The Cowboys Stay Afloat, Beat The Vikings 27-23

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dwayne Harris (17) celebrates his game winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) at AT

The Cowboys were not able to move the football against the Vikings, this has become a theme of theirs since the Broncos game.  Dallas almost completely abandoned the run game and they couldn’t get much when they did run the football.  Adrian Peterson didn’t have that problem, he made some huge runs particularly in the second half.  The Cowboys were unable to apply much pressure on Christian Ponder and they did not tackle well in this game.

The Cowboys began the second half with a nice drive that resulted in a touchdown.  On Minnesota’s next drive George Selvie forced a Christian Ponder fumble in the end-zone that was recovered by Nick Hayden for another touchdown.  Dallas had a 10 point lead at this point in the game but were once again unable to build any momentum.  For what-ever reason the Cowboys have had an extremely hard time moving the ball against some bad defences.

Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick (32) during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Vikings took the lead in the fourth quarter on a couple of huge Adrian Peterson runs that was culminated with an 11 yard touchdown run.  The Vikings however missed the extra point so they only had a 3 point lead.  Tony Romo was intercepted on the ensuing drive in Cowboys territory but the defense was able to make a stand and Dallas got the ball back with almost 3 minutes left in the game.

Romo made huge completions to Cole Beasley and Dez Bryant to get the Cowboys close.  On second and goal Romo hit Dwayne Harris near the goal-line and he was able to get in for the go-ahead score, Dallas was leading 27-23 with 35 seconds left in the game.

The Cowboys defence was able to hold and the Cowboys survived to get to 5-4

Turning Point:  The missed extra-point by the Vikings was a crucial play.  It forced them to have to score a touch-down at the end instead of a field-goal.

Game Ball:  Rod Marinelli deserves this one, his no name unit came up with a couple of big plays.  The George Selvie sack and fumble was a huge play in this game.

Side Notes: 

The Cowboys continue to struggle on Offense, with their shaky defense this has to be fixed

The pass to run ratio is out of whack and they are putting too much pressure on the o-line in pass protection

Orlando Scandrick is clearly the Cowboys second-best Corner

Tony Romo has been off lately and that continued against the Vikings

Topics: Adrian Peterson, Christian Ponder, Cole Beasley, Dallas Cowboys, Dez Bryant, Dwayne Harris, George Selvie, Nick Hayden, Orlando Scandrick, Tony Romo

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