Cowboys Lose Pre-Season Finale to Vikings, 23-14
The Dallas Cowboys dropped their final pre-season game to the Minnesota Vikings 23-14, finishing with a record of 2-2. The Vikings improved their record to 2-2 to close out their pre-season. The Cowboys will now travel back to Dallas to start preparing for their season opener next Sunday night against the Giants at Texas Stadium, while the Vikings will stay in Minnesota to prepare for their season opener at home against the Falcons.
As expected, most all of the Cowboys starters sat out for the whole game, as the players gunning for a spot on the 53 man roster were given a chance to prove their worth.
The Cowboys opened up the scoring early, as Jerheme Urban scored on a 96 yard punt return for a touchdown. It was a ball that he should have never fielded, but was able to get to the sideline, barrel threough the punter, and cut back across the field for the final 40 yards for the TD. Minnesota challenged the play on whether or not Urban stepped out of bounds, but the play stood as Dallas took a 7-0 lead.
Minnesota would later tie the game at 7 early in the 2nd quarter when Artose Pinner punched one into the end zone from a yard out. The Vikings would later take a 14-7 lead after they were given great field position off of a fumble by Cowboys’ QB Mike Moore deep inside of his own territory. Brooks Bollinger threw a 4 yard pass to Sindey Rice for the touchdown.
The Cowboys took the ball late in the first half as Matt Moore drove Dallas 57 yards on 9 plays ending the drive with a 5 yard pass to Tony Curtis to tie the game at 14. It would be Dallas’ last score of the game. Minnesota tacked on 3 more field goals for the 23-14 final score. The Cowboys finished with 5 turnovers that resulted in 17 points off of turnovers for the Vikings. Dallas also committed 7 penalties for 45 yards.
The Cowboys quarterbacks did pretty good overall. Brad Johnson completed 5 of 7 passes for 44 yards, while Matt Moore went 14 of 19 for 94 yards and a TD, but had 2 lost fumbles that the Vikings converted to 10 points. It will be interesting to see what the Cowboys decide to do with him. Richard Bartel completed 11 of 13 passes for 81 yards and an INT.
Nick Folk never really did get to prove anything on the field tonight. He did handle the kickoff duty but didn’t have any field goal attempts. He made both extra points.
Some players that I thought made a good impression were Jerheme Urban, although did have a lost fumble, did have that 96 yard punt return for a TD. I wouldn’t count on seeing him returning punts and kickoffs regularly if he makes the team though. Tony Curtis caught 5 passes for 44 yards and a TD and looked very good.
On defense, Remi Ayodele had 5 tackles and Stephen Bowen had 3 tackles and a sack. Courtney Brown had an INT to go with one tackle at CB. There are going to be some interesting and difficult decisions to be made by Wade Phillips and the Cowboys’ coaching staff.
So the pre-season is finally over, and it is time to get ready for the regular season. These games actually count toward your record. Players who we saw in the pre-season won’t be here by the Saturday deadline to cut the team down to the 53 man roster. Now begins the what will seem like a forever 10 day wait leading up to the Sunday Night Fooball season opener for our Dallas Cowboys. The pre-season records mean nothing, and the stats mean nothing. Now lets wipe the slate clean, and get off to a great start against the Little Giants September 9th. Can’t wait for it! Looking forward to a great season! Go Cowboys!!!