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

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The defense more than did their part

At times, it felt like the Minnesota Vikings defense was on the field all game. That makes sense since Dallas had the ball for nearly five more minutes during this game than the purple and gold did and outgained them in yardage 419 to 278.

Minnesota last Danielle Hunter during the game to injury. Not only that, but Michael Pierce missed the game, and star cornerback Patrick Peterson is on the shelf. These three individuals are all key to the Vikings’ defense.

Even without them, the Vikings held Dallas to two touchdowns and three field goal attempts during the game. Sure, Cooper Rush looked like Tom Brady at times, but Minnesota’s bend, don’t break style of defense in this game resulted in two turnovers and held the combination of Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard to 76 rushing yards on 23 attempts.

The defense kept the Minnesota Vikings in this game when the offense had absolutely no business being on the field with how they were playing. And that means there is some talent on this team that is being wasted.