Like many after the Cowboys lost a late lead against the Green Bay Packers on last Sunday’s visit to Lambeau Field, Clark didn’t think the Cowboys would fare well against the NFC-leading Vikings. He went so far as to put the Cowboys through “all piles of trouble” leading up to the expected showdown at US Bank Stadium, especially after the Vikings stole a thrilling win from the Buffalo Bills the week before.
Instead, Dallas defied expectations until a 40-3 shot not only firmly restored momentum on their side in the closing stages of the season, but also inflicted the Vikings to their first home loss of the season. It was also the Cowboys’ largest margin of victory on the road in franchise history and their first by at least 30 points since October 2017.
To his credit, Clarke is back on “Get Up!” ESPN’s. On a Monday morning and no apologies were spared, his defensive error encompassed nearly every aspect of Dallas’ dominant defensive effort.
“(Defensive Coordinator) Dan Quinn, Joseph Witt Jr., Defensive Backs Coach, Jaron Kerse, Donovan Wilson, Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs, I was wrong! I’m so sorry!” Clark declared. “What I did is you looked at the movie and said you know what? You have to beat me by doing things you can’t do. I’m going to put Micah Parsons to the test and let him rush your tackle… I’m going to let Trayvon Diggs, who hasn’t tracked any receiver other than AJ Brown all year, Track down Justin Jefferson.”
“Although it was great by the Dallas Cowboys in the fact of the way it was planned and the timely ways in which they called their cover. But most importantly they ran and hit and weren’t afraid. They stomped on the field to prove a point, and these have been proven.” the point “.
The Cowboys (7-3) allowed just 183 yards on Sunday and shut down some of their most notable offensive weapons. Jefferson was limited to 33 yards on receptions while Cousins sacked seven times. Parsons, Dorrance Armstrong and Sam Williams had two each in the dominant victory, also limiting Minnesota State (8-2) to 159 yards (54 coming from quarterback Nick Mullins after Cousins was pulled from Carnage).
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“I keep talking about the Michael Jordan meme in my head,” Clark joked, referring to the internet sensation for the NBA legend and referring to incidents he “took personally” during the events depicted in the 2020 documentary “The Last Dance.”
Dallas won’t have to wait long to prove more doubters wrong: It faces its shortened annual vacation week as it battles the New York Giants this Thanksgiving afternoon Thursday (3:30 p.m. ET, Fox).
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