10 quick thoughts on the Vikings loss to the Cowboys in Week 8

(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins /
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More quick thoughts from Minnesota losing to Dallas

Woods had this game marked on his calendar – After four seasons with the Cowboys, Vikings first-year safety Xavier Woods had an opportunity to face his old team on Sunday night, and he certainly made the most of it.

Woods finished with eight tackles, one pass breakup, an interception, and a sack that resulted in a fumble recovery for Minnesota. The former Dallas safety might have actually made his old team regret their decision to let him go in free agency this year.

Cousins looked lost – If people watching the game on Sunday didn’t know it, the Cowboys were actually the team starting a backup quarterback and not the Vikings.

Not exactly sure what went on during the bye week, but Kirk Cousins looked very rusty in Minnesota’s loss against Dallas. Cousins threw for just 184 yards and one touchdown against a Cowboys pass defense that had allowed the fifth-most passing yards in the NFL heading into Week 8

The Vikings quarterback averaged a meager 5.4 yards per attempt on Sunday and only three of his 35 pass attempts traveled 15 yards or more.

Minnesota’s run defense played very well – If people are looking for positives to take away from the loss to Dallas, the Vikings’ defense was able to shut down a Cowboys’ rushing attack that ranked second in the league through the first seven weeks.

Dallas running backs Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard combined for just 76 yards on the ground and neither of them averaged more than 3.7 yards per carry.