Week 10 was full of memories in the earlier games. In a shocker, the Atlanta Falcons went to New Orleans and blew out the Saints. Lamar Jackson continues to dazzle as he led Baltimore to a 49-13 win over winless Cincinnati. Chicago managed to get by Detroit who was without Matthew Stafford. Cleveland barely escaped with a win over Buffalo to end their 6-game losing streak. Tennessee spoiled the return of Patrick Mahomes by blocking a game-tying field goal to win 35-32. In a battle of New York, the Jets outlasted the Giants 34-27. Tampa Bay came back and beat the Arizona Cardinals 30-27.
The Dolphins won their second consecutive game by edging the Colts 16-12 on the road. In a snowy game, Green Bay used an end of the defensive stop to outlast Carolina 24-16. Minkah Fitzpatrick proves he’s one of the best steals of the season as he led the Steelers to a win over the Rams. This all lead to the Sunday Night game between the Minnesota Vikings and Dallas Cowboys. This was a battle between two playoff hopefuls. We also had two of the best running backs in the league in Dalvin Cook and Ezekiel Elliott. Let’s see how things played out on the Sunday night game.
Minnesota started their first drive by marching down the field for a score. Towards the end of the first quarter Kirk Cousins tossed another touchdown. Both of the TD passes were 1-yard passes to Kyle Rudolph. The Vikings defense controlled the Cowboys offense in the first quarter. The second quarter was a different story. Dallas got on the board with a 23-yard TD from Dak Prescott to Michael Gallup. With less than two minutes remaining Dak hit Randall Cobb for a 22 yard TD pass. Dallas and Minnesota were tied at 14 with about a minute and a half left in the half. Minnesota traveled down the field and almost scored a touchdown before halftime. The Vikings settled for a 26 yard field goal by Dan Bailey as time expired.
Minnesota opened the second half with another impressive drive. Unfortunately, the Vikings couldn’t come away with seven points. The Dallas defense held its own and forced a Dan Bailey 27 yard field goal. The Cowboys traveled down the field as Dak Prescott was settling down. Prescott targeted Amari Cooper throughout the drive. In the end, Prescott hit Cooper for a 12 yard TD pass to put Dallas up 21-20. Alexander Mattison seemed like to have scored, but replay showed he was down. It took Minnesota four plays to score on a Dalvin Cook run. The Vikings went for two and got it to go up 28-21 to end the 3rd quarter. The Cowboys got the ball back and the Vikings defense continued to shut down Elliott. Dak Prescott used his arm to get the Cowboys down field.
Dallas failed to score a TD, but Maher kicked a 23 yard field goal. Minnesota got the ball back leading 28-24. Dalvin Cook got over 100 yards rushing on this drive, but the Dallas defense made Minnesota punt. Dallas got the ball on their 5 yard line with a little over four and a half minutes to go. Dak hit his main targets Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb on this drive. When they ran Ezekiel Elliott, Minnesota bottled him up. They ran Elliott three times in a row when it was 2nd & 2. The Vikings moved them back until it was 4th & 5. Prescott tried to pass to Elliott, but Eric Kendricks knocked it down to force a turnover on downs.
Minnesota got the ball back with 40 seconds to go. On the first play, Dalvin Cook almost fumbled the toss play to scare everyone. Cook loss 3 yards and the Cowboys called a timeout. Cook lost more yards and that pushed him back under 100 yards rushing. The Vikings punted the ball back to Dallas with 17 seconds left to play. Prescott was almost intercepted on the first play. Dak hit his next two passes to get them closer for the Hail Mary. On the final play of the game, Prescott was intercepted by Kearse in the end zone to finish the game. Minnesota beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-24. Dalvin Cook finished with over 180 yards from scrimmage. Ezekiel Elliott finished with a little over 60 yards from scrimmage.
Minnesota goes to 7-3 and remain a game behind Green Bay in the NFC North. The Vikings will be home next week as they face Denver. Dallas drop to 5-4 and find themselves in a tie with Philadelphia atop of the NFC East. Dallas heads to Detroit next week to battle the Lions. Unfortunately, this will hurt my record seeing I predicted Dallas would win. As an Eagles fan, I’m cool with that seeing I’m a Philadelphia fan.