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    This Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings will play in a game dubbed, for good reason, by our Adam Boedeker as “The Desperation Bowl.”

    Both teams entered the 2010 season with Super Bowl aspirations. Both teams have explosive offenses, intrigue to spare, and are coming off promising runs late in the 2009 season. Both teams are also, after week five, 1-and-3, and staring irrelevance in the face. The reason for the team’s respective struggles are also quite similar.

    Dallas ranks 29th in the league in kickoff coverage. Minnesota ranks 28th. Dallas is tied for 27th in turnover ratio, at -4. Minnesota is tied for 30th at -6. Both teams have struggled mightily with penalties. All of which is to say, there shouldn’t be any lack of motivation for these ostensibly talented teams come Sunday.

    The similarities aren't lost on Vikings’ head coach Brad Childress.

    "You probably see some of the same turnover issues, whether it be a sack, or a sack strip, or somebody putting the ball on the ground, they have the ability to be explosive on offense without a doubt," said Childress, per ESPN Dallas. "I don’t know how much they’re turning the football over or how many takeaways they’ve had, but usually those things lend themselves to each other."

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