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DAL 31, MIN 28: Dalton Throws 3 TDs, Cowboys Snap 4-Game Losing Streak

The gave up a halftime lead but didn't give up the game. They executed on a late scoring drive and didn't give up 1st-down on Minnesota's last two possessions to secure the 31-28 victory over the Vikings.

The win moves the Cowboys to 3-7 on the year and is their first road victory of 2020. And while just three wins after Week 11 is usually meaningless, the East this year makes this a big win!

Down 28-24 with 4:00 left on the clock, Dallas took an 11-play drive to the Vikings' 2-yard line. found in the endzone to put the Cowboys up by three with 1:37 left to play.

Minnesota got the ball with one timeout and enough time to get to 's field goal range but the Cowboys forced a failed conversion on 4th-down to end the game.

Dalton was strong overall with three touchdowns and 203 yards on 69% passing. He did throw one interception and had a couple of close calls, but it was a good game overall given he's been out since Week 7.

had 103 rushing yards and added a 42-yard touchdown run to help stabilize the . This was Zeke's first 100-yard game of the season and he also found the endzone on a reception for Dallas' first score.

was of the with two forced fumbles. One of them came late in the second half to deny the Vikings a late scoring opportunity and help set up the Cowboys for a field goal before the break.

The Vikings still did plenty of damage with their own offense.  was nearly perfect today with 314 passing yards and three touchdowns but just didn't complete plays late to finish the job. had 115 yards on the ground and another 45 receiving.

Adam Thielen was nearly unstoppable for the Cowboys ; eight catches for 123 yards and two scores on the day. Even getting back didn't seem to make much different for the Cowboys' pass defense woes, but thankfully it didn't cost them the game.

Other Notes

  • 's 47th catch of the season gave him the most receptions by a rookie WR in . “Bullet” was the recordholder with 46 catches; a surprisingly low number given the legacy of receivers in Dallas.
  • started and played the entire game at right for the first time in his career. got the start at and the results were evident; just one sack on Andy Dalton and perhaps the best rushing performance by the offense all year. Expect this lineup to carry into next week.
  • led the defense with 12 tackles and had some big run stops in key moments  had a sack today while and Donovan Wilson split another.
  • You'll be hearing about CeeDee Lamb's touchdown catch for a while. If you didn't get to watch the game, stop reading this and go find it.
  • The Eagles lost to the today to move to 3-6-1 on the year. With wins by Dallas and Washington and the Giants on their , the rest of the is all 3-7 going into Week 12.
  • The Cowboys will host the Football Team this Thursday for the traditional Day matchup. A victory would give Dallas temporary control of the division and an Eagles' loss to Seattle on would make it official.
Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Don Howard

They can’t even get losing right

VAM

Great team win! Unfortunately for the “tankers”, this team is not laying down. Despite all the adversity, this team is still fighting. And it appears a QB not named Prescott can lead this team. Dalton played very well and led us to victory as a underdog on the road against a streaking team, and Gilbert almost beat an undefeated Steeler team a couple weeks ago.

To blow the season off for a high draft pick is so defeatist. We have made great picks in the middle or even at the end of the first round ( one example, Travis at 31). Again, it’s not necessarily where you pick, as much as how well you pick, IMHO. As a long time Cowboy fan, I will never watch a game rooting for my team to lose.

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