The Cowboys won the toss and deferred to the second half, giving the Vikings the football first for this one. The first big play of the night came from Tyler Conklin, who beat former Viking Jayron Kearse down the right sideline and caught a fade from Kirk Cousins for 31 yards. Cousins then went deep for Justin Jefferson, who drew a pass interference penalty from Trevon Diggs to move the Vikings into the red zone. Two plays later, Cousins found a wide open Adam Thielen over the middle of the field, and he took the ball in for a 19-yard touchdown. Greg Joseph hit the extra point, and just over three minutes in the Vikings had a 7-0 lead.
Dallas, led by Cooper Rush, put together a solid opening drive of their own, pushing into Vikings’ territory before the drive was ended by Eric Kendricks getting the first sack of the evening for Minnesota. Greg Zuerlein lined up for a 43-yard field goal, but he pushed his kick wide to the left to keep the Cowboys scoreless.
Minnesota was forced to punt on the next possession after Cousins missed Justin Jefferson on a wide-open throw that it looked like Jefferson may have slowed down on. The Cowboys got the ball back, and as we move to the second quarter of play they have a 1st-and-10 from their own 48-yard line.
After one quarter of play, the Vikings lead the Cowboys by a score of 7-0 on Sunday Night Football. Come on in and join us for the second quarter from U.S. Bank Stadium!