'The Best in the NFC'

IRVING, Tex. -- The Cowboys found a way to ground Adrian Peterson and the Vikings: Make certain they're coached by Brad Childress. Seriously, Dallas deserves plenty of credit for shutting down a real live NFL team on Sunday at Texas Stadium. The final score was 24-14.

Minnesota scored an early touchdown when A.D. zipped 20 yards to the end zone. But after that?


· The Vikings were able to completed a grand total of two passes in the first half and six passes in the game. In other words, Tom Brady completes more touchdown passes than the Vikings complete passes.

· After Peterson's initial drive, he was allowed to carry the ball just eight more times. Giving him a 12-carry total.

· Only two Minny receivers caught passes. Bobby Wade caught one. Troy Willliamson caught one. And that's all, folks.

· Raw Vikings QB Tavaris Jackson performed a feat never before seen in NFL history: He vaulted into the air to attempt a jump pass. … and then came down still holding the ball. Isn't that traveling?

· And speaking of a basketball move: The Vikes' other score came on a fumble return that featured Cedric Griffin dribbling the ball as he maneuvered down the sideline. Touchdown, Steve Nash!

· Wrap up Minnesota's day this way: A blocked field goal, a defensive touchdown called back on a penalty, six completions in 19 attempts for 72 yards. And, as usual, in the final stretch of the game, the stellar rookie Peterson standing on the sideline, watching his offense, alongside the clueless Childress. Again, this takes nothing away from Dallas' 6-1. The Cowboys jammed receivers at the line of scrimmage, forced a big Peterson fumble to protect a 21-14 fourth-quarter lead, got a Patrick Watkins TD on a blocked field goal by a max-effort Chris Canty, and were led by a one-legged Tony Romo, who threw virtually every single one of his passes dead on the money. … and completed a ridiculous 28 of them in the first half alone.

And yeah, that's 26 more than the Vikings were completing.

Now comes the bye, and if for Romo's hammy alone, the timing is perfect. A hustling Romo tried to chase down Griffin on his return, but when he saw the Vikings caravan of monster blockers, he his the dirt, as if he was trying to break up a double play. He came up lame. … but of course, kept playing, kept throwing, kept winning.

"That thing hurt!'' said Romo.

Oh, it could've hurt worse. If you want to be picky – and be even more thankful that the bye week comes at a time when Dallas needs a tire rotation and an oil change – consider: By scoring an early TD, they now have (only) 13 points in seven first quarters. The no-huddle thing was a nice try in that it dictates the opponent's personnel. But if it's not also a hurry-up (and it wasn't) it does nothing to change the pace of the game. In three straight weeks, the Cowboys have stolen a victory against a bad Bills team, gotten absolutely trashed at home by the Patriots, and needed some creative bounces to survive the 2-5 Vikings.

Nevertheless, Childress is right when he says the Cowboys "are the best team in the NFC.''

And the Vikings? Despite boasting the league's stiffest run defense, premier-round picks all over both sides of the ball, a presence in a crummy division in an inferior conference, and arguably the most dynamic runner in the sport, the Vikings – Childress' Vikings – are candidates to be the worst team in the NFC.

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