Dallas Cowboys: 1. Defensive line has to stand their ground
The Cowboys’ defensive line has been surprisingly underrated this season even without star defensive end Demarcus Lawrence. Lawrence has been out since Week 2 with a broken foot. However, defensive end Randy Gregory has stepped up nicely in his place. The former Nebraska star is coming off a two-sack performance including a forced fumble in Week 6.
Not only has Gregory been impressive, but so has rookie defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa. The former third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft has fit in nicely in the starting role for Dallas. He has two sacks, eight quarterback hits, and 13 tackles this season.
However, the Cowboys’ defensive line will need to stand their ground in this matchup. Players like defensive end Tarrell Basham and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins likely have to step up in this game. Not only do they need to get pressure on Cousins, but they also need to stop star-running back Dalvin Cook.
Dallas’ defense has to step up big in this game and that starts with the defensive line. They have to cause havoc, get to the quarterback, stop the run and make the game as hard as possible for the Vikings.