Midway through the second from last quarter Sunday night, the Minnesota Vikings were featuring in a movie we've seen over and over.
You've presumably been besieged with the insights, and you're likely mindful of the notoriety: The Kirk Cousins-quarterbacked Vikings can't win defining moments.
Entering Sunday's 28-24 triumph over the NFC East-driving Dallas Cowboys, Cousins was 6-14 in his profession during prime-time games and 6-29 against adversaries with winning records. Since marking him last offseason, the Vikings were winless in eight street games against over .500 groups. Also, with 22 minutes staying in Dallas, they'd blown a 14-0 lead on Sunday Night Football.
They were satisfying the story, and columnists across the country were twofold checking every one of those notorious major game details in anticipation of anecdotes about the faker Vikings.
Yet, rather, Minnesota reacted to Dallas' approval touchdown with a seven-minute, 13-play touchdown drive, total with a two-point transformation that most likely ended up being the distinction between a misfortune and a success.
Ten of those 13 plays were handoffs to running backs Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison, who joined for 64 yards on said drive. Cook scored the touchdown, which ended up being a game-victor and a slump-buster. He presently drives the association in both hurrying yards and yards from scrimmage, and he's the fourth NFL player this season to hit twofold digits in touchdowns.
Cousins performed well. He finished 23 of 32 goes for 220 yards and two touchdowns in a sans turnover appearing. In any case, without Cook and his 183 scrimmage yards on 33 touches, this reasonable would have been another instance of Vikingitis.
The 24-year-old's severe, punishing and relentless approach wore the Cowboys out and gave the Vikings basic parity against a safeguard that would never let free on Cousins. His essence set the beat, and it constrained the odds for Bad Kirk Cousins to show up.
Minnesota controlled the ball for 56 percent of the game, and the Cowboys offense had only three belongings in the second half before it needed to enact Hail Mary mode in the withering seconds of the final quarter.
They did a good job in the second half running the football, Cowboys lead trainer Jason Garrett said of the Minnesota offense after the game on the NBC communicate. They had a lot of plays in the third quarter of the ball game where they were able to run it and convert third downs and keep drives alive. Our opportunities were few and far between in that part of the game.
The 2018 Vikings didn't win games like these. Furthermore, this was no accident, particularly considering Minnesota was without its most cultivated wide collector, Adam Thielen, who was sidelined because of hamstring damage.
The Vikes have been playing great groups extreme all year. They missed the mark in a three-point misfortune to the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead a week ago, yet they drove that game in the final quarter. A month ago, they trounced the Philadelphia Eagles (3-2 at the time) before overwhelming the Detroit Lions (2-2-1 at the time) out and about.
Cook was not really a factor against Philadelphia, however Cousins tossed four touchdown goes as a feature of a hot streak that landed him Offensive Player of the Month respects in October. Yet, that pace, obviously, wasn't maintainable. He got Cook there, as did Mattison. Cook had done the contrary when the Vikings almost beat the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in September regardless of a terrifying presentation from Cousins.
So there were signs this group was nearly a leap forward, and now you need to like its odds at 7-3 entering the last leg. With this and a simple Week 8 Thursday Night Football triumph over the Washington Redskins in the back view reflect, they never again seem adversely affected by prime time.
That is blessed in light of the fact that three of the last five games please either Sunday night or Monday night.
A Minnesota group that thumps on awful rivals and has a NFC-best six twofold digit-point wins this season will be vigorously supported at home against the Denver Broncos one week from now. At that point it gets a bye week before playing the Seahawks in Seattle on Monday Night Football.
The additional opportunity to get ready ought to be vital there, and afterward they're basically home for the last a month of the period. Their lone street game is against the Chargers in Los Angeles, which doesn't generally check.
The Chargers, Packers (who Minnesota faces in prime time at home in Week 16), Seahawks and Lions (who they take on at home in Week 14) all positioned in the base portion of the association safeguarding the run as far as DVOA (resistance balanced an incentive over normal) through nine weeks at Football Outsiders.
Past one week from now's Denver game, Cook probably won't have another genuine test until the Vikings close the customary season at home against the Chicago Bears?and even those two resistances have neglected to satisfy hopes this season.
The NFC is all of a sudden fully open.
The Packers look powerless on protection and keep on lacking consistency on offense, and the Vikings still get the opportunity to have them. The Lions and Bears are toast. The Cowboys and Eagles have both previously lost to Minnesota, and neither one of the looks like a group in line for a first-round bye. The Seahawks, Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers appear to be bound to pummel each other in the NFC West. Furthermore, the NFC South-driving New Orleans Saints were humiliated by the Atlanta Falcons falling off their bye on Sunday.
In the mean time, the Vikings appear to become more grounded.
Cook is a workhorse, and it helps that he has Mattison's help. It likewise assists that with night if both have off days, Cousins can go off all of a sudden. The Vikings, who have given up 25 in only two games this season and have a lot of ability on resistance, can beat you from multiple points of view.
That could be what makes this team special. This probably won't be a similar movie. This may be one of those rare sequels that is much superior to the first.