5 biggest takeaways from the Vikings loss to the Cowboys in Week 8

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The offensive gameplan was absolute garbage

What was that? Seriously? The booing echoing through U.S. Bank Stadium every time the Minnesota Vikings failed to execute on offense were well earned by a team that must have thought they had another bye week.

The game opened well. The Vikings attacked the secondary of the Cowboys with some mid-to-deep passes that set the team up to get an early lead against Dallas. Then, the team seemed to settle in and execute one of the most confusing game plans ever.

Dallas is known for having an athletic defense and the Vikings played right into that strength by setting up a ton of screens and short passes where they only gained a minimal amount of yards or suffered a loss of yardage on a regular basis.

The whole point of game-planning is to put your team in the best position to succeed by focusing on your team’s strengths and the opposing team’s weaknesses. Instead, the Minnesota Vikings tried to attack Dallas where they are at their best.

It should be absolutely no surprise that this strategy failed.