Here are my thoughts and initial reactions to the Dallas Cowboys 27-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium.
What it Means- The Dallas Cowboys improved to 5-4 on the season after winning their fourth game at AT&T this season, matching their total from last year. In typical Cowboys fashion, the game was an absolute nail biter that went down to the final minute before the team was able to put away the one win Vikings. It was a rather ugly win for the team, but hey it’s still a win nonetheless.
Romo Saves The Day- After throwing what could have been a costly interception the series before, Romo responded and put the team on his back with their season basically on the line to save the day for the ‘Boys. He completed 7 of 9 passes on the 90 yard drive, capping it off with a 7-yard go ahead touchdown pass to Dwayne Harris with :35 seconds remaining.
Where’s the Running Game?- Sunday’s game marked the return of starting running back DeMarco Murray and he was supposed to give the Cowboys ground game an immediate facelift. But it never happened. Once again, the Cowboys abandoned the run early in the game after it seemed to be working for them and finished with just nine attempts on the day. It’s almost no secret to anyone that running the ball just nine times in a game, isn’t part of a long-term winning recipe.
Defense Stagnant- The Cowboys defense seemed to have a roller coaster type of afternoon. The unit created turnovers once again as George Selvie stripped Christian Ponder in the end zone, with Nick Hayden falling on the ball for a Cowboys defensive touchdown. Corner Orlando Scandrick also added an interception. However, the defense seemed like the same old unit getting torched for 140 yards on the ground by Adrian Peterson, and 393 total yards of offense to the abysmal Vikings. At some points during the game, the defense made Christian Ponder look like a Pro Bowl Quarterback. Now that’s a scary thought.
What’s Next- The Cowboys travel to New Orleans to face off with the Saints and former Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan. This has to be a game that Ryan has waited for all season and will try to stick it to Jerry Jones and Co. for his firing in the off-season. The only time the Cowboys have won in the Superdome was in 2011 when the Saints were undefeated. Romo looks to outduel Drew Brees in a battle of No. 9’s.