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Week 13 gets underway on Thursday night when the Minnesota Vikings host the Dallas Cowboys (NBC, NFL Network, Twitter; 8:25 PM ET). Led by the rookie duo of QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys have won 10 games in a row, the longest regular-season winning streak in a single season in franchise history. Prescott leads all rookies with 2,835 passing yards, 18 touchdown passes and a 108.6 passer rating while Elliott leads the NFL with 1,199 rushing yards, the most by a rookie in franchise history. Minnesota’s defense ranks third in the league, allowing 307 yards per game. Vikings WR Stefon Diggs ranks third in the NFC with 67 receptions and CB Xavier Rhodes ties for second in the conference with four interceptions, including a team-record 100-yard interception-return touchdown in Week 11. In the last meeting between the clubs (November 3, 2013), Dallas QB Tony Romo threw a game-winning seven-yard touchdown pass to WR Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds remaining in the Cowboys’ 27-23 win.
|REGULAR SEASON SERIES|
|SERIES LEADER||Series tied: 11-11|
|STREAKS||2 of past 3|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Jason Garrett: 1-0||Mike Zimmer: 0-0|
|LAST WEEK||W 31-26 vs. Washington||L 16-13 at Detroit|
|LAST GAME||11/3/13: Vikings 23 at Cowboys 27. Dallas QB Tony Romo passes for 337 yards & 2 TDs, incl. GW 7-yard TD to WR Dwayne Harris with 35 seconds remaining. Cowboys DT Nick Hayden has FR-TD.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||10/17/10: Vikings 24, Cowboys 21. Minnesota WR Percy Harvin has 95-yard KR-TD. Vikings LB E.J. Henderson has 2 INTs & 9 tackles.|
|BROADCAST||NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Dal), 81 (Min). XM: 88 (WW1). 226 (Dal), 225 (Min).|
|PASSING||Dak Prescott (R): 231-340-2835-18-2-108.6||Sam Bradford: 248-348-2415-12-3-98.3|
|RUSHING||Ezekiel Elliott (R): 243-1199-4.9-11||Jerick McKinnon: 106-316-3.0-1|
|RECEIVING||Cole Beasley: 58-647-11.2-5||Stefon Diggs: 67-747-11.1-2|
|SACKS||Tyrone Crawford: 3.5||Danielle Hunter: 7.5|
|INTs||Barry Church: 2||Xavier Rhodes: 4|
|PUNTING||Chris Jones: 46.5||Jeff Locke: 44.5|
|KICKING||Dan Bailey: 94 (34/34 PAT; 20/22 FG)||Kai Forbath: 13 (4/5 PAT; 3/3 FG)|
COWBOYS: Rookie QB Dak Prescott leads NFL rookies in pass yards (2,835), pass TDs (18) & rating (108.6). In 5 career road games, has 1,350 pass yards (270 per game), 10 TDs & 1 INT for 119.5 rating…Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott leads NFL with 1,199 rush yards & ranks 2nd in scrimmage yards (1,502) & rush TDs (11). Has 306 scrimmage yards (153 per game) & 5 TDs (4 rush, 1 rec.) in past 2 on road…WR Cole Beasley has 3 rec. TDs in past 3 on road. WR Dez Bryant has 49 TD catches since 2012, most in NFL. Has 5 rec. TDs in past 6. WR Terrance Williams had TD catch in Week 12. TE Jason Witten had 8 receptions for 102 yards & TD in last meeting. Ranks 2nd all-time among TEs with 1,072 receptions & 11,768 rec. yards…DE DeMarcus Lawrence has 7 sacks in past 7 on road. LB Sean Lee ranks 2nd in NFC with 105 tackles. Aims for 9th in row on road with 8+ tackles. CB Orlando Scandrick had INT in last meeting.
VIKINGS: QB Sam Bradford passed for 295 yards & TD for 103.4 rating in last meeting (11/8/15 with Phi.). Has passed for 1,261 yards (252.2 per game) with 7 TDs & 0 INTs for 109.2 rating in 5 games at home with Min…RB Matt Asiata aims for 4th in row with rush TD…WR Stefon Diggs ranks 3rd in NFC with 67 receptions. In past 4, has 40 receptions (10 per game) for 357 yards & TD. WR Adam Thielen has TD catch in 2 of past 3. Has 260 rec. yards (86.7 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 at home. TE Kyle Rudolph had TD catch in last meeting. Ties for NFC lead among TEs with 5 rec. TDs…DE Everson Griffen had sack in last meeting. Has 28.5 sacks since 2014, 2nd in NFC. DE Brian Robison has 8 sacks in past 7 at home. Has 2.5 sacks in 2 career meetings. LB Anthony Barr had sack last week. S Harrison Smith aims for 12th in row with 6+ tackles. Has 390 tackles since 2012, 2nd among NFC safeties.