3 takeaways from the Cowboys Week 8 Madden Minnesota simulation


The Cowboys continued to roll in our weekly Madden simulation, beating the Minnesota Vikings on Highway 28-18 with a second-half blitz. But what were the biggest lessons from victory?

3. Dear opposing quarterbacks, if you haven’t yet learned how to stop throwing on Trevon Diggs, you will never learn, and we thank you for that.

Trevon Diggs wasted little time making his presence felt in this game, intercepting Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins ​​on his first assist of the day and regaining 23 yards for the score to give Dallas a 7-0 lead.

While the score would be the only first-half touchdown for the road team, the defense would continue to play well, largely bottling Dalvin Cook and doing just enough to contain Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson to put the team together. in position to score another. victory on quality road.

Trevon Diggs celebrates pick-6 after Kirk Cousin’s first pass attempt of the day

2. Amari Cooper may have a soft voice, but her acting is often anything but.

While Dallas’ offense turned things around in the second half, scoring 21 points to take control of the game, it was Amari Cooper’s big game that seemed to open things up. In the Cowboys’ first practice in the second half, Cooper landed a 15-yard catch, then sped out of the grip of a potential tackler before turning on the jets and rushing down the sideline to dive for the pylon.

Amari Cooper Madden Simulation Landing Celebration

Amari Cooper celebrates 60-yard touchdown reception against Vikings in Madden sim

The score increased Dallas’ lead to 14-3 and was the first of three straight touchdowns after the offense was shut out in the first half. Additionally, Cooper continued to make big catches on third down to extend practices and break the back of the Vikings’ defense.

1. The Cowboys’ defensive line is officially a problem, and you love to see it.

Although Dalvin Cook had some great runs, he never broke the big game that Minnesota needed to get on the right track and open the game. They fed him early and often, but his impact was Fairly minimal, except for a three-yard touchdown in the second play of the fourth quarter that helped Minnesota reduce the lead to 14-11.

Osa Odighizuwa sacks Kirk Cousins ​​in Madden sim

Osa Odighizuwa sacks Vikings QB Kirk Cousins ​​in first quarter of Dallas 28-18 win at Madden in Week 8

Osa Odighizuwa broke free and knocked down Kirk Cousins ​​for a big sack on the Vikings’ second possession, keeping the momentum with Dallas after Diggs’ 6th pick, Randy Gregory remained a threat to the Vikings’ offensive line. Vikings. Other highlights include Keanu Neal and Anthony Brown, who each recorded five tackles, and Brown intercepting Cousins ​​to set up Dallas’ final touchdown of the day to essentially freeze the game with four minutes to go.

A lot has gone well for the Cowboys overall, despite the offensive start being slow. What is most obvious, however, is that defense is no longer just a handicap, but rather a growing strength of the team. And considering how elite the offense is capable of playing, a competent, playmaking defense should make the Cowboys a scary matchup for any team in the league.

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