Much of the talk during the week was about the Vikings‘ defensive line and how they’d have to step it up and get pressure on Tony Romo.
In the first half vs. the Cowboys, the Vikes’ front four did more than just get pressure on Romo: they pounded him, hounded him and otherwise knocked him off his game. Romo ended up fumbling three times in the half, helping the Vikes to a commanding 17-3 halftime lead.
If game balls were handed out at halftime, Ray Edwards would get it for the Vikings for his relentless assault on the right side of the Cowboys’ line. Edwards notched 3 sacks and 6 QB hits in the half, while Jared Allen racked up a sack and a forced fumble.
The Cowboys were able to move the ball at times, but despite all their trips into the red zone, managed only a single field goal.
The Vikings offense had no such problems getting the ball into the end zone. Brett Favre hit Sidney Rice on a pair of touchdowns, one a beautiful 47-yarder to open up the scoring.
The second half will be all about holding onto the momentum and keeping the heat on Romo. With any luck, the Vikes will avoid any of the second half drama that tends to crop up any time they get a nice lead.