January 11th, 2010

Cowboys star

Dallas is the best team in the NFC

Dallas has the most talented team in the NFC. The Cowboys have the best defense, the best running game, the best tight end, and one of the two best speed receivers in the NFC. 

The Vikings, like the Eagles run the West Coast offense. Both teams look for the big play, but the Vikings can do more things over the middle. The Vikings want to control time of possession by running the ball. 

In three meetings against the Eagles, the Cowboys held the West Coast offense to just three touchdowns. 

Minnesota's explosive offense starts and ends with the way coach Brad Childress controls Favre's playmaking ability. Favre likes to audible but has had verbal spats with his coach regarding play calling and audibles.

The Cowboys are hoping for a reckless Favre when they meet the Vikings on Sunday. The veteran QB played that way for the Packers in a 2007 game at Texas Stadium.

In that meeting, Favre went 5-for-14 for 56 yards and two interceptions before being knocked out of the game with an elbow injury.

The Cowboys could have problems running the ball against the Vikings. Minnesota was second in the league in rushing yards allowed with an average of 87.1. But over the past five weeks, the Vikings have allowed 496 rushing yards (99.2).

Dallas, meanwhile, has rushed for 638 yards in the past five weeks, including its playoff win over the Eagles.

Numbers aside, the Cowboys haven't lost a game since Dec. 13. They've won four in a row and are playing as a unit, with plenty of confidence.

Wade Phillips says "I think we're playing as good as anybody right now."  Mr. Wolf agrees. Dallas will hand Minnesota their first home loss of the season next Sunday.