Vikings (2-3) vs. Cowboys (5-1), Sunday, October 21, 3:15 PM CT on FOX
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The Dallas Cowboys look to bounce bounce from their first defeat of the season and head into their bye week 6-1 as they take on the Minnesota Vikings at Texas Stadium on Sunday.
As strange as this sounds, a loss Sunday against the Vikings could mean that we share the lead in the NFC East. The Giants are sitting at 4-2 with a 4-game win streak while the Redskins are in at 3-2.
Adrian Peterson will be the main focus of the Cowboys defense. He ran all over Chicago for 224 yards last week at Chicago, and is the ignition to the offense. Minnesota has the 28th ranked pass offense in the NFL, so stopping Peterson will go a long way to a Dallas victory Sunday. The Cowboys have not allowed a 100-yard rusher all season long, so something will have to give.
The Dallas offense should have a field day passing the ball, as the Vikings have the worst overall pass defense in the NFL . However, Minnesota also has the most takeaways, with 14. Rushing the ball could prove to be a huge challenge though, as the Vikings have the 2nd best rush defense in the NFL.
It is possiblew that Greg Ellis could takeover the starting position as linebacker for the first time this season. Wade Phillips says that it is up in the air as to whether that will happen or if Anthony Spencer will start in his place again.
Starting wide receiver Terry Glenn (knee), and starting cornerback Anythony Henry (knee), are out with their respective injuries. It is likely that Henry will be back after the bye week though, so that is good news. Fullback Oliver Hoyte (neck) is doubtful, safety Courtney Brown (biceps), is questionable, and safety Keith Davis is probable.