MINNEAPOLIS -- Jason Garrett was not beaming about everything the Cowboys did in their 23-17 preseason win at Minnesota on Saturday, but the head coach saw positive signs that his team is getting “it.”
“I thought it was a good night for a lot of different reasons,” Garrett said. “The principle being for our football team to continue to understand how you win in the National Football League. When you make a big play in the kicking game, like we did obviously blocking the field goal and running it back for a touchdown, that’s a huge play. Then certainly getting a couple of turnovers and taking care of the football, obviously you’ve got a good chance in the ballgame.”
The Cowboys did not force a turnover in the first two preseason games against Denver or San Diego, but Gerald Sensabaugh blocked a field-goal attempt and had an interception against the Vikings.
It was not all rosy. The Vikings scored on their first drive with a 49-yard touchdown reception from Bernard Berrian after it appeared as if safety Abram Elam was in position to at least knock down Donovan McNabb’s throw. Adrian Peterson had 81 yards rushing on 14 carries.
“We’ll look at the tape and see how they did but they seemed to do a good job at critical moments of a drive either taking the ball away or keeping them out of the end zone,” Garrett said.