Cowboys hold on against Vikings for 11th straight win
Dec 06 2016
Playing for their playoff lives, the Vikings scored with 25 seconds to play to get within two of the Cowboys, 17-15, Thursday night in Minnesota.
The rookie fourth-round pick led America's Team to their 11th consecutive win on Thursday night, continuing a ridiculous streak nobody saw coming after Tony Romo's preseason injury. The receiver caught an 8-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter after a fumbled punt by Minnesota's Adam Thielen. (He finished with 86 and a touchdown.) The left side of the Cowboys' offensive line was caving in the backside of outside zone runs play after play, and Elliott was often slow to work back there. If the Steelers win that game and the Giants fall to three games back of the Cowboys, Week 14 presents a divisional clinching scenario for Dallas. Of course, all the team members in Cowboys contributed greatly to the victory against Vikings but the contribution of few such as the quarterback, Dak Prescott, and the running back, Ezekiel "Zeke" Elliot, are spectacular.
Bradford completed 32 of 45 passes for 247 yards, Danielle Hunter had two sacks and Kai Forbath kicked three field goals for Minnesota, which has lost six of the last seven games after a 5-0 start. Zimmer had undergone emergency surgery to fix a detached retina in his right eye on Wednesday, so the fact he wouldn't be at the game did not come as a surprise.
Head coach Mike Zimmer may not have been on the sidelines for the play that cemented the Minnesota Vikings' 17-15 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but he probably has some thoughts on it.
In a hard-fought battle with cornerback Xavier Rhodes, Bryant's 56-yard catch set up Ezekiel Elliott's 1-yard TD in the first half. Kyle Wilber recovered the ball and the officials ruled it a fumble during instant replay. I get that there's just so many things going on every single play, but I just feel like sometimes it's just so blatant and obvious that it should be a no-miss call. TE Kyle Rudolph, who tied his career high with nine catches at Detroit, is tied for second among all TEs in the National Football League with five touchdowns.
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"There's no question you can get challenged differently over the course of a 16-game season, " coach Jason Garrett said Friday. The Lions close out their season with a home game against the Bears, road games against the Giants and Cowboys, and a home game against the Packers. After getting some medical attention during halftime, Bradford was able to remain in the game.
Despite that, Bradford said his ribs were doing OK after the game. The Cowboys certainly aren't without flaws, but not almost as many as the Vikings. "After that they were fine".
The Vikings appear well on their way to becoming the fifth National Football League team since 1990 to start at least 5-0 and not make the playoffs. Zimmer's primary message: "Do your job". The number associated with this statistic represents the number of points on the field a quarterback contributes over the course of the season, beyond what would be expected of an average quarterback (one with a QBR of 50) with the same number of plays. After the video, a picture of Zimmer was put on the big screen with a "Get Well Soon" message attached. "He proved once again how tough he is", Vikings interim coach Mike Priefer said.
There's something else a 12th straight win would do when the Cowboys return from an extended break with a visit to the New York Giants on December 11. Is Adrian Peterson suddenly going to return and legitimize the running attack?