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Desperate times for Cowboys, Vikings

Sunday's loser would drop to 1-4 and face long odds to make playoffs

Originally Published: October 14, 2010
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The desperation game Sunday afternoon between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings crystallizes a strange start to the NFC season.

Someone has taken the "o" out of offense in the NFC.

Scoring per team in the NFC has dropped a stunning 2.6 points a game from last season (21.8 to 19.2 points). Only six NFC teams are scoring more than 20 points a game, and 11 teams have watched their scoring averages crash from last season. The Vikings have dropped 13.6 points a game, the Saints ...

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