Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings can’t beat great teams in prime time out and about.
But when they do.
On account of a proficient night from Cousins and a colossal exertion from the Vikings’ running match-up, the purple strolled into AT&T Stadium on Sunday Night Football and brought down the Dallas Cowboys by a last score of 28-24.
The Vikings opened the scoring with a feature reel touchdown go from Kirk Cousins to Kyle Rudolph. On a second-and-objective play that resembled Cousins may have been attempting to discard it, Rudolph made one of the most mind blowing 1-yard gets they’ll ever observe.
Dan Bailey’s additional point gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead after that drive, which highlighted a truly substantial portion of Dalvin Cook in the passing game.
After a Dallas punt, Minnesota walked their way down the field once more, and by and by wound up in an objective to-go circumstance from the 1-yard line. The Cousins-to-Rudolph blend worked so well the first run through, the Vikings went with it once more, and got a similar outcome.
Bailey included the additional point once more, and toward the finish of the primary quarter the Vikings had a 14-0 lead over the Cowboys.
The home team at long last jumped on the board halfway during that time quarter, on account of a 23-yard touchdown go from Dak Prescott to Michael Gallup. The drive was set up by an awful punt from Britton Colquitt that gave the Cowboys the football in Minnesota region to begin the drive.
Dallas tied things up on their next drive, as Prescott discovered one of the Vikings’ old adversaries, Randall Cobb, on a 22-yard pass on the primary play after the two-minute admonition to make the score 14-14.
Minnesota managed to reply with a field objective, a 26-yarder from Dan Bailey before halftime, to take a 17-14 lead into the storage space. The Vikings additionally got a short field objective from Bailey on their first ownership of the second from last quarter, a 27-yarder to stretch out the lead to 20-14.
Dallas at that point took their first lead of the night, as a 75-yard drive finished up with a 12-yard touchdown go from Dak Prescott to Amari Cooper, who got it directly on the edge of the sideline and stalled inbounds. Maher included the additional point, and the host group pulled ahead, 21-20.
The Vikings led the pack back on their next belonging, with Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison driving the run after the field. The Vikings gave off an impression of being at last zone on what might have been a 17-yard run by Mattison, however after audit he was administered down inside the 1-yard line. The Vikings at that point pushed it to a fourth and-objective circumstance, and Cook went in from the 2 for the touchdown. Minnesota at that point went for a two-point transformation, and Cousins associated with Kyle Rudolph to make the score 28-21 right toward the finish of the second from last quarter.
Dallas cut into the lead with ten minutes staying in the game, as Maher associated from 23 yards out to make it a four-point game at 28-24. Dallas got this show on the road opportunity with the ball toward the finish of the game, and they confronted a fourth and-4 from the Minnesota 13-yard line. Prescott endeavored to finish a go to Ezekiel Elliott, however it was separated by Eric Kendricks to compel a turnover on downs.
Minnesota needed to punt the ball after Dallas consumed their breaks, however the Cowboys couldn’t explore their way to the end zone and the Vikings hung on for a truly necessary triumph.
Kirk Cousins, who allegedly can’t win defining moments in prime time against great groups, had a truly strong night, everything considered. He finished 23-of-32 goes for 220 yards and a couple of touchdowns, and settled on truly strong choices throughout the night. Dalvin Cook drove the group in getting with 86 yards on seven gets in the screen game. Stefon Diggs had 49 yards on three gets, and Irv Smith Jr had five snatches for 34 yards. Olabisi Johnson had a couple of gatherings for 25 yards, and Laquon Treadwell (10 yards) and Alexander Mattison (2 yards) had one gathering each. Kyle Rudolph had what we may call an “efficient” night, as he got four goes for 14 yards, however was forced to bear both of both of Cousins’ touchdown passes.
Cook inevitably got things moving in the run game too, as he conveyed the ball multiple times for 97 yards and a score. Alexander Mattison likewise contributed with 52 yards on eight conveys.
The Vikings move themselves to 7-3 and stay one game behind the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. They’ll come back to U.S. Bank Stadium one week from now to take on the Denver Broncos. The Cowboys tumble to 5-4, and will go to take on the Detroit Lions next Sunday afternoon.