NFL Preview: Cowboys And Vikings in Desperation Mode

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

This weekend is do or die for Dallas and Minnesota. Al Dannity says the winner can have hope for the rest of 2010 while the loser can almost certainly wave goodbye to the post-season.

Romo can win through the air It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Brett Favre. First came the Jenn Sterger scandal, then he threw a game losing interception after getting beaten up by the Jets. Then he suffered what is known as a Hans Moleman injury. Things might be about to get even worse for the Vikings’ quarterback. He’s about to go up against a defensive unit that knows how to pressure a signal-caller.

While the overall performance of the Dallas defense could be better, they showed in their loss to the Bears that they can cause problems for a quarterback with poor protection. Favre doesn’t just lack protection, he lacks mobility too. This will likely be a painful day for the veteran, who has said any further aggravation of his injuries could cause him to miss games.

All of which will be a source of relief for Wade Phillips. The Dallas coach is still having difficulty finding ways to move the ball on the ground but he shouldn’t need to on Sunday. Pass defense is a big weakness for the Vikings, so Tony Romo should have no trouble maintaining the Cowboys’ average of 326.2 passing yards per game. NFL betting fans can expect a big day from the Dallas quarterback. Bet on the Dallas Cowboys to win as +1.5 underdogs with Sports Interaction.

Bears can win without run game The Bears have rolled to a 4-1 start despite lacking any semblance of a ground attack. This weekend they look good to make it 5-1 while still failing to get the ball moving in the run game.

The Seahawks visit Chicago with a stout run defense, holding opponents to just 72.8 rushing yards per game. The Bears match up well in this regard giving up just 78.6 rushing yards on average. That points to a game that will be won through the air and that gives Chicago a huge advantage. Jay Cutler has endured the kind of year Ben Roethlisberger suffered in 2008, taking all kinds of hits while still putting up great passing numbers. Big Ben turned that sack-filled year into a Super Bowl and while I don’t like the Bears to go that far, they can still win some games despite poor protection. Seattle should keep it reasonably close thanks to their 44 percent third down conversion rate but the Bears will do enough to win. Bet on the Chicago Bears to win as -7.0 favorites with Sports Interaction.