No Silver Linings for the Vikings on Sunday, The Stats Just Make it Worse…
The Minnesota Vikings lost to the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 40-3 on Sunday afternoon in Minnesota. It wasn’t close, it felt even worse in person and it was a GIGANTIC wake up call for the Minnesota Vikings and all of their fans along the way.
It might have felt like it, but it wasn’t the worst loss in Vikings franchise history. That honor goes to the 1984 squad who lost to the 49ers by 44 points on the road. But it is in fact the 6th worst loss in franchise history by point differential.
Unfortunately the news coming out of Sunday’s game doesn’t get a whole lot better for the Vikings either. Here are a handful of statistics that highlight just how big of a stomping the Vikings were handed Sunday afternoon.
– Sunday’s 40-3 win for the Dallas Cowboys was in fact THE LARGEST road victory in the history of their storied franchise.
– Turns out, it was the SECOND worst home loss for the Minnesota Vikings in franchise history. The worst since losing to the Cardinals by 42-points on October 6th of 1963.
– The Vikings are now the first team in NFL history to start a season with an 8-2 record, while holding a negative point differential. The Vikings are currently sitting with a -2 point differential having scored 229 and allowed 331. In fact, the entire NFC north presently has a negative point differential, the only division in the league boasting such an honor.
– On Sunday, the Vikings defense yielded scores on the first SEVEN drives for the Dallas Cowboys. They are the only team in the league this season to have allowed this.
– Heading into the game, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had thrown at least one touchdown pass in his last 39 consecutive games. It was the 5th longest streak in NFL history.
– Kirk Cousins is now 2-9 in his career against the Dallas Cowboys. This highlights the lowest winning percentage against any team in his career.
– Cowboys running back Tony Pollard became the first Cowboys player to accumulate more than 100 receiving yards and more than 50 rushing yards in the last 20 years (Emmitt Smith).
Yikes, where do the Vikings go from here?
Aj Mansour is a member of The Power Trip Morning Show on KFAN and works for iHeartMedia and the Vikings Radio Network. He’s also a senior writer for VikingsTerritory.com. Be sure to follow him on social media for the latest Vikings news and big opinions – @AjKFAN