For the first time in a few weeks, we are going to be getting an appealing Thursday Night Game as the Dallas Cowboys are set to play the Minnesota Vikings in an NFC showdown. I mention how this is appealing because you have one team who is having a magical season in the Dallas Cowboys and one team who started out phenomenal, but have fallen apart over the last few weeks now and are fighting for a Wild Card spot.
First, let us look at the Dallas Cowboys. They are entering this game with a record of 10-1 and currently hold the #1 seed in the NFC and the NFL. They are followed by the New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, and the New York Giants as the teams with the top four records in the NFL.
The Cowboys are also entering this game with a ten-game winning streak that began in Week 2 of the season. Another reason why this game is important for the Cowboys is they can clinch a playoff spot. If they happen to win and either a loss or tie by the Buccaneers or a loss by the Redskins on Sunday could punch a ticket for the Cowboys to make it to the playoffs.
Although Adrian Peterson won’t be playing in the game, people will be comparing him to the Cowboys rookie running back, Ezekiel Elliot. This is because Elliot has 1,999 rushing yards through the first eleven games of his career. It just so happens that it’s one less yard than Adrian Peterson who had 1,200 rushing yards through the first eleven games of his career.
However, where this game could become a difficult one for the Cowboys is that if they overlook the Vikings and are prepping for the Giants, who they happen to face next Sunday night. Unfortunately, this has the makings of a trap game for the Cowboys.[embedit snippet=”jon-ads”]
On the other side, you have the Minnesota Vikings. They are entering this game with a record of 6-5 and currently stand a half-game behind for the Wild Card and one full game behind the Detroit Lions for the NFC North.
Since the Vikings started off the 2016 season with a 5-0 record, they have had a free falling couple of weeks as they have gone 1-5. It is interesting that with the Vikings, they once were one of the better NFC teams of the 2016 season and now are one of the biggest flops in recent memory.
If you would like the information of where you can watch or listen to the game, here it is:
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Time: 8:25 pm
TV: NBC, NFL Network