Zimmer's status for Minnesota's next game (at Jacksonville on December 11) is unknown at the moment, but in the somber locker room of U.S. Bank Stadium Thursday night, Vikings players vowed that their resolve hasn't wavered and won't down the stretch.
It's pretty clear that Dallas defensive tackle Cedric Thornton got Bradford in the facemask on the play.
It was a stark change from a week ago, when he sparred with Washington cornerback Josh Norman on Thanksgiving.
"We have to find a way to win these, even when we shoot ourselves in the foot", Griffen said. Two big whiffs, letting Prescott scramble for 15 yards on third-and-14 and allowing Bryant to get loose in the secondary later on the possession, led to the first touchdown for Dallas. "I know I'm probably going to get fined, but at some point, somebody has to stand up and say something". And I think there's still a lot ahead of us, but obviously there's a lot of improvements that we've got to make, a lot of corrections that have to be made. It was good thoughts. The most important play at the end of the game had a missed call, so it has called into question the entire game. Elliott leads the National Football League in rushing with 1,199 yards.
"Win for Zimm" was the rallying cry for the Vikings against the once-beaten Dallas Cowboys.
Special teams coach Mike Priefer took over in place of Zimmer.
Vikings defensive end Brian Robison blasted the officials after the game, saying he was sick of referees blowing calls in key moments.
"I'm sick and exhausted of the ref-ing in this league", Robison said.
How much longer can the NFL push back at the idea of allowing plays like this - specifically, called or uncalled penalties at critical junctures of the game - to be subject to replay review, allowing officials and the league office to get it right based on the same video 66,860 fans in the stadium and millions more at home get to see nearly instantly? When you come into buildings and you've got a nine-, ten-, eleven-game winning streaks everyone's gunning for you especially when you're in you're house, night game, national television, stuff like that. I'm not laying this loss on the refs.
Minnesota would get the ball back and score on a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jerrick McKinnon from Sam Bradford.
The first priority, though, is to get coach Mike Zimmer back after emergency surgery Wednesday night to fix a detached retina in his right eye. The Cowboys were held to season lows in points, yards (264) and first downs (13) and trailed 9-7 when Wilber punched the ball out. Priefer credited the assistant coaches in the box above the field for watching the replay and encouraging him to throw the red flag. So let's dispense with the narrative and get down to numbers and how fantasy players should react to the results.
Reports indicate that seven time Pro Bowler Peterson is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery, which is good news for the Vikings's offence, which now ranks bottom in yards average per game.
For Bryant it was his 65th career touchdown, tying him for second in franchise history with Michael Irvin. The game was certainly ugly. The teams that are able to withstand the certain challenges in each of the games are ultimately going to be the ones that are going to be the most successful.