DEFENSIVE GAME BALL
Honorable Mention: Brandon Carr, Orlando Scandrick
It’s about time we recognize what this patchwork defensive line is doing. Besides the game winning touchdown pass from Romo, the single biggest play in this game was made by Selvie. As the Vikings started their drive from the four yard line, Selvie beat his man around the edge and stripped quarterback Christian Ponder in the end zone forcing a fumble. That fumble was recovered by Nick Hayden for a touchdown putting Dallas up 20-10. Selvie created a few other pressures on the quarterback during the game including the lone interception thrown by Ponder.
Carr and Scandrick teamed up to effectively shut down the Minnesota passing attack. No Vikings receiver topped sixty yards receiving. Their play was also evident in that Ponder was forced to go to ancillary options numerous times, often times checking the ball down for minimal yardage. Given that the Cowboys were depleted in their secondary, this was a huge contribution made by Carr and Scandrick.
SPECIAL TEAMS GAME BALL
Honorable Mention: None
Bailey made both his field goal attempts and all three of his extra points which seems like something that should be a given, until you realize that the opposing kicker cannot say the same thing which was a pretty big blunder, all things considered. Bailey continues to be not only automatic when it comes to his field goals, connecting on almost 90% so far this year, but also a legitimate scoring option when things break down offensively as they have been here of late. Ten of Bailey’s sixteen field goals have come from 40+ yards.