Written and authored by National Football League Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NFL news and notes.
The (3-0) Minnesota Vikings of the NFC North Division will take a trip to “THE METROPLEX” to take on the (0-2) Dallas Cowboys of the NFC East in 2015 NFL Preseason action. The team will play on Saturday, August 29th, 2015 at 7:00 PM EST. The Minnesota Vikings have a flawless record so far in the 2015 NFL Exhibition season. Did I mention these games are meaningless, but the coaching staff wants to instill a winning environment? The Dallas Cowboys are winless but are one of the favorites to win the 2015 NFC title. The opening betting line has Dallas as a one-point Home Favorite Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 42-points for Saturday’s game.
The 2015 Minnesota Vikings open the regular season in San Francisco and there is plenty of work to do in the next two weeks. Starting Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and backup Shaun Hill have been precise in the passing game. Minnesota also has Mike Kafka and rookie Taylor Heinicke; both will get looks from other teams on the waiver wire. Star running back Adrian Peterson will probably be held out of Saturday’s game. The coaching staff has made it clear Peterson is on hold until the regular season opener. The Vikings are also trying to find a replacement for offensive tackle Phil Loadholt, lost for the season in the Hall of Fame game. The coaching staff is impressed with 2015 second round draft pick Eric Kendricks. The former UCLA linebacker has speed and is physical in the run game. First rounder Trey Waynes needs some work at the cornerback position. Head Coach Mike Zimmer is the perfect person for Waynes to listen too. Zimmer is a defensive specialist and knows what techniques work. Zimmer was instrumental in turning Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “PAC-MAN” Jones career around. Waynes must trust what Zimmers is teaching. Kicker Blair Walsh is having a tough time in the 2015 NFL preseason. The coaching staff is sure he will find a rhythm before the regular season begins.
The Dallas Cowboys broke camp this week in Oxnard, California and are back in North Texas. There is still plenty of work to be done before the season opener. The Cowboys made headlines with the amount of fights they had at training camp. Wide Reciever Dez Bryant, who recently signed a contract extension, has been in the middle of the drama. Head Coach Jason Garrett is looking for his starters to dominate in the week three matchup. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick was recently lost for the season with an ACL tear. The Dallas offense will be without starters, Zack Martin and Bryant. Backup quarterback Brandon Weeden is out with a concussion. Starting linebacker Anthony Hitchens is also unlikely to play, he’s recovering from an ankle sprain. Joseph Randle looks to be the starter at running back, while often injured free agent Darren McFadden try’s to make his way back. Lance Dunbar is more than a capable backup. The coaching staff doesn’t know how much the starters will play. Starting linebacker Rolando McClain will see action, but is suspended for the first four games of the season.
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