The Minnesota Vikings want to make a change. On Wednesday, the day before their game against the Dallas Cowboys, quarterback Sam Bradford begged for more chances to throw the ball downfield. And if they’re looking closely at the Cowboys’ weaknesses, he might just get the chance to do that in a Thursday night matchup.
As Blogging the Boys points out, the Cowboys are thin in the secondary. The pass rush isn’t helping things. Dallas has just 20 sacks on the season and a sack rate of 5.9 percent, ranked 18th, according to Football Outsiders.
Together, those things are a serious concern when the Cowboys get into the playoffs and face teams able to keep pace with them on the scoreboard. Against the Vikings, it doesn’t matter all that much.
Bradford’s been sacked less over the last three weeks, but that’s due in large part to an increasingly short passing game. He’s averaging 6 yards per attempt. He wasn’t sacked at all on Thanksgiving against the Lions, but it didn’t matter. They still lost.
The Cowboys are favored by three points on Thursday night. It’s a good bet that they’ll beat that spread. Minnesota’s only hope might be what Bradford is suggesting, throwing the ball somewhere past the sticks for a change, but it might just be too late for that.
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