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On Deck: Vikings

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 30: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a touchdown with teammate Christian Ponder #7 in the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers on December 30, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Andy Clayton King/Getty Images)

On Deck will be here all season to provide you with everything you need to know (and a few things you don't) about every Cowboys game during the 2013 season.

The Opponent: The Vikings are just really bad. So bad, in fact, that even Adrian Peterson isn't performing up to standard this year. Their quarterback situation is a mess as they'll revert back to Christian Ponder, who was benched in favor of the equally awful Josh Freeman before Freeman suffered a concussion.

Past Meeting: Back in 2010, the Cowboys went to Minnesota and lost a close one to the Vikings, falling 24-21 in Week 6.

Key Matchup: MIN RB Adrian Peterson vs. DAL LB Sean Lee: Despite his defense's struggles this year, Lee has been a phenomenal player for the Cowboys at middle linebacker. He'll get a stiff test this week against the league's best running back in Peterson, but he's not going to see Peterson at his best, unless of course the Cowboys' defense makes him look that way on Sunday.

Who's Hot: Terrance Williams continues to find his name here after scoring in his fourth straight game in Sunday's loss to Detroit. Lee had two big interceptions of Matthew Stafford, including one he almost took back for a touchdown.

There's really not much to say here about the 1-6 Vikings, so we'll go ahead and move on...

Who's Not: The Cowboys' running game is a mess right now after it had looked to make a positive turnaround before DeMarco Murray went down with a sprained MCL. Losing guard Brian Waters is only going to make matters worse, especially if he's lost for the season.

Adrian Peterson was looking to set the new NFL rushing mark this year after coming so close last season, but that won't be happening. He had one of his better games recently last week, when he rushed for 60 yards and a score against the Packers.

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