Vikings vs. Cowboys: Game Balls and Close Calls

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Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end George Selvie (99) during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT

Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end George Selvie (99) during the game against the St. Louis Rams at AT

DEFENSIVE GAME BALL
George Selvie
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.

Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys place kicker Dan Bailey (5) celebrates kicking a field goal with holder Chris Jones (6) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys place kicker Dan Bailey (5) celebrates kicking a field goal with holder Chris Jones (6) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

SPECIAL TEAMS GAME BALL
Dan Bailey
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.

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Tags: Brandon Carr Dallas Cowboys Dan Bailey Dez Bryant Dwayne Harris George Selvie Jarius Wynn Jason Witten Nick Hayden Orlando Scandrick Tony Romo

  • Ed

    That Peterson TD should have been reversed and made a penalty. His teammate clearly held him up and pushed him over the line. I know we got the win….I’m just sayin’.