In the highly anticipated match-up of high-profile teams with 1-3 records, it was the Vikings who managed to take a step in the right direction by holding off the Cowboys, 24-21.
It wasn’t a particularly well-played game, and at 2-3 the Vikings still have plenty of work to do, but Minnesota did manage to come back from a halftime deficit and get just enough out of their offense, defense and special teams to pull out a close win.
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre had his first game of the season without an interception, and he completed 14 of 19 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown. Randy Moss was the Vikings’ leading receiver with five catches for 55 yards.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made bigger plays than Favre, but also made costlier mistakes. Romo completed 23 of 31 passes for 203 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Both interceptions were picked off by Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson, and the second one set up Ryan Longwell’s 38-yard field goal with four minutes to play.
Romo didn’t get much help from the running game: Felix Jones had 32 yards on 14 carries, while Marion Barber had 31 yards on 10 carries. The Cowboys are going to need to get better on the ground if they’re going to turn their season around.
They’re also going to have to improve their kickoff coverage: Percy Harvin returned the opening kickoff of the second half 95 yards for a touchdown, the second straight week that the Cowboys have given up a long kickoff return.
At 1-4, it’s easy to list the areas where the Cowboys need to improve. This was about as close as a game gets to must-win in Week Six, and the Cowboys came up short.