Mike Zimmer on drive with 10 straight runs: “It just breaks your will”

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The Vikings fell behind the Cowboys for the first time on Sunday night when a Dallas touchdown and extra point put Minnesota in a one-point hole. The Vikings’ offense then put the Cowboys in a six-foot ditch.

The Vikings called 10 straight running plays on the next drive. Ten straight. Culminating in a touchdown that put the Vikings ahead for good.

“It just breaks your will,” coach Mike Zimmer told reporters after the game. “That’s the one thing with football. It’s a tough sport and if you allow people to run the ball like that against you, then it really deflates you, I think.”

The Cowboys made it clear, through defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, that the plan was to “take the wheels out” of the Minnesota running game. They didn’t, with Dalvin Cook running for 97 yards and adding another 86 through screen passes. Rookie Alexander Mattison added another 52 yards to the ground attack, which generated 153 yards on the night.

Compare that with the Cowboys, who managed only 50 net rushing yards, with 47 coming from Ezekiel Elliott.

In an era where passing games fuel interest in football, running games continue to be the backbone of productive offenses. The Vikings definitely had it going on Sunday night. When they do, they win.

18 responses to “Mike Zimmer on drive with 10 straight runs: “It just breaks your will”

  1. Zeke actually hit 47 yards rushing? Seems like every play he was dropped for a loss or at the line of scrimmage. Our backup had more yards and impressive runs than Zeke did. I said before the game, go ahead and try to stop the run and Cook. If you did, he will kill you with the screen passes. The guy just has another gear and goes through people. It’s fun to watch indeed.

  2. These guys talk about football they make careers out of it they make a living out of it yet they still can’t predict who is going to win. Sheeple oh and the mob bosses definitely told the refs to ensure the cowboys win, but the superior team won. Stay humble boys we haven’t penetrated the veil yet.

  3. And we did it with no Thielen, Joseph, and several of our OL going out with short term injuries (O’Neil) and guys lost for the game (Kline).

  4. The passing game may fuel the media’s interest in football but football fans just want their team to be competitive every week and win games. Most of us don’t care about “style” other than when it affects the team negatively.

  5. What breaks my will is when the Vikings are marching and instead of letting Cousins keep playing and go for it to set up for a game winning FG, Zim has the offense do runs right into the line then a desperation heave up the right sidelines to try to fool the D into a TD instead of passing right down the middle to a wide open TE. Zim does this to put it in the hands of his D. The same D who can’t stop any pass. The same D that allows teams to march right down the field. He literally almost blew it again the same exact way they lost to the chiefs. The Vikings are going to ride or die with Zim but if Zim keeps leaving outcomes to his defense which isn’t as vaunted as he thinks, it’s going to be the latter, AGAIN. Kubiak is going to be the Vikings next HC unless Zim makes the SB this year. If he keeps leaving it in the defense’s hands he will be gone because they can’t stop any passes. Reminds me of the Williams wall. Could stop every run so the PATS & Brady just pass 31 straight times & destroy the Vikings. Same thing here. The Vikings defense can’t stop the pass in man coverage. ZIM needs to retool the whole thing in the bye week. Turn them into zone coverage on passing. It will work. He’s too stubborn to change. That will be his downfall.

  6. This was a must win for the Vikings. Zimmer was right, that drive deflated Dallas. However Dalvin almost handed the game back to them by fumbling the toss at the end of the game. Instead of icing the game away the Vikings had to punt and get another stop. The Vikings need to learn to finish teams off!

  7. The Vikings looked very solid last night, albeit against a Dallas team that isn’t as good as it thinks it is. I’m still grateful the Packers already beat them, as they are playing more cohesively than the Packers. Packers were improving two steps forward, one step back, but have recently gotten stuck. First place in the division still feels good though.

  8. vikesfansteve says:
    November 11, 2019 at 8:15 am

    What breaks my will is when the Vikings are marching and instead of letting Cousins keep playing and go for it to set up for a game winning FG, Zim has the offense do runs right into the line then a desperation heave up the right sidelines to try to fool the D into a TD instead of passing right down the middle to a wide open TE.
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    Most of what VFS says is utter nonsense, but I have to agree with this part of it. The Vikings couldn’t stop the Cowboys offense since the first quarter so the most important thing was to keep the ball so they wouldn’t get another chance. On 3rd and 7 at the 50-yard line, you absolutely need to get that first down. Instead, they throw a low percentage deep sideline route that took Diggs about 15 minutes to complete. Cousins can’t hold the ball for that long so there was no chance of completing that pass. Throw a 7-yard pass to get the first down. Stefanski needs to take a cue from PJ Fleck: “The ball is the program!”

  9. I have never seen a franchise pay a QB top tier money then ask him to so little, Screen plays all over the place, I get it they want to win, and the best way to do that is restrict Cousins as much ad possible, but they could have found other options and used that $ some place else.

  10. shaggytoodle says:
    November 11, 2019 at 4:33 pm
    I have never seen a franchise pay a QB top tier money then ask him to so little, Screen plays all over the place, I get it they want to win, and the best way to do that is restrict Cousins as much ad possible, but they could have found other options and used that $ some place else.
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    Look no further than Aaron Rodgers.

  11. It was nice that everyone in the country watching go to sse the best running back in the NFL last night . Dalvin Cook

  12. This year has been crazy for Minnesota. I can tell by the 2nd series if they are going to win this year. Zimmer had a good game plan this week, but if it isn’t that great Zimmer just cannot adjust on the fly. Perhaps it might be partly on his inexperienced OC. The Bears game was a perfect example this year, they were pinning their ears back but a few screens or reverses could have gone for big gains, instead it was possession upon possession 3 and out.

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