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Cowboys 1 win from franchise-best streak of 11 straight

DALLAS (10-1) at MINNESOTA (6-5)

Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET, NBC/NFL Network

OPENING LINE — Cowboys by 2 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Cowboys 9-1-1, Vikings 6-5

SERIES RECORD — Cowboys lead 15-14

LAST MEETING — Cowboys beat Vikings 27-23, Nov. 3, 2013

LAST WEEK — Cowboys beat Redskins 31-26; Vikings lost to Lions 16-13

AP PRO32 RANKING —Cowboys No. 1, Vikings No. 14 (tie)

COWBOYS OFFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (2), PASS (16)

COWBOYS Defence — OVERALL (21), RUSH (3), PASS (31)

VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (32), PASS (24T)

VIKINGS Defence — OVERALL (3), RUSH (14T), PASS (4)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who spent 13 years with Cowboys from 1994-2006, had emergency eye surgery Wednesday night that put his status for game in question. ... Cowboys can clinch spot in playoffs with win, plus loss by either Buccaneers or Redskins on Sunday. ... With win, Cowboys would match longest streak in franchise history (11 straight over 1968-69 regular seasons). With two more victories, they'd equal best start in club history (12-1 in 2007). ... Cowboys QB Dak Prescott is second behind Ben Roethlisberger (13 in row in 2004 for Steelers) for most consecutive wins by rookie. ... With 100-plus passer rating, Prescott can top Russell Wilson's rookie record (Seahawks in 2012) of nine straight games reaching that mark. ... RB Ezekiel Elliott needs one TD to tie Tony Dorsett (1977) and Herschel Walker (1986) for most rushing scores by rookie in team history. ... Cowboys are only defence in league to not allow 100-yard rusher. RB Jerick McKinnon has season high for Vikings with 85 yards vs. Giants, and Vikings are last in NFL with 71.1 yards per game and 2.8 yards per attempt. Of course, star RB Adrian Peterson is injured. ... Vikings have third-best interception percentage (0.8) in league behind Patriots and Cowboys. ... Vikings have totalled only three points in fourth quarter over last three games. ... Vikings have lost five of last six games. ... Teams meet in Minnesota for first time since 2010, a 24-21 victory by Vikings at Metrodome. ... Vikings have won seven of last nine in series, with two of those wins in playoffs after 1999 and 2009 seasons. ... Vikings have played Cowboys and Rams seven times each, tied for most-frequent opponent among 47 all-time playoff games. ... Vikings are tied with Packers and 49ers for second most-played post-season foe for Cowboys, behind Rams (eight). ... Fantasy Tip: Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph, who matched career high with nine catches last week at Lions, is tied for second among TEs in NFL with five TDs.

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