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Dallas Beats Minnesota 23-17

The Cowboys defeated the Vikings tonight 23-17, making the Vikings fall to a 1-2 record this preseason. Normally I would be upset, but it is only the preseason.

I still saw a lot of good things tonight, both from our offense and defense. Adrian Peterson ran wild in the first half, finishing the night with 14 carries for 81 yards. Donovan McNabb had a good game tonight as well, his key play being a 49 yard touchdown pass to Bernard Berrian. McNabb did throw an interception, but it was a deflected pass that ended up in the hands of Cowboys FS Gerald Sensebaugh.

I felt the defense put pretty good pressure on the Cowboy’s quarterbacks for the most part, including a couple sacks. Cedric Griffin stood out to me tonight, showing by his hard-hitting tackles that both of his legs are perfectly healthy.

Christian Ponder had an opportunity to produce a game-winning drive in the final minutes, but despite making a few good passes, the clock ran out before the Vikings could get one more play in after rookie TE Allen Reisner failed to get out of bounds after a nice reception inside the redzone with under 15 seconds left on the clock.

The Vikings play next Thursday night to wrap up the preseason. Most of the starters are not expected to play, but a lot of roster spots will be on the line, because the 2nd and 3rd stringers will have plenty of playing time.


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18 Responses to “Dallas Beats Minnesota 23-17”

  1. CalVkg says:

    not too bad

    got to watch a game for the first time this pre-season thanks to the online source

    looks like we’re improving. not contenders, but more hope for a better season than i thought

  2. Malte says:

    It was clear that Cedric Griffen was healthy, but he gave up some huge chucks of yards to Dez Bryant

    • Jay says:

      They need to keep six CBs and only four safeties (cut Johnson). They should keep Burton and Sherels — there’s no way either one of them gets through waivers to be eligible for the practice squad. Too many teams need corners.

  3. VSU BlazerLady says:

    Glad to see Larry Dean pick up 4 more tackles last night in the second half, 3 on defense and 1 on special teams. Interesting that the majority of Dallas’ points came in the first half……

    QB situation…..anyone think Ponder is going to be around in a couple of weeks? Webb looked good last night. 2 or 3 QB for the Vikes when the season starts…..yes or no?

    • B. Grant says:

      Good luck to Larry Dean!!

      Ponder will be right here, Lady. No way they move their number one pick. Besides, I thought he looked awfully poised and resourceful on that final drive. Granted, it was against 3rd teamers, but he was working with the same on our side of the ball. In the absence of an injury, however, Mr. Bomar will be flipping burgers by mid-September.

      Ole… I fear for the future of Mr. Dugan as a Viking. Shank is a lock, Saucer looks younger, Rudolph has to stay, and Reisner may well wind up either on the PS, or on some other roster. The up-guys on the kickoff receive team are relatively easy to replace. JD may have flattened his last official.

      • VSU BlazerLady says:

        Was just wondering how many QB’s the Vikes will keep on their roster. Just a personal opinion, I was never impressed with Ponder at Fla State, so I may be a little too critical, and then he may turn out to be a diamond in the rough!!

  4. Stonginator says:

    I was not able to see the game. I am guessing that Webb looked good at QB? How was our Offensive line? I have been really outspoken that they need help, silently hoping that they would “suddenly” gell.
    From the stats, it appears that the O-Line was opening holes for All Day!

    • B. Grant says:

      From the portion of the game I saw, Stong, the line play did appear to be improved. Everything is relative in a pre-season game, but the improvement was clearly there to one degree or another. Still a ways to go, of course.

      After game one, people generally over-reacted negatively, and after game three, people may generally be more positive than they should be. Too many variables in pre-season games to extract a lot of indication for the regular season. This team has so much learning, familiarizing, and meshing to do on the offensive side of the ball, we will likely see more than the normal ups and downs of a typical season.

      One observation is that McNabb seems VERY involved, and taking genuine ownership in the team. I feared we might get a guy going through the motions, but it doesn’t appear that way at all. He and Musgrave might be one of those extra effective matchups that we wind up benefitting from.

  5. Justin gallardo says:

    How did Jamarca Sanford look..i saw on twitter that tyrell stunk it up ..not surprised he is a bust… Hope Jamarca starts

  6. Lost Viking says:

    Had choice of watching Jaguar-Bill game or Hurricane Irene. Unfortunate decision to go with interminably long and overblown event with seemingly no end or purpose. Heard it rained some.

    Speaking of spongy affairs the Jaguar D has no punch. Jacksonville must be a place where big name draft selections gain anonymity. Don’t know who Del Rio has coaching this group but there’s much work to do.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick pretty much tore through Jaguar at will. Bill chose to dump Lee Evans to go with younger receivers…Johnson, Easley. Fitz made Bill looks like they made good decision. Fred Jackson, now back up, is best runner you’ve never heard of. Defensively the Bill line is a strength.

    Second string QB battle was between the two QBs Viking wanted to sign: Gabbert and Thigpen. Luckily, Thigpen chose the Bill where he’ll be nothing but a liability. This is a QB that looks for trouble then throws into it. In fact, he doesn’t seem to look anywhere but where he’s throwing. Two intercepts and a fumble while also demonstrating the backup WRs can’t catch.

    Gabbert may have played like a rook but here’s a guy who throws the rock. Both QBs take off too much when they can’t locate their primary WR. Gabbert commands an effortless delivery and ball arrives quick. Big arm, rangy and mobile QB maybe compares to Jim Kelly or Marino.

    Bill finally won game thanks to real star of the four hour snoozefest

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Carey_(American_football)

  7. Lost Viking says:

    Had choice of watching Jaguar-Bill game or Hurricane Irene. Unfortunate decision to go with interminably long and overblown event with seemingly no end or purpose. Heard it rained some.

    Much like the weather event the Jaguar D has no punch. Jacksonville must be a place where big name draft selections gain anonymity. Don’t know who Del Rio has coaching this group but there’s much work to do.

    Ryan Fitzpatrick pretty much tore through Jaguar at will. Bill chose to dump Lee Evans to go with younger receivers…Johnson, Easley. Fitz made Bill looks like they made good decision. Fred Jackson, now back up, is best runner you’ve never heard of. Defensively the Bill line is a strength.

    Second string QB battle was between the two QBs Viking wanted to sign: Gabbert and Thigpen. Luckily, Thigpen chose the Bill where he’ll be nothing but a liability. This is a QB that looks for trouble then throws into it. In fact, he doesn’t seem to look anywhere but where he’s throwing. Two intercepts and a fumble while also demonstrating the backup WRs can’t catch.

    Gabbert may have played like a rook but here’s a guy who throws the rock. Both QBs take off too much when they can’t locate their primary WR. Gabbert commands an effortless delivery and ball arrives quick. Big arm, rangy and mobile QB maybe compares to Jim Kelly or Marino.

    Bill finally won game thanks to real star of the four hour snoozefest

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Carey_(American_football)

  8. Vikadan11 says:

    The one thing thats clear to me is the young DL need to pick it up ~ Any real word on how many games KW will miss ~ ? Robison has been no replacement for Edwards yet ~ The clock is ticking ~ He needs to pick up his game or the Vikings need to fine a replacement ~

    I was very happy with the offense over all ~ I didn’t think I would here myself say that this year ~

    As for the QB’s McNabb looked good or a guy with 5 weeks in a new offense ~ Ponder looked like a rookie and Webb looked like a young QB with one year under his belt ~ I happy with this group ~

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