Vikings Lose to Cowboys 23-17

Tonight’s game got away from the Vikings on two bad plays in the first half. With the Vikings up 7-3 and trying to take a two score lead, Ryan Longwell‘s field goal attempt was blocked by Gerald Sensabaugh and scooped up by Alan Ball for a touchdown. Later in the first half Sensabaugh picked off a Donovan McNabb pass to stop a potential Vikings scoring chance and set up Dallas’ own long TD drive, capped off by Felix Jones‘ run. The Vikings did manage a late second quarter field goal to make it 17-10 Dallas going into the half.

The Vikings’ first score came in the first quarter when Donovan McNabb hit embattled receiver Bernard Berrian for a 49-yard TD pass. The Vikes’ pass protection was solid with McNabb in the game, and running back Adrian Peterson also looked to be in midseason form, running for 81 yards on 14 carries. Percy Harvin led the Vikings’ first-teamers with four catches but had a big drop to stop a drive. Michael Jenkins had 3 catches for 48 yards.

The Vikings’ first-team defense was able to get only mild pressure on Tony Romo who finished the game with 140 yards on 15-of-20 passing. The big story was the loss of Antoine Winfield who suffered an apparent stinger while making a tackle and was taken out of the game. Winfield’s injury is not thought to be serious.

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