10 rapid thoughts on the Vikings loss to the Cowboys in Week 11

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For the first time since Week 2, the Minnesota Vikings suffered a loss as they fell to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11.

Well, all good things must come to an end, and for the Minnesota Vikings, their seven-game win streak was unable to extend into next week as they were handed a brutal 40-3 loss by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

The loss isn’t devastating for the Vikings, as they still have an 8-2 record and a stranglehold on the top spot in the NFC North. However, Sunday’s result should serve as a reminder to Minnesota that they still have plenty to work on if they are going to truly contend for a championship this season.

We’ll have a more detailed look at this week’s loss in the near future, but for now, what are some of the initial thoughts from the Vikings’ uninspiring performance against Dallas?

Rapid thoughts on the Vikings loss to the Cowboys

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Cowboys give the Vikings a gigantic wake-up call: After getting an improbable win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 10, Minnesota delivered a complete dud against Dallas on Sunday.

Everything that could have gone wrong for the Vikings went wrong. Minnesota just couldn’t get anything going on offense or defense at any point in the matchup. It was easily their worst performance of the season, and hopefully, it’s something we don’t ever see again from the 2022 Vikings.

Darrisaw leaves game with a concussion again: Midway through the second quarter on Sunday, Vikings left tackle Christian Darrisaw went to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion, and he was later ruled out due to the injury. This came just a week after Darrisaw left last week’s game early with a concussion as well.

Two concussions in two weeks is not good for the young left tackle. Minnesota head coach Kevin O’Connell has already ruled Darrisaw out for the team’s Thanksgiving matchup against the New England Patriots.