The deck was stacked against the Dallas Cowboys, who went into U.S. Bank Stadium short-handed to play the Minnesota Vikings without starting quarterback Dak Prescott. There wasn’t any flinch in these Cowboys though, as they walked away with an exhilarating 20-16 win with backup quarterback Cooper Rush pulling a couple of aces out from his sleeve in the second half.
It wasn’t a perfect game, but when a team wins without their MVP candidate, on the road, it certainly can feel like, borrowing a poker term, hitting a gutshot straight on the river. With no franchise QB, losing their franchise left tackle and a banged up wide receiver, the implied odds weren’t the best. Didn’t matter. Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly for the Cowboys in their last-minute victory over the Vikings in Week 8.