3 silver linings from the Vikings loss to the Cowboys in Week 8

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Greg Joseph
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The Minnesota Vikings lost at home to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 8. There are actually a few positives to take away from that miserable showing.

In Week 8, the Minnesota Vikings rolled out an inept offensive attack and lost on their home turf to the Dallas Cowboys, who were led by a backup quarterback, Cooper Rush.

Vikings signal-caller Kirk Cousins was off with his throws for the majority of the night. For whatever reason, he decided to check the ball down instead of pushing it down the field to where his wide receivers were open.

Defensively, Minnesota was able to stifle the Cowboys’ rushing attack, but they still allowed some easy, big throws to the inexperienced Rush, which ultimately decided the outcome of this game.

The coaching and game planning was very suspect for the Vikings in this matchup, and Mike Zimmer’s clock management was, once again, a lesson in what not to do.

The loss was an embarrassing one on many levels for Minnesota and it took place on a national stage. While the defeat definitely stings, there are a few things that the Vikings can take away from it that’ll leave them with a slightly better taste in their mouths.