The Minnesota Vikings did so many things well in this game. Sadly, the excellent play of the defense was overshadowed by an offense that struggled to get in scoring position and special teams unit that made too many mistakes.
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Injuries are the big thing in this game. Not having Marcus Sherels available to return punts was an absolute mess, with Adam Thielen turning the ball over and giving the Cowboys a very short field.
But Thielen wasn’t the only one struggling with punt returns. Cordarrelle Patterson almost made a similar mistake, but the fast thinking of Audie Cole prevented the Cowboys from getting possession of the football.
There is a chance that this could have been the last game the Vikings have in terms of NFL relevancy. If Detroit continues to win, the thought of winning the division could be a pipe dream. And even worse, the idea of being a playoff contender gets harder and harder to imagine.
The Minnesota Vikings still have football to play though. They pushed the Cowboys to the limit, but now they have a long week off before making the trip to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars in week 14.