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NFL Expert Picks: Tight Battle Expected on 'Sunday Night Football'

The Vikings are back from the bye, and kick off the final 11 games with a prime-time showdown.

Minnesota (3-3) hosts Dallas (5-1) on Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is at 7:20 p.m. (CT) from U.S. Bank Stadium.

Let's see who the experts are picking to win the game:

Cowboys 31, Vikings 27 — Gregg Rosenthal,

I missed both of these teams last week. The Cowboys will get O-lineman La'el Collins back, and wideout Michael Gallup may not be far behind. The Vikings run defense has been a problem most of the season, and losing a resurgent Patrick Peterson will hurt the secondary. While I love Mike Zimmer's defensive flexibility, Mike McCarthy is the one here that is aware he's running an offense-first team. I trust the Cowboys to know who they are and stay aggressive, at least until the final two minutes. This should be a great game on Twitter.

Vikings 28, Cowboys 27 — Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

Both teams are coming off a bye, so they will be rested. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott needed the rest with his injured calf, so he should be good to go. The Vikings have played solid football the past two games, but this is a big step up in competition. Look for a lot of points in this one, but I will go with a home-team upset.

Cowboys 31, Vikings 27 — Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

With both teams coming off a bye, this should be a compelling game of two complete teams at full strength. Dak Prescott needed the rest and he'll back ready to rev up the Cowboys' explosive, borderline unstoppable offense with maybe more reinforcements. Kirk Cousins will have a healthier Dalvin Cook to lift him again for big plays to Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. Prescott is more trustworthy and is attacking the weaker defense, while the Cowboys will respond with the stronger closing defense to shut the door late.

Cowboys 31, Vikings 20 — Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk

Look for Dak Prescott to have a big night in a Cowboys win that's more lopsided than expected.

Cowboys 28, Vikings 24 — Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

I'll reserve the right to change this on Sunday night, if Dak Prescott can't play. With Dak, the Cowboys are in a different class than the Vikings.

Cowboys 30, Vikings 24 — Staff, Bleacher Report

The Minnesota Vikings might be the healthier, better-rested team at home Sunday night, but the visiting Dallas Cowboys have won five games in a row — the last four of which have come by at least six points.

Keep in mind that while Prescott isn't 100 percent, the Cowboys could have key offensive players La'el Collins and Michael Gallup back from injury.

The Vikings barely beat the Lions and Panthers before their bye.

Pre-game win probabilities: Vikings 48% —

4 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, CBS Sports

2 of 5 experts pick the Vikings, The MMQB

2 of 10 experts pick the Vikings, ESPN

2 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, The Athletic