Dalton-led Dallas downs Minnesota 31-28
On Sunday afternoon, the Dallas Cowboys held an overall record of 2-7 at the bottom of the NFC East standings. After their game against the Minnesota Vikings was complete, Dallas pulled to within a half-game of the Philadelphia Eagles after recording a 31-28 win in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Thanks to three touchdown passes from signal-caller Andy Dalton, Dallas was able to come back late for the victory. Dalton’s last touchdown was a 2-yard toss to wide-open tight end Dalton Schultz with 1:37 remaining in regulation. The score put the Cowboys ahead 31-28 and the defense forced three consecutive incompletions on Minnesota’s ensuing drive to preserve the win.
The victory was a positive for Dallas in many ways. The victory, which snapped a four-game losing skid, elevated Dallas’ record to 3-7 overall and was the Cowboys’ first road win of the season. Dalton starred by completing 22 of his 32 pass attempts for 203 yards to go with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception.
Star running back Ezekiel Elliott made his presence known with his first 100-yard rushing performance of the season. Dalton fed Zeke the ball 21 times, which he carried for 103 yards to go with a 6-yard receiving touchdown. Cowboys reserve running back Tony Pollard also shined with 5 carries for 60 yards, highlighted by his 42-yard touchdown run with 12:02 left in the fourth quarter.
Amari Cooper was Dallas’ lead receiver as he hauled in 6 passes for 81 yards. Rookie wideout CeeDee Lamb had a significant impact with 4 catches for 31 yards, including a highly difficult, highlight-reel touchdown grab from four yards out with 4:55 left before halftime. The touchdown gave Dallas a 13-7 lead at the time.
The Cowboys have a quick turnaround for their 11th regular-season game. Dallas will host the Washington Football Team at 3:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Thursday in Arlington. For more sports coverage, click here.