There were many Tricks, but only one Treat, as the Cowboys got the prime time win over the Vikings, 20-16. Led by backup quarterback Cooper Rush, the Cowboys stormed down the field for a late game touchdown drive, which would be capped off by Amari Cooper’s 5-yard Toe-tap touchdown in the back of the end zone.
Dak Prescott was ruled out just before kickoff, which meant that Dallas’ backup Cooper Rush would be getting the prime time start on Sunday Night Football. This was Rush’s first career start, and first real game where he got more than a couple of garbage time snaps.
The Vikings picked up the pace quickly after kickoff, scoring on their first drive from a 20 yard Adam Thielen reception touchdown. Dallas would then march down field, just to miss a 43 yard field goal from veteran kicker Greg Zuerlein. Each team would then exchange a field goal each, before going into halftime.
After halftime, Dallas got a huge break from Cedrick Wilson, after he caught and ran for a 73 yard touchdown, which only came two plays into the 2nd half. Both teams would then exchange another field goal, until late in the 4th quarter when Greg Joseph notched his 3rd field goal of the game to put Minnesota up 16-13.
The Cowboys then took the ball back upfield for a 2 minute drill. It would be highlighted by two insane catches from Amari Cooper, one being the game-winning touchdown. Cooper finished the night with 8 catches, 122 yards, and a touchdown.
Dallas proved they can still win without Dak, and can do so against more sought out opponents. There is still some uncertainty regarding Prescott and the state of his calf injury. But he will most likely be ready to go for Week 9 against the Broncos, back in Dallas.
As for Minnesota, this was another embarrassing loss for the Vikings. Dallas showed all of Minnesota’s defensive flaws from this season, and also shut down one of the most high potential offenses in the league.
What’s Next for These Two Teams?
Dallas will travel back home to play the Broncos and look to improve to 7-1 on the season. Dak Prescott will be more than likely to return, after he was deemed a game-time decision before this week’s game.
Minnesota will have to face a challenging Ravens team on the road. The Ravens will be ready to pounce, after re-cooping from their bye week. Baltimore is also coming off of an extremely disappointing division loss at home against the Bengals.
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