Saturday, January 09, 2010

Dallas trounces Philly and is headed to Minnesota to meet the Vikings

By Joseph Oberle

The Minnesota Vikings' wait for an opponent is over. The Dallas Cowboys thoroughly beat the Philadelphia Eagles for the second week in a row--this time by the score of 34-14--and have earned the right to meet the Vikings in the Divisional playoff game next Sunday, Jan. 17 in the Metrodome. It no longer matters what happens in tomorrow's Green Bay Packers-Arizona Cardinals game, as the winner of that game goes to New Orleans.

The Cowboys present quite a challenge for the Vikings, as their 9th ranked defense is ranked fourth against the rush. Defensive DeMarcus Ware, had 11 sacks this season and has led a defense that has been on a tear in later stages of the season.

On offense, quarterback Tony Romo has gotten "can't play in December " monkey off his back as he led his team to its first playoff win in 13 seasons--the last one coming at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings coaching staff can start game planning for the Cowboys, who will have to leave their magnificent new building and head north to the raucous Metrodome to face the Vikings as they try to win their first playoff game since 2005. It will be a battle of one of the hottest in the early season teams against one of the hottest teams late. Certainly the Vikings, who are coming off a dominant win of their own, will be ready and waiting. Bring on the 'Boys!