NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 13
NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down Week 13

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Dallas at Minnesota (+3), 44 o/u – Thursday, 8:25 pm EST

Comments: It's Dak Prescott's world, folks – we're just living in it. I don't even want to call him a rookie anymore, as he refuses to play like one. His Week 1 YPA was 5.0, but he hasn't posted one lower than 7.4 since, and he's only been in the sevens twice during the Cowboys' 10-game winning streak. That's absurd efficiency for anybody. To put it another way, the only two QBs with a better YPA than his 8.34 this season are Matt Ryan and Tom Brady. Facing the Vikings on the road should be Prescott's toughest test yet, as they are second in the NFL in QB rating against at 74.3, but we've heard that one before. ... The Vikings say they want to attack downfield more, and this would be a good week to try it. The Cowboys' secondary is beat up, with Morris Claiborne still recovering from a sports hernia, J.J. Wilcox out with a thigh bruise and Barry Church trying to play with a cast on his forearm, and the defense overall ranks 28th in QB rating against (101.9). Getting Stefon Diggs (knee) back would help too. It's one thing to say it, though, and another to actually do it. The Vikings have been one of the most extreme dink-and-dunk teams in the league, with only Matthew Stafford and Alex Smith getting a higher percentage of their passing yards after the catch

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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