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6-6, 2nd in NFC North

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

With Detroit leading the high-flying Saints 10-0, note that the Lions have held seven of their first 11 opponents under 21 points. That was tied for the NFL lead with the Cowboys, Seahawks, Ravens, Patriots, Chiefs and Vikings. Which two teams do not belong? It has to be the Cowboys and Lions. Just shows how well they have controlled games offensively, and how their defenses are probably better than anticipated.

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Vikings hopeful Zimmer can return for Jags game (0:55)
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19hBen Goessling

Source: Zimmer (eye) could return to face Jags

Barring a setback following another operation on his eye Friday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer could return to the team before next week's game against the Jaguars.

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How did the officials miss the blow to Bradford's head? (1:53)
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2dKevin Seifert

Ranking NFL teams most affected by injuries

An injury to a star player is a big deal, but injuries to numerous key players can completely derail a team's playoff hopes. Here are five examples.

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Missed penalty on Bradford should result in review changes (1:52)
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3dBen Goessling

Vikes' Bradford: Ref said I wasn't hit in face mask

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was puzzled by a non-call on a potential game-tying play against the Cowboys -- but teammate Brian Robison was more livid and laid into the game's referees.

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Who's the biggest threat to Dallas? (1:23)
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Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Vikings are going to run the table against a favorable schedule and go 10-6, they'll need to be better in two of the three phases than they were on Thursday night:

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Cowboys not showing signs of youth (1:55)

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

Sam Bradford said officials told him he did not get hit in the face mask on the two-point conversion at the end of the game. Bradford said he was hoping for a call on the play, but he obviously didn't get one.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

An animated Brian Robison took issue with officials for the lack of holding calls on the Cowboys' line and the hit on Sam Bradford that wasn't called on the Vikings' final two-point conversion. "This has been building up over the last few weeks," Robison said. "I know I'm probably going to get fined, but at some point, somebody has to stand up and say something."

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys had a safety sitting inside to bracket TE Kyle Rudolph on the Vikings two-point try. That takes away the post, dig & even the curl based on the safety's alignment with the CB squeezing or funneling the route inside. There wasn't a window there for Bradford to deliver the ball. However, the missed call on the contact to the helmet/facemask of Bradford will be discussed for a while. And it looked like the left tackle jumped the snap too. A lot going on with that play. Cowboys get a tough road win over the Vikings.

Ben Goessling ESPN Staff Writer 

The Vikings are 6-6, and though they'll finish the year with a favorable schedule, they might need to run the table to make the playoffs. That would require them to be more consistent than they were on a night where they really only played well enough in one phase of the game to win. They held the Cowboys to 264 yards, sacked Dak Prescott three times and forced two turnovers, but Adam Thielen's fumbled punt and an offense that was stagnant for sizable stretches of the game led to a 17-15 loss to the Cowboys.

Dan Graziano ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings gave the Cowboys a gift tonight. Far from Dallas' best effort. But they are 11-1, three games ahead of Seattle, and can clinch their division with a win 10 days from now against the Giants. A big part of success is surviving your bad days. Dallas just did that.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Cowboys beat Vikings 17-15 to improve to 11-1 and kick off NFL Week 13. The ViewFromVegas is they did NOT cover as 3-point road favorites, but they're still a league-best 9-2-1 ATS despite not covering for the second straight week. The game also stayed under the betting total of 44.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Questions of why Xavier Rhodes would play off-man vs. Dez Bryant in the deep red zone...That's not as issue when the CB reads the quick smoke route and drives downhill on the route. Close and make the tackle. However, Rhodes hesitated on the throw and took a step inside. That allowed Bryant to create an angle and get to the edge after the catch for the touchdown.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Dez Bryant took advantage of an off-coverage look from the Vikings inside of the 10-yard line. That's just a quick "smoke" route with Dak Prescott getting the ball out immediately to Bryant. And then it's all speed. Bryant beat the CB to the end zone. Cowboys now up 14-9 in the fourth quarter.

Team Stats

Passing Yards224.424th
Rushing Yards72.432nd
Points For19.426th
Points Against17.42nd

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