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Efficient Vikings operate from smart blueprint early at Dallas

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It has been a tough season for the Vikings, but in the first half of Sunday’s game at Dallas, they operated off a blueprint that can work for them.

In taking a 10-6 halftime lead, the following happened for the Vikings:

— Running back Adrian Peterson racked up a combined 85 yards on 16 touches.

— Quarterback Christian Ponder completed 14-of-21 passes for 117 yards. He did not turn the ball over, and he also rushed for 22 yards and a touchdown.

— The pass rush stepped up. Minnesota sacked quarterback Tony Romo three times, with Brian Robison notching two sacks.

There’s plenty of work left to do for the 1-6 Vikings to upset talented Dallas. And indeed, the Cowboys scored on their first drive of the second half to take a 13-10 lead early in the third quarter. However, the Vikings have been competitive using a formula that makes a lot of sense for them.

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9 Responses to “Efficient Vikings operate from smart blueprint early at Dallas”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 3, 2013 2:39 PM

    As a Lions fan I have to root for the Vikings. I want to see them fall lower in the draft and Dallas is more of a playoff threat if they don’t end up winning the division.

  2. doomsdaydefensetx says: Nov 3, 2013 2:46 PM

    Romo to Witten for TD then Cowboys get sack fumble touchdown . 2 TD 10 seconds 10-20 Cowboys

  3. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 3, 2013 2:54 PM

    The Vikings are a complete embarrassment to all of professional football.

  4. f1restarter says: Nov 3, 2013 3:04 PM

    Based on Ponder’s performance today, Rick Spielman will give him a long-term contract extension.

  5. jimmysee says: Nov 3, 2013 3:22 PM

    The Vikings should really apply for membership in the CFL.

  6. mediasloppy says: Nov 3, 2013 4:11 PM

    f1restarter says:
    Nov 3, 2013 3:04 PM

    Based on Ponder’s performance today, Rick Spielman will give him a long-term contract extension.

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    While I’m happy with how Ponder is playing today, lets not get carried away. He fumbled a ball in the endzone and threw an interception that led to points for the Cowboys.

    Just another game where Ponder has given points away for a loss, but has shown improvement…

    Plus he couldn’t even throw a hail Mary with his arm strength…

  7. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 3, 2013 4:21 PM

    Did anyone else notice that noodle-armed Ponder chick’s feeble attempt at a Hail Mary?

  8. The Doctor says: Nov 3, 2013 4:31 PM

    Let’s not forget Ponders inability to see the open man, like the play when Aikman pointed out that Jennings was wide open on the crucial 3rd down late in the game, but instead, Ponder, like a spooked dog, tucks the ball and tries to run unsuccessfully for the first down.

  9. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 3, 2013 10:49 PM

    Next year the vikings customers will target someone else to blame all their failures upon yet the failures keep happening.

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