There was a lot of talk leading up to the game on Sunday about how the 8-1 Vikings, who were fresh off a win over the Super Bowl-contending Buffalo Bills, were underdogs at home vs. the 6-3 Dallas Cowboys.
The 8-1 Minnesota Vikings are currently +1.5 at home vs. the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11.— Ben Fawkes (@BFawkes22) November 17, 2022
Per @ESPNStatsInfo, it would be the first time since 1976 that a team 8-1 or better (that started its regular quarterback) was a home underdog
Many fans felt like the team was being disrespected and that if they weren’t favored at home, there was just no way to convince the national media that this Vikings team was good. Unfortunately, the Vikings didn’t help themselves, as they were annihilated on national television by the Cowboys, 40-3.
As if the game wasn’t bad enough though. This game went down as one of the worst defeats in franchise history and the second-largest home loss in team history.
Largest #Vikings defeats in team history:— Ben Goessling (@BenGoessling) November 21, 2022
12/8/84: 51-7 at SF
10/6/63: 56-14 vs. STL
1/14/01: 41-0 at NYG
11/14/11: 45-7 at GB
12/12/81: 45-7 at DET
11/20/22: 40-3 vs. DAL
2nd-largest home loss in team history.
There is hope that maybe this game is a wake-up call for a rookie coaching staff, but the Vikings will need to respond quickly as they look to face the New England Patriots in another primetime matchup on Thursday night. If they win, maybe the national media will respect the bounce-back performance. Lose, and this team will have to continue to try and prove they are legit.