The Dallas Cowboys have been on a roll since their week one loss against Tampa and do not look to stop against the Minnesota Vikings.
Even though the Vikings are sitting at 3-3 (.500) they still have an explosive offense that can go toe to toe with Dallas.
Not only is their offense good, but their defensive line is also stout and is tied in the NFL with 21 sacks.
The Cowboys will need to be on their A-game and hopefully, they can maintain their hot streak coming off a bye week.
Let’s dive into the three key factors that need to happen for the Cowboys to be victorious on Sunday night.
Continue running the ball effectively
The main key factor that has contributed to the Cowboys success the past 5 games has been their running game.
Running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard have been the NFL’s best duo through the first six weeks.
Until last week, both players were in the top ten in rushing yards even though they share the workload week in and out.
In order for the Cowboys to improve their record to 6-1, they will need to get Elliott and Pollard involved early in often.
There has not been no other team except for the Buccaneers who has been able to stop Dallas from imposing their will to run the football.
If that trend continues then Dallas will extend their win streak to six straight games.
CeeDee Lamb has another big game
CeeDee Lamb had a career day against the New England Patriots with 8 catches, 149 yards and 2 TD’s in an overtime win.
Lamb knew the Patriots were committed to stopping the run game so stepped up and delivered much like he did at Oklahoma.
Cowboys will need yet another big performance from him as Dak Prescott is currently dealing with a calf injury for the past two weeks.
Lamb will have to make Prescott and the offense job easier by winning his matchup and finding soft spots in the zone like he did against the Patriots.
The Vikings are not that great against the pass, as Patrick Peterson will not be available so look for Lamb to take advantage of an below average secondary.
If Lamb can put together a similar performance, the Cowboys will be looking at yet another impressive win.
Defensive lines brings constant pressure
The Dallas defensive line has not been great but it has been a lot better than the production from last season.
In the past three games, they were able to affect opposing quarterbacks and notch sacks that changed the momentum of the game.
Randy Gregory for instance has four sacks through six games which leads the team, followed by Micah Parsons with 2.5 and Osa Odighizuwa with 1.5.
Collectively they have been one of the best pressure teams and believe they can get after Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Cousins has not turned the ball over this season as he has in recent years.
He has been lighting up defenses down the field with Justin Jefferson and Adam Theilen on the outside.
For the Dallas defense to limit the big plays from the Vikings, the defensive line will need to get constant pressure to knock their offense out of rhythm.
It will be a challenge but if the Cowboys can focus on those three key factors, they will walk away victorious.
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