Cowboys defender fined for hit on Vikings QB Kirk Cousins in Week 11

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins - Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins - Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

The NFL has fined a Cowboys player for a hit on the Minnesota Vikings quarterback.

Week 11 was a tough week for fans of the Minnesota Vikings. The purple and gold were favorites to beat the Dallas Cowboys but came up short at U.S. Bank Stadium to drop to a 4-6 record on the season.

Minnesota couldn’t seem to get anything going during that game. Their defense struggled and calls weren’t seeming to go the Vikings way all game. And, as it turns out, there was cause for some legitimate gripes about the officiating.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero announced on his Twitter account that a fine had been handed down to a member of the Dallas Cowboys defense for a hit made on Kirk Cousins that could have changed the outcome of the game.

The helmet-to-helmet was one that was obvious during the replay but wasn’t called on the field by an official. The fact it resulted in a turnover makes the hit even more of a blown call and makes the outcome of the game even more frustrating.

Although Donovan Wilson was fined $4,159 for the hit, the true cost of the game could be the Vikings’ three-game winning streak that came to an end against Dallas and an attempt to chase a postseason berth in the crowded NFC playoff picture.

While the result of this one play can’t be held completely responsible for Minnesota’s loss in Week 11, it is nice to get a little bit of recognition for the blown call, even if it doesn’t erase that loss from their record.

Hopefully the officiating will be more consistent and fair in upcoming Minnesota Vikings games. If players can’t anticipate what will and won’t be flagged on the field, it can make it extremely tough to play a game of football without hurting the team in the long run.