After a tough loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 10, all eyes were on how the Dallas Cowboys would respond in Week 11. The Cowboys traveled to the 8-1 Minnesota Vikings with hopes of a statement win. Dallas was able to do just, beating the Vikings 40-3.
All three phases of the game were elite for America’s Team in this matchup. This wire-to-wire victory started with a strip sack from Micah Parsons on the game’s third play. After that Dallas never looked back and had this game on ice halfway through the third quarter.
There are plenty of studs to recognize from this game, but it is hard to find duds. In their best game of the season, almost everyone played great. So the duds will be nitpicked, but you can always find room for improvement even in a big win.
Without further ado, here are the studs and duds from this amazing Cowboys win.
Cowboys studs and duds from Week 11 win over the Vikings
Stud: Micah Parsons, Linebacker
The Cowboys needed someone to set the tone for this game. Look no further than their best defensive player Micah Parsons. The second-year linebacker was awesome in Week 11. He recorded four tackles, two sacks, one tackle for loss, and five quarterback hits. Despite only two of his own, the 2021 Defensive Rookie of the Year impacted many more of Dallas’ seven sacks.
After last week when Parsons did not get many pass-rush opportunities, he took full advantage of all his opportunities today.
Dud: Kelvin Joseph, Cornerback
With starting cornerback Anthony Brown battling a concussion throughout the week, Kelvin Joseph was the next man up. Unfortunately, he did not look good in his limited snaps. In his very first play on the field, he committed a pass interference penalty. Then, Joseph left the game early due to an illness and never returned.
The expectations were high for Joseph this season after being a second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Sadly, Joseph has failed to play at a high level in his NFL career. All the Cowboys can hope is that Joseph continues to improve in a backup role and can help out when called upon.