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Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings: Key information and first quarter discussion

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We are less than an hour away from kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium for Week 11 NFL action between the Dallas Cowboys and your Minnesota Vikings. Let’s get you set up with all of the information you need for today’s contest.

Date and Time: Sunday, 22 November, 2020, 3:25 PM Central time

Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Television Coverage: KSTP-9 in the Twin Cities, FOX affiliates around the country, DirecTV Channel 715

Radio Coverage: Vikings Radio Network, Sirius Channel 81, XM Channel 226, Sirius/XM Channel 88 (national broadcast from Westwood One), SiriusXM App Ch 820

Line: Vikings -7, Over/Under 48

Chris’ Prediction: Vikings 30, Cowboys 20

Three Keys

1) Don’t get cocky, kid - Yes, the Vikings are coming into this one riding high, after three victories over NFC North opponents. The Cowboys have had a rough go of it this year, but this is exactly the kind of game that the Vikings can’t overlook. They need to come out firing on all cylinders from the jump.

2) Get after Andy Dalton - The Cowboys have an outstanding group of receivers, and they’re getting Dalton back after he’s missed several weeks with a concussion at the quarterback spot. The Vikings’ secondary is still improving, but they’ll have their hands full, so the pass rush has got to do its job.

3) Keep the offense balanced - We all love The Dalvin Cook show, but like most teams the Cowboys will likely be keying on #33 and loading up to stop him. That means, like we saw last week in Chicago, that Kirk Cousins and the passing game are going to have to take their opportunities and come up big if Cook should be stifled. The Cowboys’ secondary has struggled this season, so there should be openings for Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and the rest of the Vikings’ pass catchers.

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As usual, we’ll be putting together a new Open Thread at the start of each quarter, so keep an eye out for those and keep the discussion moving along accordingly.

With that, let’s get ready for another Sunday of Minnesota Vikings football, and hopefully we can all get together when it’s finished to celebrate the purple getting back to .500.

SKOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!