Cowboys flash immense potential in this season’s most complete win

The Dallas Cowboys needed a win and they wanted a confidence boost after a sloppy performance in Green Bay. But this was not the case. Neither of those descriptions fit the 40-3 rout we witnessed at U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Cowboys flexed every ounce of muscle against a contending Vikings team. It was Dallas’ worst offense, and it was considered one of the NFL’s best.

If we think of October, we could see such a performance coming. The Cowboys have gotten enough from their offense to make up for a formidable defense with Cooper Rush combining for a four-game winning streak.

Dak Prescott tied the game against Minnesota. The Cowboys quarterback has been up and down throughout this season before and after his thumb injury. That was not the case on Sunday.

Prescott had one of his best games in recent memory, torching the Vikings’ secondary for 276 yards and two touchdowns. His efficiency was more impressive than his overall numbers, as Prescott completed an incredible 22-of-25 passes – 88%, or good enough for the second-best completion percentage of his career.

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A result? Unbelievable efficiency. The Cowboys scored on eight of 10 possessions, including seven straight. In the competitive portion of the game, they finished 13th out of 10. They finished the afternoon with 458 yards of offense, a season-best total.

It was an eye-opening pairing for a defense that took little time to rediscover its mojo. It’s simplistic to say that maybe the Cowboys should have moved Micah Parsons back to his familiar defensive end role. But with Parsons screeching from the sidelines once again — something we didn’t see much of last week against the Packers — things looked all too familiar. Led by Parsons’ two sacks and a forced fumble, the Cowboys sacked Kirk Cousins ​​seven times. Granted, Minnesota left tackle Christian Darrisov left the game with a concussion, a cruel reminder of how difficult it can still be to throw against such a talented pass rush.

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Even the Cowboys’ special teams impressed. Once derided as a failed experiment in 2019, Brett Maher stepped up to his best game of the season. Maher connected on four field goals on the day — highlighted by a surprising sequence that saw the officials wipe a 60-yard field goal off the board, only to be able to do it again when he tries again. Perhaps more important than any of those performances, however, was the rivalry in question.

During Prescott’s career, it became common for the Cowboys to easily give up on mediocre teams. The questions usually come when they play the league’s best teams, as they have consistently fallen against the best teams on their schedule. We can say what we want about Minnesota’s quality given the heart-stopping nature of their victories, but the issue remains. Given the sorry state of the NFC North, this is a Vikings team that is a virtual lock to win their division and contend for a top seed in the postseason. It may count as just one win in the standings, but it feels important for the Cowboys to flash potential against these types of teams — teams that will be headed their way in January.

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After one nightmare, at least, that’s exactly what they did.

David Helman covers the Dallas Cowboys for FOX Sports. He previously spent nine seasons covering the Cowboys for the team’s official website. In 2018, he won a regional Emmy Award for his role in Doc Prescott: Family Reunion. Follow him on Twitter @davidhelman_.

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