My, how the mighty have fallen. The Minnesota Vikings were never thought to be Super Bowl contenders, but the Vikings had a lot riding on All-Pro running Adrian Peterson. He, in turn, had a lot riding on his blockers. Through eight weeks, neither of those groups has delivered. When Minnesota travels to Dallas today to take on the Cowboys, few people expect the Cowboys to ride off into the sunset as losers. But as ESPN Thursday Night showed this week, stranger things have happened, so you’ll want to catch the game on FOX or watch Vikings at Cowboys game online free streaming using one of several different methods to see how it all turns out.
The Vikings’ bright spot was always thought to be rushing, and in fact, through seven games it has been. The only trouble with that being their best major statistical category is that their “bright spot” has been dimmer than 17 other teams. Adrian Peterson has led the Vikings to just the NFL’s 18th-ranked rushing game, having gone for 571 yards. The Vikings’ other categories? The 27th-ranked passing game, 29th-ranked offense and 30th-ranked defense. No wonder they’re starting Christian Ponder at QB against the Cowboys today.
The Cowboys haven’t fared much better, although quarterback Tony Romo has led Dallas to the eighth-ranked passing attack. Romo continues to move up in QBR, coming in at 11th this week, and through eight games he’s completed 195 of 295 pass attempts for 2,216 yards and 18 TDs. Romo’s biggest problem, in fact, other than the nagging perception that he can’t seal the deal with America’s team needs it, is his apparent blow-up with receiver Dez Bryant.
Last week the Cowboys wide receiver had a showdown with Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, who ended up destroying the Dallas secondary on his way to 329 receiving yards in the Lions’ victory. Rather than focus on the game, though, Bryant focused on individual statistics, verbally eviscerating the Cowboys offense for not getting him enough touches to steal some of Megatron’s limelight. Naturally, half the fun when you watch Vikings at Cowboys game online free streaming will be waiting to see how Bryant responds on and off the field to the scrutiny he’s received since last Sunday.
But Bryant and his QB are actually “all good,” says the receiver, which could bode well for the Cowboys today. NFL Films released sideline footage of their exchanges, and although Bryant’s conversation with Romo looked like a wide receiver complaining to his QB about touches, the audio shows that Bryant was simply talking strategy with Romo.
A fired-up Dez Bryant plus a middling Minnesota Vikings team equals a Cowboys victory today, if the experts are to be believed. To see how it all unfolds, you can watch Vikings at Cowboys game online free streaming on DirecTV’s website if you have the NFL Sunday Ticket Package. Although the package itself requires a subscription, anyone can watch the live streaming version free if they have it. Heck, if Bryant and Romo really are on the same page this weekend, Romo could crack the top 10 in QBR before Monday rolls around.