Minnesota Vikings Squeak By Dallas, Cowboys Fall To 1-4

October 17th, 2010-  By Alex Groberman

In what become dubbed the “Desperation Bowl” the Minnesota Vikings defeated the Dallas Cowboys 24-21 on Sunday afternoon.

Vikings quarterback, Brett Favre, overcame a bad elbow and the NFL looking into possible harassment charges to lead his Minnesota team via a 14-for-19, 118 yard, one touchdown and one turnover performance. Because of how quiet of a game this ended up being for Favre, newly acquired receiver, Randy Moss, didn’t see much action in his first hometown run since being traded from the New England Patriots.

Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo, finished the day with a 25-for-33, 211 yard performance. He was able to lob two touchdown passes to receiver, Roy Williams in the first half and one to rookie Dez Bryant from 31-yards out with a little over ten minutes remaining in the game. However, he was also intercepted twice by E.J. Henderson deep in his own territory which led to an eventual ten points for the Vikings. The first led to a touchdown, while the second one led to a Ryan Longwell 38-yard field goal with a little over four minutes remaining in the game that gave the Vikings a 24-21 lead.

The Cowbys also made it a point to go after Favre after he spent the week under “questionable” status and played limited plays in practice. The lack of preparation and general uneasiness of Favre showed all day long in the form of poor play in the pocket and an eagerness to get rid of the ball for small yardage or no yardage at all. He ended up getting hit on eight of his first 10 dropbacks and was sacked three times. For one of the sacks, he lost 12 yards on a third-and-7 blitz.

In the first half, the Cowboys outgained Minnesota 190-60 in the first half to take a 14-7 lead despite the fact that they had six penalties for a total of 63 yards.

Percy Harvin kicked off the second half with an explosive 95-yard kickoff return.

The Vikings, playing at home, were set as a four-point favorite on USA Online Sportsbooks and NFL Betting Odds. The game went the over at 45 points, with the line set at 41 points prior to kickoff.

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