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Who plays Sunday Night Football tonight in NFL Week 8?

The Dallas Cowboys go to U.S. Bank Stadium to take on the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8's Sunday night clash, as Mike McCarthy's team look to extend their winning run.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
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The Dallas Cowboys visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night in the NFL, as the 5-1 Cowboys bid to make it six wins in a row after being given a bye week in Week 7.

Having lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1, Mike McCarthy’s men now lead the way in the NFC East division after victories over the LA Chargers, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Carolina Panthers, the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

The Vikings, who also sat out Week 7, have enjoyed a rather less impressive start to the 2021 season - but they do come into Sunday’s matchup with the Cowboys on the back of consecutive wins. After losing three of their first four games, Minnesota beat the Detroit Lions and the Panthers in Weeks 5 and 6 to rally to 3-3.

Cowboys @ Vikings: team news

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has been struggling with a calf stain and remains doubtful for the Vikings clash. According to NFL.com reporters Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport, the 28-year-old is to go through his usual warm-up routine before the game at U.S. Bank Stadium, before a late decision is made on his fitness.

Back-up quarterback Cooper Rush is standing by should Prescott be unable to play. "[Prescott] is confident. He doesn't waver," Cowboys head coach McCarthy told reporters ahead of Sunday’s clash in Minnesota. "He wants to play and he wants to continue to work towards that."

As of Friday, left tackle Tyron Smith and defensive end Dorance Armstrong were listed as questionable, both with ankle injuries. Meanwhile, the Cowboys have activated rookie cornerback Kelvin Joseph from the injured reserve/designated to return list for the visit to Minnesota, after the rookie sat out Dallas’ first six games of the season with a hamstring problem.

As for the Vikings, defensive tackle Michael Pierce and defensive end Patrick Jones have been ruled out of Sunday’s game. Pierce has been out since Week 4 with an elbow problem, while Jones is carrying a knee issue. Wide receiver Dede Westbrook (ankle) is questionable.

Minnesota say they expect linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), running back Alexander Mattison (shoulder) and receiver Adam Thielen (foot) to be available.

Cowboys @ Vikings: what time is it at?

Date: Sunday 31 October

Time: 8:20pm ET/5:20pm PT

Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota

NFL Sunday Night Football: how to watch in the US

Viewers in the United States will be able to watch the Cowboys at the Vikings live on NBC, and can listen to the game live on 105.3 The FAN, KFAN FM 100.3, NFL Game Pass, Westwood One, SiriusXM and TuneIn.

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NFL Game Pass subscribers in the US can watch a commercial-free full replay of the game after it finishes.

Cowboys @ Vikings: live AS USA coverage

You’ll also be able to follow live-text coverage of the Cowboys at the Vikings right here at AS USA. We’ll be offering play-by-play commentary on the Week 8 clash.

NFL Week 8: full fixture list

Thursday 28 October:

Packers 24-21 Cardinals

Sunday 31 October:

Bengals @ Jets - 2pm ET

Titans @ Colts - 2pm ET

Rams @ Texans - 2pm ET

Steelers @ Browns - 2pm ET

Eagles @ Lions - 2pm ET

49ers @ Bears - 2pm ET

Panthers @ Falcons - 2pm ET

Dolphins @ Bills - 2pm ET

Patriots @ Chargers - 4:05pm ET

Jaguars @ Seahawks - 4:05pm ET

Washington @ Broncos - 4:25pm ET

Buccaneers @ Saints - 4:25pm ET

Cowboys @ Vikings - 8:20pm ET

Monday 1 November:

Giants @ Chiefs - 8:15pm ET