The Minnesota Vikings(7-3) got a very good win on Sunday night in Dallas. Behind the running of Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, the passing of Kirk Cousins, and a stifling run defense. Minnesota was able to defeat the Cowboys 28-24.
Minnesota was able to dominate the line of scrimmage against the Cowboys. The Vikings rushed for 153 yards against Dallas. Cook, the league’s leading rusher, ran for 97 yards and a touchdown, and Mattison ran for 52 yards, and for the fourth game in a row, Cousins(23-32, 220 yards, 2 touchdowns), who was sacked only once, did not turn the football over.
Defensively, the Vikings shut down Ezekiel Elliott. The two-time Pro Bowler was held to 47 yards on 20 carries. All that was done without maybe their best run-stopper in Linval Joseph, who missed last night’s game due to a knee injury.
“Really good team win yesterday on the road, prime time,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said on Monday. “I really thought that both sides of the ball, our offensive line, and defensive line, played outstanding. Played with a lot of toughness, a lot of physicality, a lot of grit. One of the things we talked about in the offseason was 10 minutes left in the game, and going out and winning those football games.
“A week ago, we were up by three with ten minutes left, and we lost the game. Last week we were up by four and won the game. I think we’re moving in the right direction; we just got to keep going.”
It was an impressive performance by the Vikings, and after how they let one slip away against the Chiefs last week, you have to give Minnesota credit for bouncing back against the Cowboys. The Vikings have an excellent football team and seem to have the recipe for success in the postseason, which is running the ball, stopping the run, and not turning the ball over.
There is a lot of football to be played, but as Zimmer said, Minnesota definitely is headed in the right direction.