The Dallas Cowboys’ 40-3win over the Minnesota Vikings was so lopsided that CBS cut away from the game while it was still in the third quarter. Talk about a way to bounce back strong.

On offense and defense, the Cowboys looked like the better team while trashing the 8-1 squad that just beat the Buffalo Bills last weekend. They did so as star players led the way in each phase of the game.

It started with the defense forcing a three-and-out to begin the game as Micah Parsons got the strip sack on Kirk Cousins to hand Dak Prescott and Friends the football at the Vikings’ own 27-yard line. That would be the first of 2 sacks and 5 QB hits by Parsons, who moved back to defensive end after spending most of the game at linebacker in last week’s loss to the Green Bay Packers.

The Cowboys failed to score a touchdown off of Parsons’ forced fumble and went up by three with a field goal. In each of the next six drives, Prescott’s offense would score points, including four touchdowns.

The Cowboys’ quarterback had himself the best game of his season completing 22 of his 25 pass attempts (88%) for 276 yards and two touchdowns.

It was a great day for the running backs too, as Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard combined for four total touchdowns. Pollard had 189 yards from scrimmage including a 68-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

Meanwhile on defense, the early lead allowed Dan Quinn’s defense to go off against Kirk Cousins. That combined with LT Christian Darrisaw’s early exit (concussion) meant trouble for Minnesota’s pass protection. The Vikings’ quarterback finished the day with seven sacks.

On third down, the Cowboys held the Vikings to 1-of-11. That was in big part thanks to cornerback Trevon Diggs, who traveled with Justin Jefferson throughout the game. Although he isn’t known for shadowing top receivers, you’ve got to give props to the coaching staff for being willing to adjust.

The Cowboys’ starts shined bright on Sunday and managed to do what contenders should do in the NFL. Shake off tough losses and come back strong.

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