Facing a 4th-and-1 play on the Dallas 16-yard-line early in the second quarter, the Vikings passed on a 33-yard field goal and left their offense on the field.
The gamble failed, as running back Adrian Peterson was stuffed for no gain, keeping the score knotted at 3-3 at AT&T Stadium.
The decision to pass on three points could earn head coach Leslie Frazier some criticism. However, the Vikings are 1-6, and they entered Sunday allowing 32.1 points per contest. Moreover, Peterson is unquestionably on the short list of backs a team would want on the field for a 4th-and-1 run. Viewed through that lens, the decision makes some sense.
Nevertheless, it didn’t work out, and Dallas drove down the field to kick a field goal to take a 6-3 lead with 6:35 left in the first half.