The Dallas Cowboys are on fire this year and they proved it again, on Thursday night football in Minnesota. They came into the game on a 10 game win streak, as they last won on Thanksgiving Day. Heading into a hostile Vikings stadium, the Cowboys knew it would be a tough, close game, as the Vikings have one of the best defenses in the NFL. The game did not disappoint all night long and it was a defensive struggle. It was a true test for the two leading Cowboy rookies.
It was a must win game for the Vikings, who started the season out on fire and undefeated. Since that hot start, they have cooled off big time and it did not help that the Vikings were missing their head Coach, Mike Zimmer. He was out due to an eye injury he had suffered earlier in the week. Anytime you go into a game, no matter the sport, without your head coach, you are at a disadvantage right out of the gates. The Vikings kept the game close all night long, but turnover in the beginning of the 4th quarter really hurt the Vikings. On the ensuing play, after the turnover, quarterback Dak Prescott threw a touchdown pass to Dez Bryant and that turned the tide for the Cowboys.
Even in the 4th quarter, with only a few minutes left to play, the Vikings still had a chance to win the game. They got the ball back with a little over two minutes and quarterback Sam Bradford was able to drive his team down the field. He was completing short passes all over the field and scrambling around making big time passes. They got down, inside the 10 yard line of the Cowboys, and then they were able to score a touchdown. Now the Vikings were down by 2 points, with a few seconds left. There was a false start penalty on the Vikings, which backed them up 5 yards. On the next play, Sam Bradford got hit in the head and he threw the ball out of the end zone game over.
It was evident on the replay that quarterback, Sam Bradford, got hit in the head on the last play and the refs did not call the penalty. The NFL has to get better at using their replay system, especially at the end of the game like this. However, now the Cowboys have won the game and nobody can go back in time. The Cowboys have now won a franchise best, 11 games in a row. They are in first place in the NFC and if they can keep this up they will get the number one seed and a first round bye. Their two rookies on offense stepped up again Thursday night for the Cowboys. Dallas fans everywhere have not been this excited about their team in many years.