Dallas win streak now 11

COW­BOYS 17, VIK­INGS 15 Fum­ble costly to Min­nesota

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Jon Krawczynski

minneapolis» Dez Bryant caught four passes for 84 yards and the go-ahead touch­down in the fourth quar­ter, help­ing the Dallas Cow­boys win their 11th straight game with a 17-15 vic­tory over the Min­nesota Vik­ings on Thurs­day night.

Bryant’s 56-yard catch in the first half set up Ezekiel El­liott’s 1yard plunge. The re­ceiver caught an 8-yard scor­ing pass in the fourth quar­ter af­ter a fum­bled punt by Min­nesota’s Adam Thie­len.

El­liott rushed for 86 yards on 20 car­ries for the Cow­boys (11-1). They have the long­est sin­gle-sea­son win­ning streak in fran­chise his­tory.

Sam Brad­ford threw a 3-yard touch­down pass to Jer­ick McKin­non with 25 sec­onds to play, but the two-point con­ver­sion pass failed. Brad­ford ar­gued for a penalty af­ter he was hit in the face by a de­fender, but there was no call for the Vik­ings (6-6). Min­nesota played with­out coach Mike Zim­mer af­ter he had emer­gency eye surgery Wed­nes­day night.

Dak Prescott was 12-for-18 for 139 yards pass­ing for Dallas.

Brad­ford com­pleted 32-of-45 passes for 247 yards, Danielle Hunter had two sacks and Kai For­bath kicked three field goals for Min­nesota, which has last six of the last seven games af­ter a 5-0 start.

Vik­ings spe­cial-teams co­or­di­na­tor Mike Priefer was el­e­vated to head coach for the game and it re­mains un­clear how long Zim­mer will be out. Min­nesota’s thir­dranked de­fense did their fiery leader proud, hold­ing the ex­plo­sive Cow­boys of­fense to sea­son lows in points, yards (264) and first downs (13).

The Vik­ings forced two turnovers from a team that had not coughed one up in the pre­vi­ous four games, in­clud­ing a strip sack by Brian Ro­bi­son that set up For­bath’s 33-yard field goal for a 9-7 lead early in the fourth quar­ter.

For the Cow­boys, the play of the game was made by Kyle Wil­ber, who punched the ball out of Thie­len’s hand on a punt re­turn deep in Vik­ings ter­ri­tory.

Wil­ber then pulled the ball away as the two rolled to the turf. Of­fi­cials ini­tially did not catch the fum­ble, but a heads-up chal­lenge by Ja­son Gar­rett got the call over­turned and Prescott found Bryant on the next play.

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