Mike McCarthy Shares the Impact of Andy Dalton in Dallas Cowboys Victory Over the Vikings

Published 11/23/2020, 9:30 AM EST
Nov 22, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Jaleel Johnson (94) sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports


The battle for the NFC East Division title is turning out to be a closely fought battle. All the teams in the division currently have 3 wins each. Mike McCarthy’s Dallas Cowboys ended their 5-game losing streak with a narrow win over the Minnesota Vikings.

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Backup quarterback Andy Dalton returned to the first-team setup. The former Cincinnati Bengals man went 22 of 32, throwing for 203 yards with 3 passing touchdowns.

He combined with wideout CeeDee Lamb for a sensational touchdown in the first half, which set the tone for the remainder of the game.

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Could Dalton be the unexpected savior for the Cowboys in 2020? Here’s what the Cowboys Head Coach said on that.

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Mike McCarthy lauds Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton

Dallas Cowboys Head Coach, Mike McCarthy, painted a happy figure after Sunday’s win over the Vikings. The former Green Bay Packers man spoke highly about the second-string quarterback, Andy Dalton, at the post-game press meet.

“I’m definitely very happy, you know, for the offense and Andy…it was a full week’s work coming into this. I thought he did a heck of a job, he kept us in clean plays, really gave us the ability to stay with the runner and pass…

“Just created opportunities… that’s the way we want to play, spread the ball around to our 5-perimeter positions… as were going up against a really stingy defense here in Minnesota,” McCarthy told press personnel.

Nov 8, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore look at the playbook in the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dalton’s performance was commendable, considering the fact that he was not fully fit. Additionally, the veteran quarterback was still suffering from some post-concussion complications. As per reports, Dalton was still struggling with his sensory reflexes in the build-up to Sunday’s game.

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Dalton will look to build upon that fitness heading into next week’s crucial clash against the Alex Smith-led Washington Football Team. But Coach McCarthy will hope to have his quarterback firing on all cylinders.

Who knows? Maybe the Cowboys might just wriggle their way into the Playoffs after all.

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