Cowboys vs. Vikings odds, spread, line: Sunday Night Football picks, predictions from NFL model on 126-85 run

The Dallas Cowboys (5-1) and Minnesota Vikings (3-3) face off in a primetime matchup on Sunday Night Football. Both teams have been hot and are looking to extend their win streaks. This matchup features two top-five offenses in the league. Dallas boasts the NFL’s top-ranked offense, averaging 460.8 yards per game. However, the Cowboys will be without quarterback Dak Prescott on Sunday night due to a calf injury. Minnesota, meanwhile, is ranked fifth with 414.2 yards per contest.

Kickoff from U.S. Bank Stadium is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Minnesota is favored by four points in the latest Cowboys vs. Vikings odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is 49.5. Before locking in your Vikings vs. Cowboys picks, check out the NFL predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model. 

The model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, is up almost $7,700 for $100 players on top-rated NFL picks since its inception six-plus years ago. The model enters Week 8 of the 2021 season on an incredible 126-85 run on top-rated NFL picks that dates back to the 2017 season.

The model also ranked in the top 10 on NFLPickWatch four of the past five years on straight-up NFL picks and beat more than 94 percent of CBS Sports Football Pick’em players four times during that span. Anyone who has followed it is way up.

Now, the model has simulated Cowboys vs. Vikings 10,000 times and just revealed its coveted NFL picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see  picks. Here are several NFL odds and betting betting for Cowboys vs. Vikings:

  • Cowboys vs. Vikings spread: Vikings -4
  • Cowboys vs. Vikings over-under: 49.5 points
  • Cowboys vs. Vikings money line: Dallas +170, Minnesota -200 
  • DAL: The Cowboys are 6-0 against the spread in their last six games
  • MIN: The over is 5-0 in Vikings last five games following a bye week

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Why the Cowboys can cover

Cornerback Trevon Diggs has been off to a sensational start. Diggs has an interception in every game thus far and leads the NFL with seven picks. The Alabama product has returned two interceptions to the house for a score, including a 42-yard interception late in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots to give Dallas the lead. Diggs is also first in the NFL with 11 pass deflections.

Rookie linebacker Micah Parsons is third on the team in total tackles with 31, including 20 solo. He is also second on the team with 2.5 sacks. The 2021 first-round pick has logged at least six tackles in three games this season. Parsons has shown his ability to rush the passer, stuff the run and drop back in coverage. 

Why the Vikings can cover

The Vikings also roll into this matchup with one of the best offenses in the league. Minnesota is fifth in total offense and averages 414.2 yards per game. Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been stellar through the first six games of the season, completing 70 percent of his passes for 1,769 yards and 13 passing touchdowns. He is tied for the second-fewest interceptions thrown with two.  

Running back Dalvin Cook returned from an ankle injury against the Carolina Panthers and rushed for a season-high 140 yards on 29 carries with a score. Cook leads the team with 80 carries for 366 yards and two touchdowns. Minnesota also trots out a talented duo at receiver. Justin Jefferson leads the Vikings with 41 catches for 542 yards and three scores, while Adam Thielen has caught 37 passes for 393 yards and a team-high five touchdowns.

How to make Cowboys vs. Vikings picks 

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 55 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Cowboys vs. Vikings picks at SportsLine. 

So who wins Vikings vs. Cowboys on Sunday Night Football? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Vikings vs. Cowboys spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up over $7,900 on its NFL picks, and find out.

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