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NFC North Bet: Week 6 – Dallas Cowboys Visit Minnesota Vikings

Posted by Marcello Messina on 10/15/2010 3:49:38 PM

A surprising start to the NFL NorthBet season has the Cowboys and Vikings searching for answers at 1-3 and desperately needing a win.

(1-3) Dallas Cowboys at (1-3) Minnesota Vikings
Live from Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome – MN
Kickoff: 4:15 PM EST Sunday, October 17, 2010
Broadcast: FOX

NorthBet odds:
Dallas Cowboys +1.5
Minnesota Vikings -1.5
Total 44.5

The Vikings showed some promise in their first game after acquiring Randy Moss before their Monday night football contest last week.

Brett Favre connected with Moss on 4 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown last North Bet Sunday. Moss was targeted 10 times, but could get little separation from smothering New York Jets corner Antonio Cromartie.

As many predicted, Moss did open up space for the other Vikings’ receivers.

Percy Harvin recorded his most productive game of the season, catching 5 of 10 targets for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe caught two passes of seven targets for 28 yards as Favre threw for a season-high 264 yards, including three touchdowns. Minnesota had five receivers with 20 yards or more against the Jets last North Bet week.

The Vikings would have had a chance at winning the game if Favre hadn’t thrown an interception when Minnesota was down by two late in the fourth quarter.

Minnesota’s offense should be able to build off their performance from last week. The Cowboys rank 12th in overall defense, after giving up 173 passing yards and 2 touchdowns to Vince Young, and 131 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns to Chris Johnson last North Bet Sunday.

If Favre’s elbow is healthy enough to play and he refrains from getting suspended after ‘sexting’, nothing should stand in his way from connecting with arguably the league’s most talented wide receiver corps for multiple scores.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is also looking to build from last week’s momentum.

Coming off the best game of the season (406 passing yards, 3 touchdowns) against Tennesee, Romo will now face one of the league’s top-10 pass defenses.

The Vikings defensive unit has allowed an average of only 185 passing yards per game and surrendered just three touchdowns this North Bet season.

But to be fair, the Vikings have only faced Shaun Hill, Mark Sanchez and Chad Henne – hardly in the same league as Romo. Dallas will be this defense’s first true test to prove their worth.

I predict Tony Romo and his strong receiving corps to score a minimum of two touchdowns in this NFC showdown.

NFC North Bet: Over (44.5).

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