The Dallas Cowboys continued to find ways to lose. This time it was against the Minnesota Vikings 24-21. This game was a must-win for both teams, teams that were considered Super Bowl contenders that found themselves on the wrong side of 1-3 records. The Vikings took a step in the right direction, while the Cowboys took another step backward. At 1-4, the Cowboys’ playoff hopes appear bleak.
Dallas held Adrian Peterson and the entire Viking rushing game to under 100 yards. Viking Randy Moss did not score a touchdown against the Cowboys for the first time in his career. Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre was sacked 3 times and hit constantly.
The Cowboys were able to move the ball, and controlled the time of possession. The Dallas offensive line only had two penalties. Offensively, the Cowboys did all the things the pundits said they must do.
Though Dallas outgained the Vikings by over 100 yards, they made the costly turnovers. The Cowboys were not able to get large chunks of yardage, they had to settle for 3 or 4 yards at a time, relying on 3rd down conversions to keep the chains moving.
The Cowboys keep inventing ways to beat themselves. The special teams gave up another long kick return, this one for a score. The defense gives up 1st downs by way of penalty when the play would have been stopped. The offense gets penalized at critical times.
Losing has become expected by this team, it will take not only a win, but a dominating win for the Cowboys to regain their confidence. With the meat of the divisional schedule coming up, Dallas had better get it’s act together because time is running out.