surrendered 623 yards in a 31-30 loss at Detroit - the 11th-highest total in NFL history - including the second-highest single-game receiving yardage total to Calvin Johnson (329). The Cowboys gave up a six-play, 80-yard drive in 50 seconds, capped by Matthew Stafford's winning one-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds left.

A number of injures in the secondary didn't help. Starting safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox were out, though Church is expected to play Sunday while Wilcox remains out. Cornerback Morris Claiborne, however, will miss this game and possibly one more due to a hamstring injury suffered against the Lions.

The Cowboys have some fine-tuning to do on offense, too, with Tony Romo completing less than 50 percent of his passes for the first time since 2009 last week. However, he threw for three touchdowns as Dallas scored at least 30 for the fifth time this season.

Frustration from the defense's late collapse seemed to spill over to the rest of the team, with receiver Dez Bryant finding himself in a shouting match with various teammates and coaches on the sideline shortly after Stafford's decisive score. Coach Jason Garrett and owner Jerry Jones have since downplayed the significance of Bryant's outburst.

"When you put your guts out there for three hours, collectively, sometimes it's hard to swallow those kinds of defeats," Garrett said. "What we need to do as a football team is learn from what just happened and find a way, in all three phases, to win this kind of game, and do what we need to do to win the game."

The Vikings (1-6) are in considerably more dire straits, matching their loss total of last year with a 44-31 defeat to Green Bay last week. Minnesota gave up a season-high 182 rushing yards and every Packers possession ended with points except for their last drive, which concluded in the victory formation.

Opponents are converting a league-high 51.0 percent of the time on third downs against the Vikings after Green Bay went 13 for 18.

"You've got to look at how we're doing it, what we're doing schematically, and also the people that you're asking to do certain things," coach Leslie Frazier said. "Can they get it done? Do we need to be doing something different based on the people that we're asking to execute the defense?"

Frazier will at least have the services of one of the league's best defensive ends with Jared Allen staying put after speculation that he would be moved prior to the trade deadline Tuesday.

Frazier announced Friday that he would go with Ponder over Josh Freeman as his starting quarterback. Ponder was 14 of 21 for 145 yards against Green Bay with Freeman sidelined due to a concussion, though it appears Freeman would be able to play Sunday.

"I don't know if there's any one thing I can point to and say why it's Christian and Josh in this determination," Frazier said earlier in the week. He now says Ponder gives the team the best chance to win.

Ponder may want to target Greg Jennings, who has caught 24 passes for 327 yards and two TDs in four career games against Dallas.

An abysmal passing game that ranks 30th with a 69.6 rating has limited opportunities for Adrian Peterson, who has 150 yards on just 36 carries over his last three games. Opponents have been able to key on the star running back with little fear of being beaten deep.

The Cowboys hope to get their own running game going with the expected return of DeMarco Murray, who has missed two contests with a sprained left knee. Murray, who had run for scores in three of his last four games, faces a Vikings team that has allowed nine rushing TDs - second most in the NFC.

Dallas is 11-0 all-time when Murray gets 18 or more carries.

Minnesota holds an 11-10 series edge while winning five of six, the most recent of which was a 24-21 home victory Oct. 17, 2010.

Romo is 1-1 in two starts against the Vikings, completing 77.5 percent of his passes for 497 yards, four TDs and two picks.

The Cowboys placed guard Brian Waters on injured reserve Saturday after the six-time Pro Bowler suffered a triceps injury last week.

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