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NFL Week 11 Game Recap: Dallas Cowboys 40, Minnesota Vikings 3

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) celebrates his touchdown during the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys made a statement against the NFC's elite with a 40-3 victory against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11. The win propels the Cowboys into a tie for second place in the competitive NFC East.

Offensive spotlight: Tony Pollard snagged all five of his targets for 105 yards and two scores. The performance helped the budding star finish with an 83.2 receiving grade. If that grade holds after review, it will be the highest of his season.

Defensive spotlight: Before he left the game with an ankle injury, Micah Parsons wreaked havoc against the Vikings' offensive line. The second-year standout had his second eight-pressure performance of the season and ended the afternoon with four hurries and two sacks.

Rookie spotlight: Rookie Tyler Smith had his best pass-blocking game of the year. He didn't surrender a single pressure for the first time this year and finished with a 77.8 pass-blocking grade on first review.

Offensive line spotlight: The Vikings' offensive line was obliterated all afternoon against the Cowboys' pass rush. The unit allowed 16 total pressures, five hurries and five sacks across 40 pass-blocking snaps.

Box Score

Passing
Dallas Cowboys
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Dak Prescott 20.6 22 / 25 276 11.0 2 0 0 139.3
Cooper Rush 1.2 4 / 5 31 6.2 0 0 0 92.5
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Comp/Att Yds YPA TD Int Sacks Rtg
Kirk Cousins 3.2 12 / 23 105 4.6 0 0 7 64.6
Nick Mullens 2.2 5 / 6 54 7.7 0 0 0 93.8
Rushing
Dallas Cowboys
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Tony Pollard 39.9 15 80 5.3 0 20 0
Dak Prescott 20.6 3 16 5.3 0 11 0
Ezekiel Elliott 17.7 15 42 2.8 2 8 0
Malik Davis 5.5 7 13 1.9 0 9 0
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Car Yds YPC TD Long Fum Lost
Dalvin Cook 7.2 11 72 6.5 0 17 0
Alexander Mattison 1.8 2 0 0.0 0 3 0
Kene Nwangwu 1.6 4 1 0.2 0 4 0
Receiving
Dallas Cowboys
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
Tony Pollard 39.9 6 6 109 18.2 2 68
Ezekiel Elliott 17.7 1 1 5 5.0 0 5
CeeDee Lamb 9.5 5 5 45 9.0 0 27
Michael Gallup 7.1 4 3 41 10.2 0 19
Noah Brown 6.2 2 2 42 21.0 0 35
Malik Davis 5.5 3 2 22 7.3 0 14
Dalton Schultz 5.2 5 3 22 4.4 0 12
Jake Ferguson 3.5 2 2 15 7.5 0 11
Jalen Tolbert 1.8 1 1 8 8.0 0 8
Peyton Hendershot 0.8 1 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2
Minnesota Vikings
Player Fantasy Tgt Rec Yds YPT TD Long
T.J. Hockenson 8.4 9 5 34 3.8 0 11
Dalvin Cook 7.2 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Justin Jefferson 6.3 5 3 33 6.6 0 15
Adam Thielen 4.5 3 2 25 8.3 0 15
K.J. Osborn 3.7 3 2 17 5.7 0 12
Jalen Nailor 2.5 3 1 15 5.0 0 15
Jalen Reagor 2.4 1 1 14 14.0 0 14
Johnny Mundt 1.8 1 1 8 8.0 0 8
Alexander Mattison 1.8 1 1 8 8.0 0 8
Kene Nwangwu 1.6 1 1 5 5.0 0 5

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