Dallas Cowboys' lopsided win over Minnesota Vikings shows NFC is wide open | Opinion

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What a difference a week makes for the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings.

The Cowboys were upset by the Green Bay Packers last week. Minnesota had perhaps its biggest win of the season Week 10 against the Buffalo Bills in what some pegged as a possible Super Bowl preview.

The problem for the Vikings is they performed as if last week was their Super Bowl. In a home matchup versus the Cowboys, the Vikings were outclassed in every phase.

Minnesota was dismantled 40-3 by the Cowboys. The 37-point win at Minnesota was the Cowboys’ largest margin of victory on the road in franchise history.

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Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) catches a touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Vikings were outgained 249 to 98 by the Cowboys at halftime. Minnesota trailed 37-3 at the end of the third quarter.

In total, Dallas produced 458 yards in the win and held Minnesota to 183. The Vikings went 1 for 11 on third down.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was held to a modest 105 yards on 12 of 23 passing, and he was sacked a career-high seven times. The Cowboys’ seven sacks were also a season-best for the team.

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