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Game Preview: Vikings at Cowboys

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings (6-3) are heading farther down I-35 than last week and looking for a better result than Week 9's last-second, 26-23 loss at Kansas City when they visit the Dallas Cowboys (5-3) on Sunday Night Football.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:20 p.m.

Despite some inconsistencies against the Chiefs, Kirk Cousins has totaled an NFL-best passer rating of 127.1 in the past five games. He ranks second in the NFL with 1,482 yards and 10 touchdowns and fourth in the league with a completion percentage of 78.4 in that span.

Dalvin Cook leads the NFL with 894 rushing yards and is second with 1,232 yards from scrimmage. He needs 106 more yards on the ground to become Minnesota's first 1,000-yard rusher since Adrian Peterson led the NFL with 1,485 in 2015.

Stefon Diggs ranks seventh in the league with 710 receiving yards after breaking Randy Moss' franchise record for yards in a three-game stretch with 452 from Week 6 to Week 8. Diggs was limited to one catch for four yards by the Chiefs.

Minnesota's offense ranks eighth in yards per game (386.7), fourth in yards per play (6.23), third in rushing yards per game (153.0), 16th in passing yards per game (233.7) and 11th in points per game (26.0).

Dallas' offense leads the NFL in yards per game (436.8) and yards per play (6.69), and ranks fourth in rushing yards per game (149.3) and passing yards per game (287.5), as well as fifth in points per game (28.4).

The Vikings rank fourth in the NFL in points against (17.6), seventh in yards allowed per game (320.9), ninth in rushing yards allowed per game (95.8) and eighth in passing yards allowed per game (225.1).

The Cowboys rank fifth in the NFL in points against (17.8), sixth in yards allowed per game (318.1), 11th in rushing yards allowed per game (97.3) and seventh in passing yards allowed per game (220.9).


NBC (KARE 11 in Minneapolis/St. Paul)

Play-by-Play: Al Michaels

Analyst: Cris Collinsworth

Sideline Reporter: Michele Tafoya


KFAN 100.3-FM/KTLK 1130-AM in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen

Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporters: Greg Coleman & Ben Leber

Radio Pre-game Show: Mike Mussman | 5 p.m. (CT)

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the five-state Vikings Radio Network.


Westwood One Sports

Play-by-Play: Kevin Kugler

Analyst: Jason Taylor


Sirius: MIN 81 or Streaming 819; DAL 83 or Streaming 808; NATIONAL 88 or Streaming 88; SPANISH Streaming 970

XM: MIN 225 or Streaming 819; DAL 226 or Streaming 808; NATIONAL 88 or Streaming 88; SPANISH Streaming 970


Vikings defensive ends have combined for 18 sacks, 22 tackles for loss and 39 quarterback hits in 2019, the most among all NFL DE units in each category this season. Danielle Hunter leads the group with 8.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss.


Minnesota has opened a season 6-3 for the fifth time in NFL history (1977, 1983, 1989, 2003 and 2019).

Mike Zimmer is 8-3 against NFC East teams as head coach of the Vikings.

The Vikings offense has allowed only 16 sacks in 2019, which is tied for the seventh-fewest in the NFL.

QB Kirk Cousins has thrown 46 touchdown passes in a little more than a season-and-a-half with Minnesota. He passed Brett Favre (44) for eighth in Vikings history last week.

Dalvin Cook's 1,232 yards from scrimmage rank second in team history through the first nine games of a Vikings season behind Adrian Peterson's 1,301 during his 2007 rookie campaign.

Vikings running backs have combined for 1,734 scrimmage yards and lead the NFL in 2019. That total so far is 107 shy of the 1,841 put up by the group for the entire 2018 season.

Kyle Rudolph (406 receptions) needs eight catches to overtake Jake Reed (413) for fifth place on Minnesota's all-time list.

The Vikings defense has allowed the fewest rushing touchdowns in the NFL this season (two).

Danielle Hunter is fifth in the NFL with 10 tackles for loss (league stats).

Minnesota has recorded at least four sacks in five games this season, which is tied with New England and Pittsburgh for the most in the NFL.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Cowboys.


Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer was with the Cowboys from 1994-2006 as defensive backs coach (1994-99) and defensive coordinator (2000-06).

Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards coached Cowboys linebackers from 1998-2001.

Minnesota defensive line coach Andre Patterson coached defensive tackles in Dallas from 2000-02.

Vikings K Dan Bailey began his career with the Cowboys, playing in Dallas from 2011-17. He is one of three players in Cowboys history with more than 800 points.


The Vikings have five players who grew up in Texas on the roster: WR Davion Davis (Hutto), CB Kris Boyd (Gilmer), LS Austin Cutting (Keller), CB Holton Hill (Houston) and DE Danielle Hunter (Katy).

Four Minnesota coaches are from the Lone Star State: Gary Kubiak (Houston), Christian Jones (Houston), Jerry Gray (Lubbock) and Robert Rodriguez (El Paso).


Minnesota Defensive Coordinator George Edwards overlapped for two seasons with Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett on the Miami Dolphins staff.


Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Marwan Maalouf was with the Dolphins when Cowboys DE Robert Quinn was with Miami in 2018.

Minnesota QB Sean Mannion teamed with Quinn on the Rams for three seasons.

Vikings T Riley Reiff (2012-16) teamed with Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Kellen Moore (2012-14) and DE Kerry Hyder (2015-18) in Detroit.

Minnesota G Dakota Dozier and Dallas WR Devin Smith teamed together at the Jets.

Vikings G Josh Kline and Cowboys C Joe Looney teamed on the Titans in 2016. Kline teamed with Dallas T Cameron Fleming from 2014-15 in with the Patriots.


Vikings RB Ameer Abdullah and Cowboys K Brett Maher and DT Maliek Collins at Nebraska

Minnesota TE Tyler Conklin and Dallas QB Cooper Rush at Central Michigan

Vikings RB Alexander Mattison at Boise State with Cowboys WR Cedrick Wilson and LB Leighton Vander Esch

Minnesota WR Bisi Johnson and Dallas WR Michael Gallup at Colorado State

Vikings G Pat Elflein and DT Jalyn Holmes at Ohio State with Cowboys WR Devin Smith and RB Ezekiel Elliott

Minnesota LB Ben Gedeon and Dallas CB Jourdan Lewis at Michigan

Vikings DT Shamar Stephen and Cowboys CB Byron Jones at Connecticut

Minnesota CBs Kris Boyd and Holton Hill at Texas with Dallas G Connor Williams

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph and S Harrison Smith at Notre Dame with Cowboys G Zach Martin

Minnesota LBs Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks with Dallas G Xavier Su'a-Filo

Vikings DE Everson Griffen and Cowboys T Tyron Smith at Southern California

Minnesota CB Mike Hughes and Dallas DT Trysten Hill at UCF

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster for the 2019 season.



Kirk Cousins (with Washington): 7 games (7 starts), 176-of-257 passing, 1,919 yards, 12 passing TDs, 5 INT, 97.7 passer rating

Kyle Rudolph: 2 games (2 starts), 8 receptions, 80 yards, TD


Everson Griffen: 2 games (1 start), 10 tackles (league stats), 1.0 sack, FF, FR

Danielle Hunter: 1 game (1 start), 6 tackles (league stats), 2.0 sacks

Linval Joseph: 7 games (seven starts), 20 tackles (league stats), 4.0 sacks, 1 FF


Kirk Cousins (with Washington): 41-of-53 passing for 449 yards with 3 TD (120.7 passer rating) at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day in 2016

Linval Joseph (with New York Giants): 2.0 sacks on Oct. 28, 2012

Danielle Hunter: 2.0 sacks on Dec. 1, 2016

Everson Griffen: 8 tackles (league stats), FF, FR on Dec. 1, 2016


1. This will be 31st all-time meeting in the regular season or postseason between the franchises that played their first seasons in 1960 (Dallas) and 1961 (Minnesota). The Vikings are 11-12 in the regular season and 3-4 in postseason games against the Cowboys. The franchises also met for the first preseason game in Vikings history (Aug. 5, 1961, at Sioux Falls, South Dakota).

2. Dallas has won the past two meetings in the series by a combined six points.

3. The Cowboys are wearing navy jerseys instead of the white that they normally wear in home games, so this will be the first time for the Vikings to wear white in a game in Dallas since 1961, a contest played at the Cotton Bowl.

Longest Vikings winning streak in series: 5 games (Nov. 26, 1998 through Sept. 12, 2004)

Longest Vikings losing streak in series: 4 games (Sept. 24, 1961 through Oct. 18, 1970)