News: Vikings.Com: What Went Wrong: 5 Takeaways From The Cowboys Loss

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    Mike Wobschall

    So what went wrong? Here are a few ideas…

    Cowboys netted 14-point swing to open 2nd half
    With 12:23 to play in the 3rd quarter, the Vikings had a 10-6 lead behind a Blair Walsh[​IMG] field goal in the 1st quarter and then a six-yard Christian Ponder[​IMG] touchdown run, his fourth of the season, in the 2nd quarter. But things changed quickly, and drastically, at that point. Less than one minute of game time later, the Cowboys had surged ahead and were enjoying a 20-10 lead.

    Neither defense nor offense closed when given the chance
    Touchdowns by Kyle Rudolph[​IMG] and Adrian Peterson[​IMG] allowed the Vikings to recover from that 14-point swing and take back the lead, and then, with a 23-20 advantage in their favor, the Vikings defense had Romo and Co. trapped in a 3rd and 9 from their own 27 with just 4:35 to play in the game.

    Couldn’t capitalize on prime field position
    When you’re a struggling team playing on the road against a high-scoring offense, taking advantage of every opportunity is a must.

    Ball security
    On three occasions the Vikings mishandled or turned over a possession that wound up costing them. The first two came in combination, with Patterson muffing a kickoff and the ball bouncing out of bounds at the Minnesota 5 as a result. On the first play of that drive, Ponder was sacked and lost possession of the ball in the end zone, resulting in the Hayden touchdown.

    Injuries continue to mount
    The Vikings came into the game banged up. It got worse during the game, as right tackle Phil Loadholt[​IMG] (concussion), cornerback Xavier Rhodes[​IMG] (knee) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (foot) all left the game due to injury. Defensive tackle Letroy Guion[​IMG] was also hobbled during the game.

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  2. theebs

    theebs Believe!!!!

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    That Rudolph injury might be what allowed us to win this game.

    When he went out I think we were able to not worry about the tight end as much and that was huge on the final drive.

    And I will take it.

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