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Want to Beat Cowboys? Vikes Showed How

Dieter Kurtenbach, Fox Sports

Vikings Were Jobbed In Loss

Nate Scott, For the Win

Cowboys Continue to Prove They Have It

Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report

The Old Man in the Secondary

Ben Shpigel, New York Times

The Cowboys have won 11 straight games — they're red hot — and some could infer that Dallas is taking on the air of invincibility en route to home-field advantage in th...(full article)

The Vikings got hosed on Thursday night. They were jobbed. Ripped off. Having fought back against the Dallas Cowboys and with a 2-point conversion needed to tie the game at 17, Vik...(full article)

They can win big. They can win small. They can win ugly. They can win any damn way they have to. The Dallas Cowboys played horrible football on Thursday night against Minnesota. Th...(full article)

MINNEAPOLIS — Terence Newman usually views film of the Vikings’ next opponent at the island in his kitchen, but on this night, three days before Minnesota was to host the Arizo...(full article)

Just when we think we have a handle on what's going to happen with Minnesota Vikings, they prove us wrong. They were going to be a Super Bowl contender this year, but then they los...(full article)

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