The Cowboys roller-coaster stayed true to form even when it looked like it would go off the rails. With the one win Minnesota Vikings in town, what would have seemed like a lock was anything but. Dallas had to scratch and claw it’s way to a last minute victory to escape falling back below .500 and losing their divisional lead. The Cowboys continually vacillate between scintillating and frustrating and this game was no different. Thankfully though, this time the result fell into their favor as they now prepare for a Sunday Night Football showdown with New Orleans.
Here is this week’s “Game Balls and Close Calls” as we laud this week’s top performers and look at the pivotal parts to the win over Minnesota.
OFFENSIVE GAME BALL
Honorable Mention: Jason Witten
Romo’s accuracy was a bit off at times and given his responsibility for the offense, it is maddening to watch this offense struggle against sub-par defenses. All that being said, Dallas does not win this game without Tony Romo as the quarterback. Just looking at the box score and seeing the 337 yards and 2 touchdowns does not tell the story. Romo survived several drops by his wide receivers and the knowledge that the option to run is pretty much non-existent but still led the game-winning drive. Romo showed off his patented mobility as well, dodging the defenders who were in his face most of the day and even rushing for a first down on a third down to extend a drive. When it mattered most, with the game on the line, Romo came through going 7 for 9 and leading a 90-yard touchdown drive to get Dallas to 5-4 on the season.
Witten had the kind of day that I expected and predicted he would in my preview column. Catching eight balls and going over 100 yards with a touchdown for the first time in four games, Witten proved to be his reliable self in a game that featured ten dropped balls from Cowboys receivers.