The box score booklets are about 20 pages these days, but here are three stats that stood out in the Vikings 28-14 win over the Cowboys at Dallas Saturday.
3 total incompletions by four Vikings QBs:
For perspective, Tony Romo played well with two touchdown drives but had three incompletions on eight attempts. Dallas reserves Dustin Vaughan and Jameill Showers were a combined 7-of-17 passing for 43 yards.
0 third-down conversions:
The good news is the Vikings defense kept Dallas 0-for-10 on third downs. The Vikings started Gerald Hodges at middle linebacker in their base defense, then subbed in rookie
The bad news is the Vikings offense, despite such hot hands in the passing game, went 0-for-11 when trying to convert third downs. Minnesota did convert a fourth-and-1 with a pass from Heinicke to
37:34 time of possession:
The Vikings controlled the ball for more time than the Cowboys in each quarter, and that’s with one possession lasting all of 13 seconds because of
After keeping the ball more than 16 minutes in the first half, the Vikings gripped it for 12:06 of the third quarter, when they also reclaimed the lead for good with the first of two second half touchdown drives led by Heinicke. Williams scored from 3 yards out in the third, and
Time of possession can be significant for an offense’s rhythm and a defense’s rest, and is a nice counter to a team known for its offense like Dallas (even if the Cowboys big stars didn’t play much).