NFL

Dalton and the Cowboys Squeaked by the Vikings in a Thrilling 31-28 Victory

Powered by 203 yards from Andy Dalton, and a total team offensive output of 376 yards, the Dallas Cowboys squeaked by the Minnesota Vikings in a thrilling 31-28 victory, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020 in US Bank Stadium in Minnesota. The Cowboys rushing game contributed to this win with 180 yards and one rushing touchdown, to support a 203 yards, three touchdowns effort by Andy Dalton.

Dalton finished the game completing 22 of 32 passes, to lead the way for the Cowboys. He ended up with an overall QB rating of 104.00, coming from a performance that included 203 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception for the game.

Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott led the rushing game for the Cowboys. Pollard rushed for 60 yards from carrying the football five times. Pollard was helped by Elliott who carried the football 21 times for a total of 103 yards. In the passing game, Dalton was most successful throwing the ball to CeeDee Lamb and Amari Cooper. Lamb caught four passes for a total of 34 yards, while Cooper contributed with 81 yards from six passes.

Contributing to the victory was a defensive line stats of two sacks , three forced fumbles, no tackles for loss, and zero defensive touchdowns for the Cowboys.

For the Vikings, Kirk Cousins ended the day having completed 22 of 30 passes, leading to 314 yards, zero interceptions and three touchdowns. His performance resulted in a QB rating of 140.10.

The rushing game for the Vikings was led by Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. For the game, Cook rushed for 115 yards from carrying the football 27 times. Meanwhile Mattison carried the ball 1 times for a total of six yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Vikings included Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. Thielen caught eight passes for a total of 123 yards, while Jefferson contributed with 86 yards from three passes.

In a losing effort, the Vikings defense contributed with one sack , zero forced fumbles, two tackles for loss, and zero defensive touchdowns for the game.

After this game, the Cowboys improved to a record of 3-7, while the Vikings dropped to a 4-6 record.