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Vikings Beat the Odds and Win BIG in Texas

Countless Cousins haters and all six Sunday Night Football experts said the Vikings wouldn’t take down the Cowboys. Despite the lack of faith, Minnesota beat the odds and earned a big win in Dallas.

The victory against the Cowboys was undoubtedly a team win, but Dalvin Cook and his blockers carried much of the load. It seems that every week, Minnesota’s lead back redefines his best, and he put together another top notch performance. The Vikings new and improving offensive line has been a big reason for Cook’s success. Fullback C.J. Ham has also proved invaluable as a lead blocker, as he leveled nearly every defender he faced on Sunday. He was quietly a game changer in this matchup.

Outside of Cook and the run game, the rest of the Vikings offense performed admirably. Minnesota fought hard for their seventh win of the season, and they did so in primetime, on the road, and against a team with a winning record. Keep in mind, the Vikings were also without star wide receiver Adam Thielen. In what some are calling his signature game, Cousins got along just fine without his go to receiver. He not only protected the football, but more importantly, the signal caller distributed it like a girl scout selling cookies. 

We saw screen passes to Cook. We saw three strikes to Diggs. We saw Kyle Rudolph score twice. Heck, Cousins even got Laquon Treadwell involved. And the rookies? Yeah, he threw to Bisi Johnson and Irv Smith too. In total, Cousins targeted eight different players against the Cowboys. The Vikings have been lauded for their offensive arsenal, and it was great to see Cousins using all of his weapons.

In order to come away victorious, the Vikings needed more than just their offense. Several other players came in clutch, and they all contributed to the team win. Special teams had a solid day, as kicker Dan Bailey was a perfect 4/4 against his former team. In the final moments of the game, the defense also corralled the Cowboys, as Eric Kendricks and Jayron Kearse thwarted Dallas’ last two comeback attempts. All in all, it was a huge win for the Vikings, and a big loss for those who bet against them.

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