We’re at halftime of Sunday Night Football, and while theVikingsstill have the lead, it has been cut to three points at 17 – 14.
TheCowboysgot into Minnesota territory on their possession that carried over from the first quarter, but eventually had to punt it away with the Vikings taking over at their own 5-yard line. The Vikings couldn’t do much, andBritton Colquittpunted for the first time on the evening. The punt was a bad one, giving the Cowboys the ball in Minnesota territory to start the drive.
Dallas took advantage of the good field position, converting a big third down fromDak PrescotttoAmari Cooperand following it up with a 23 – yard touchdown pass fromPrescottto Michael Gallup. Brett Maher connected on the extra point, and just like that the Vikings’ lead was cut in half, 14 – 7.
The Vikings proceeded to go three-and-out on the next drive, including a third-down play that was ruled a fumble byKirk Cousins that was returned for a touchdown, but a review corrected the call to an incomplete pass. The Cowboys had a longer field to deal with, but it didn’t matter, asPrescottgot his second scoring pass of the quarter , this time finding old Vikings’ nemesisRandall Cobbon a 22 – yard score. Maher added the extra point, and just like that things were tied at 14 – 14.
The Vikings took over after a touchback, and had 1: 54 and two timeouts to make something happen. They got the ball to near midfield, and on a 3rd-and-3 from the Minnesota 47, Cousins looked deep forStefon Diggs, who made an incredible catch that was originally called incomplete. Minnesota managed to turn the drive into a field goal, a 26 – yarder forDan Baileyto give the good guys the lead going into the locker room, 17 – 14
That resulted in a 26 – yard field goal forDan Baileyjust before the halftime gun, giving the Vikings a 17 – 14 Lead going into the locker room. The Vikings will get the ball to start the second half, having deferred after winning the opening coin toss.
Kirk Cousins has had a pretty solid night thus far, completing 16 – of – 21 passes for 170 yards and the two one-yard touchdown passes to Rudolph.Dalvin Cookhas been the biggest part of the passing game so far, as he’s already up to 79 yards receiving on five catches.Diggshas 38 yards on a pair of grabs, andIrv Smith Jr.has five receptions for 34 yards.Laquon Treadwellhas a 10 – yard reception, and Rudolph has a total of three catches for nine yards and two scores.
Cook hasn’t gotten a lot going on the ground so far, as he’s gotten 27 yards on nine carries.Alexander Mattisonhas 16 yards on three carries in a relief role.
The Vikings ’defense has been uncharacteristically awful on third down tonight. Dallas has gone 7-of – 10 on third down so far, and that’s something that’s going to need to change in the second half. *****
We’re at halftime of Sunday Night Football, and the Minnesota Vikings lead the Dallas Cowboys by a score of 17 – 14. Come join us for the third quarter of play!