Cowboys vs. Vikings Point Spread: NFL Week 8 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 26, 2021

Both teams will be plenty rested for Week 8's Sunday night matchup, as the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys are both coming off bye weeks.

Dallas
8-4
AT
October 31, 2021, 8:20 PM ET
U.S. Bank Stadium
Minnesota
5-7
Pointspread +4 -103
Moneyline +170
Over / Under o +49.5

63%

Betting Action

37%

Pointspread -4 -117
Moneyline -204
Over / Under u +49.5

63%

Betting Action

37%

The Sunday night NFL game in Week 7 was played in a monsoon, but that won’t be an issue Sunday night in Week 8 when the Dallas Cowboys visit the Minnesota Vikings.

The Cowboys opened as 3-point favourites to win on the NFL odds, with a total of 54.5 points.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

A little unusual that both teams come off a bye when they meet, but there were six teams off around the NFL in Week 7. That Dallas was off last week was huge because the Cowboys almost surely would not have had QB Dak Prescott available. More on him below.

The Cowboys are 17-15 all-time vs. the Vikings – Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer is a former Dallas defensive coordinator – including playoffs. The teams met in the Twin Cities last year and the Cowboys were 31-28 upset winners with Prescott out injured. Andy Dalton, now a backup in Chicago, threw for 203 yards and three scores and Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 103 yards and caught a TD pass.

Kirk Cousins threw for 314 yards and three scores for Minnesota. Adam Thielen caught eight passes for 123 yards and two scores, and Dalvin Cook rushed for 115 yards and a TD. There will definitely be some offensive talent on display Sunday.

The underdog is 4-0 against the spread in the past four meetings.

Dallas Cowboys

The NFC East race already is over for Dallas, which has a four-game lead over the rest of the division in the loss column. The Cowboys are -982 favourites to win the East and +553 to win the NFC. They enter on a five-game winning streak and their lone loss was in the final seconds of Week 1 at defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay. Dallas leads the NFL in total offence at 460.8 yards per game and is No. 2 in rushing at 164.3 ypg with the two-headed monster of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard.

The Cowboys are pretty healthy coming out of a bye, but definitely monitor the status of QB Dak Prescott, the lock NFL Comeback Player of the Year. He suffered a calf strain on the final play of Week 6 against New England. The team expects him to play. Dallas is the NFL’s lone unbeaten ATS team this year at 6-0.

Minnesota Vikings

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was on a very hot seat when his team was 1-3, but the Vikings have won back-to-back close games against Detroit and Carolina – two bad teams. Minnesota nearly blew both of them late before rallying. Future Hall of Fame cornerback Patrick Peterson will miss the next three games on injured reserve. He signed with Minnesota this off-season after spending his first 10 seasons in Arizona. To make the playoffs, the Vikings are +149 with no at -192. This next four-game stretch likely will decide any post-season fate with a very tough stretch after the Cowboys: at Ravens, at Chargers, vs. Packers. Minnesota is 1-6 ATS in its past seven at home.

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