The Minnesota Vikings get their first chance to see Jerry World in Week 9. The last time the Vikings traveled to Dallas to face the Cowboys was a preseason game in 2008, about nine months before the completion of the now-named AT&T Stadium.
Here is a quick breakdown of the Dallas Cowboys.
2012 Record: 8-8 (third in the NFC East Division)
2012 Offensive Stats: 23.5 points per game, 374.6 total yards per game, 79.1 rushing yards per game, 295.6 passing yards per game, 29 giveaways per game, 36 sacks allowed
2012 Defensive Stats: 25.0 points allowed per game, 355.4 total yards allowed per game, 125.2 rushing yards allowed per game, 230.3 passing yards allowed per game, 16 takeaways per game, 34 sacks
2013 Draft Picks: OL Travis Frederick, Wisconsin (Round 1, Pick 31); TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State (Round 2, Pick 47); WR Terrance Williams, Baylor (Round 3, Pick 74); S J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern (Round 3, Pick 80); CB B.W. Webb, William & Mary (Round 4, Pick 114); RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State (Round 5, Pick 151); LB DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina (Round 6, Pick 185)
Addition: S Will Allen (signed from the Steelers), OT Demetress Bell (Eagles), LB Justin Durant (Lions), TE Dante Rosario (Chargers), DE George Selvie (Jaguars)
Departures: LB Victor Butler (signed with the Saints), CB Michael Coe (unsigned), DE Kenyon Coleman (Saints), OL Derrick Dockery (unsigned), CB Mike Jenkins (Raiders), RB Felix Jones (Eagles), P Brian Moorman (Steelers), WR Kevin Ogletree (Buccaneers), S Charlie Peprah (unsigned), TE John Phillips (Chargers), DT Marcus Spears (Ravens), FB Lawrence Vickers (unsigned)
Profile: The Cowboys always feel like they have a championship team. Yet, they have made the playoffs just four times since 2000 and failed to reach the NFC Conference Final every time. The Cowboys made some nice picks in the draft, but did they do enough in free agency to upgrade their average team? The Cowboys need to be better in the running game, both on offense and defense. Their pass defense could stand to be better as well. About the only thing you can count on from the Cowboys is that they can throw the ball around the field and the offense will turn it over before the end zone.