Vikings winning streak ends thanks to late-game score by Cowboys

(Photo by Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) K.J. Osborn
(Photo by Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) K.J. Osborn /

The Minnesota Vikings came up short on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.

For the first time since Week 6, the Minnesota Vikings finished a matchup on the wrong end of the scoreboard. During their Week 11 game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, the Vikings failed to make a defensive stop during the final minutes and it resulted in their sixth loss of the season.

Minnesota is now sitting with a 4-6 record with six games left on their schedule. The playoffs are still a possibility for the Vikings this year, but Sunday’s result is certainly going to make getting to the postseason much more difficult.

There were a number of things Minnesota did well against the Cowboys. But in the end, the bad outweighed the good, and the Vikings saw their three-game winning streak disappear.

What went wrong for the Minnesota Vikings in their loss to the Dallas Cowboys?

During their previous three matchups, Minnesota didn’t allow their opponent to score more than 22 points. But on Sunday, Dallas was able to put up a total of 31 points against the Vikings.

It was the fourth time the Vikings allowed more than 30 points to their opponent this season and each time has resulted in a loss for the purple and gold.

The Cowboys took a page out of the Minnesota playbook and gained a total of 180 rushing yards on Sunday. Dallas’ total on the ground is the most rushing yards the Vikings have allowed in a game this year.

Penalties and turnovers played a big part in Minnesota being unable to get a win against the Cowboys as well. The Vikings were flagged eight times on Sunday and they also gave away the football twice.

On the offensive side of the ball, Minnesota doesn’t have a lot to complain about. Kirk Cousins threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns, Dalvin Cook rushed for 115 yards and a score, and Adam Thielen had his fourth multiple touchdown-game of the season.

The Vikings will look to get back on track next Sunday when they welcome Teddy Bridgewater and the 4-7 Carolina Panthers to U.S. Bank Stadium.