Efficient Vikings operate from smart blueprint early at Dallas


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.