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News: ESPN Scouts: Cowboys-Vikings: 10 observations

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    1. Dallas needs to play smart football: The Cowboys have committed more fouls than the average in most categories, but not by a large number.

    2. Bring a pressure package: Minnesota will be playing this game with a short week to prepare, plus the Vikings are still trying to get new players (WR Randy Moss) familiar with their offense.

    3. Protect the football: This could end up being a turnover-prone game as both the Cowboys and Vikings are ranked near the bottom in turnover ratio.

    4. Pound the rock: The Cowboys can be one of the most efficient offenses in the NFL when the play-action fake causes the secondary to pause for a second. QB Tony Romo is one of the better quarterbacks in the league at selling the play-action fake, but when teams don't have to respect the run, you lose the advantage.

    5. Matchup to watch: Dallas WR Miles Austin versus Minnesota CB Antoine Winfield: Austin is leading the Cowboys with 31 receptions and 474 receiving yards and gives Dallas its best shot at making explosive plays and putting a quick six on the scoreboard.

    6. Play a lot of games up front defensively: The Cowboys' offensive line has struggled, especially in pass protection. RG Leonard Davis, in particular, has been the focus of a lot of deserved criticism.

    7. Get RB Adrian Peterson on track early: While this team is built around QB Brett Favre and his ability to throw downfield, the Vikings need to get their ground game on track if they want to give Favre time in the pocket.

    8. Look for multiple-personnel packages in the secondary: Vikings CB Cedric Griffin (knee) is out for the season, which will hurt an already-depleted secondary.

    9. Spread the ball around more: In Monday night's game, Favre threw 80 percent of his passes to three players --WRs Percy Harvin and Randy Moss were targeted 10 times each and TE Visanthe Shiancoe had seven passes thrown his way.

    10. Matchup to watch: Minnesota DE Jared Allen versus Dallas LT Doug Free: Allen, generally considered one of the top defensive ends in the league, has been rather quiet this season.

    Prediction[IMG]Dallas 24
    Minnesota 27


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