Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys 11/3/13 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Dallas Cowboys 27, Minnesota Vikings 23
November 3, 2013
There were plenty of storylines to go around within the Week 9 matchup between the Cowboys and Vikings. Dallas came into the week at 4-4, desperate make a statement and erase the bad taste of their last-minute loss to the Lions in Week 8. Minnesota, meanwhile, hasn’t had much luck with anything this year and needed a good showing in Week 9 to provide some optimism going forward. It turned out to be a great matchup, and much closer than just about anyone expected it to be.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the notable players and statistics from the game so that we can get a feel for what happened. We’ll also look ahead to Week 10 to see what’s coming up for both teams.
What Happened: For a pair of teams with wholly unremarkable defenses, that side of the ball played a big role throughout the game. Drives sputtered out during the first quarter, as each team could only muster a field goal for a 3-3 tie after one. In the second, the Cowboys added another kick and the Vikings were first into the end zone, taking a 10-6 lead going into halftime.
After the break, the offenses found their grooves. A 26-yard TD pass from Dallas QB Tony Romo and a defensive fumble recovery in the end zone put Dallas on top, but Minnesota struck back with a 31-yard passing score from Christian Ponder. In the fourth quarter, star Vikings RB Adrian Peterson found pay dirt--and the lead--with an 11-yard rush TD. The ensuing missed extra point gave Dallas a shot with a 23-20 deficit. After a Romo interception and another possession change, the Cowboys got another chance.
After a huge gain on a slant from Dez Bryant, Dallas was in position to take the win, and that’s exactly what they did on another Romo TD pass.
After a final defensive stand, the Cowboys would take the 27-23 win and improve to 5-4 on the year. The Vikings will continue to search for answers as they fall to 1-7.
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The Stars: Tony Romo’s fingerprints were all over this one, as he almost single-handedly willed the Cowboys to a win. He finished the game with 337 yards on 34-of-51 passing, two touchdowns and an interception. Jason Witten was the main focus of the passing game, with eight grabs for 102 yards and a score.
On the other side, Adrian Peterson had a bounce-back statistical performance, showing sparks of his old self through 140 yards and a score on 25 carries, and three receptions for 37 more.
The Goats: Though Dez Bryant had a huge play on the Cowboys’ final drive, he also squandered a possible field goal opportunity by earning an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty while arguing a call. He also had a couple of big drops (as did a few other players), but the point is moot since the Cowboys got the win.
We’re also confused as to why Dallas didn’t take advantage of the Vikings’ weakness against the run. We know RB DeMarco Murray is coming off an injury, but he only received four rush attempts (out of nine total). As a team, Dallas managed just 36 yards on the ground.
Injuries: We’ve got a few situations to watch on both sides this coming week. Dallas DT Marvin Austin came out with a back injury, and Minnesota TE Kyle Rudolph left the game as well, injuring his foot on his TD catch.
Outlook: Both of these teams will get primetime games in Week 10. The Vikings have a quick turnaround, as they’ll be hosting the Redskins on “Thursday Night Football.” (8:25 PM ET.)
For the Cowboys, they’ll head to New Orleans for an evening matchup against the Saints on “Sunday Night Football.” (8:30 PM ET.)
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