Cowboys Beat Vikings 24-14 to Head Into the Bye 6-1

Dallas Cowboys safety Pat Watkins (25) runs the ball 68 yards after the Cowboys blocked a field goal in the third quarter in their NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007, in Irving, Texas.

The Cowboys once again came out with a slow start despite scoring a touchdown, with a Romo pass to Owens, on the opening drive. The Minnesota Vikings were able to answer back with a touchdown of their own tying it up early 7-7. While the Cowboys were able to move the ball very affectively in the first two quarters two fumbles one by Tony Romo and the next by Patrick Crayton left the Cowboys standing losing 14-7 at the end of the half.

What was true in the first half of the game couldn’t be further from truth in the second half. The Cowboys didn’t turn the ball over at all in the second half but were unable to move the ball as effectively as they were able to in the first half. Still, the Cowboys were able to put up 17 unanswered points in the second half of the game on a Marion Barber touchdown, a Patrick Watkins Field Goal block returned for a touchdown, and a Nick Folk field goal which was capitalizing off of a Adrian Peterson fumble.

While outstanding offense has been a recurring theme this season for the Cowboys success it was ultimately the Cowboys defense and special teams play that gave the Cowboys a win. The Vikings were unable to move the ball effectively almost all game. Adrian Peterson was unable to reproduce the same success he had last week against the Chicago Bears and Tarvaris Jackson only completed 6 of 17 passes for 72 yards. Special teams did their part with Matt McBriar continually pinning the Vikings inside the 10 and a Special Teams field goal block by Chris Canty returned by Patrick Watkins for a touchdown to put the Boys up by 7.

Tony Romo appeared to injure his hamstring in the first half of the game on the very same play Patrick Crayton fumbled the football. Romo didn’t miss a single play, however, and finished the game with 277 yards passing, 4 yards rushing, 1 TD, and 1 fumble. Also Flozell Adams needed help getting off the field after the Cowboys final possession of the game. No word yet to if it’s serious or not.

The Cowboys will have 2 weeks now to regroup before playing the Philadelphia Eagles after the bye. Dallas is ahead in the NFC East and will now head into the bye with a 6-1 record. The last time the Cowboys held a 6-1 record was in 1995.

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