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NFL Week 13 Preview: Cowboys Versus Vikings

Cowboys will use power rushing attack vs Vikings BRANDI KORTE VIA FLICKR


Cowboys Must Rely On Power Rushing Attack Against The Stout Vikings Defense

After sprinting out to a 5-0 start this season, The Minnesota Vikings have dropped five of their last six games and will host a rolling Dallas Cowboys team this Thursday night. The Cowboys have had great success with their ability to run the ball on opposing defenses. Ezekiel Elliott provides power and speed to the Cowboys offense and the Vikings will have their hands full Thursday night.

The Cowboys‘ recipe for success this season is no secret. They hold the league’s best rushing attack and they will need it to continue their winning streak. The Vikings have a very physical and dominating front seven. Ezekiel Elliott will have his work cut out for him as he attempts to continue his rookie season success. He’s already achieved the Cowboys‘ rookie rushing record with just under 1,200 total rushing yards. With five games to go, Elliot looks primed for a strong finish.

The Vikings give up an average of 4.2 yards a carry and just over 100 yards per game. These numbers are right around what Elliott averages for Dallas. The battle in the trenches is going to be the key factor in this one. The Cowboys‘ monstrous offensive line versus the stingy Vikings defensive line.

What might work in Minnesota’s favor is the fact that they have only given up five rushing touchdowns on the season. Elliott alone has found the end zone eleven times on the ground this season. Something will have to give, and I can tell you it won’t be the Cowboys‘ ability to run the ball effectively.

When a team is winning, everyone likes to pay attention to the quarterback position and credit that player. However the one aspect of an offense that travels well is the running game. The Vikings are at home this week against the Cowboys and it will be a crazy environment to say the least. The easiest way to nullify that energy and noise is to run the ball effectively and power through blocks.

Ezekiel Elliott has done that all season and I can’t see him slowing down. The Cowboys’ offensive scheme with Prescott at quarterback commands extra attention from the defense. Any slight hesitation from a defensive player gives Elliott or Prescott that ability to make a play with their legs. We’ll see how Minnesota responds to the Dallas offense.

The Cowboys will obviously try to get their receivers going on the outside and move the ball through the air. The running game is simply the most effective part of this offense and I would expect Dallas to establish it early. The Vikings are a strong defense and will be ready for the challenge, but if Dallas can get the running game going early, it’l be a very long night for the Minnesota defenders.

The Cowboys and Vikings will play Thursday night at 8:30 p.m. ET.