Late Saturday: Wallace, Patterson go long in Vikings preseason win over Dallas
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Vikings looked to go long at AT&T Stadium, and Mike Wallace and Cordarrelle Patterson responded against the Dallas Cowboys to stay perfect in the preseason at 4-0 with one more game to go before the regular season..
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Vikings looked to go long at AT&T Stadium, and Mike Wallace and Cordarrelle Patterson responded against the Dallas Cowboys to stay perfect in the preseason at 4-0 with one more game to go before the regular season..
Wallace reeled in a perfectly thrown 39-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater that led the speedy receiver down the sideline, and Patterson responded to a Dallas touchdown with a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the Vikings 28-14 win Saturday.
“It was a good win and it was good to compete,” said a smiling coach Mike Zimmer after the game. “We need some good things and we continue to do a nice job with our special teams.”
Wallace entered the game with 1 catch for two yards, but the Vikings hadn’t been pressing the panic button about the offseason acquisition. He finished with three receptions for 50 yards against Dallas.
Bridgewater continued his blazing start to the preseason, going 7-of-7 passing for 76 yards and a passer rating of 111.9. He led a 10-play drive that resulted in a 28-yard field goal by Blair Walsh.
Bridgewater is now 29-of-35 passing (82.9 percent) for 295 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions during the preseason for collective rating of 111.3.
“Teddy was sharp tonight,” said Zimmer in praising his long ball to Wallace. But he also said he doesn’t think it always has to be a long pass to the speedy Wallace. “Sometimes it better to gain four yards, rather than have an incompletion,” Zimmer said.
Veteran Shaun Hill relieved Bridgewater and went 6-of-8 passing for 50 yards. Hill suffered an interception on his second series while trying to hit rookie Stefon Diggs against eighth-year pro Brandon Carr. He bounced back with a beauty of a toss to Diggs on the next possession for a gain of 18 to set up Blair Walsh for a 45-yard field goal.
Third-string QB Taylor Heinicke was 11-for-11 for 83 yards and led drives that ended with touchdown runs by Dominique Williams in the third quarter and Joe Banyard in the fourth quarter. Williams had six carries for 25 yards and Banyard added five rushes for 26 yards.
The Vikings improved to 4-0 this preseason, and the Cowboys fell to 0-3. Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer, who coached in Dallas from 1994-2006, improved to 8-0 at the Vikings helm in preseason games.
After missing three field goals and an extra point during the stormy, weather-delayed game last week against the Raiders, Walsh was 2-for-3 on field goals (making from 28 and 45; missing from 43), kicked two extra points and recorded four touchbacks on six kickoffs, often blasting the ball through the end zone. Walsh also punted once, filling in briefly while Jeff Locke was recovering from an injury.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo hit Terrance Williams in stride on a crossing route that turned into a 60-yard TD. Romo also had an 8-yard TD pass to Lucky Whitehead.
The Vikings open the regular season on a late Monday night game Sept. 14 at San Francisco. There’s one more preseason game to go, however, and the starters aren’t expected to play. That’s Thursday night at 7 p.m. against the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.
Craig Peters of Vikings.com contributed to this report.
Minnesota 28, Dallas 14
Minnesota 3 10 8 7 - 28
Dallas 0 14 0 0 - 14
MIN-Walsh 28 yard field goal, 1:12.
DAL-Ta.Williams 60 yard pass from Romo (Da.Bailey kick), 14:48.
MIN-C.Patterson 107 yard kickoff return (Walsh kick), 14:35.
DAL-L.Whitehead 8 yard pass from Romo (Da.Bailey kick), 8:59.
MIN-Walsh 45 yard field goal, 1:00.
MIN-Do.Williams 3 yard rush (Heinicke pass from C.Ford), 8:58.
MIN-Banyard 7 yard rush (Walsh kick), 2:57.
First Downs 20 10
Total Net Yards 290 194
Rushes-Yds 32-85 21-84
Passing 205 110
Sacked-Yds Lost 2-4 3-21
Comp-Att-Int 24-27-1 12-25-0
Punts 5-46.6 9-48.4
Punt Returns 5-55 4-59
Kickoff Returns 2-129 2-73
Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-0
Penalties-Yards 11-80 11-96
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1
Time of Possession 37:34 22:26
RUSHING- MIN, Banyard 5-26, Do.Williams 6-25, Heinicke 6-16, McKinnon 6-10, Bridgewater 1-6, Asiata 3-2, Kafka 1-1, Line 1-0, Du.Harris 3-(minus 1). DAL, D.McFadden 4-37, J.Randle 6-15, Malena 3-14, Gu.Johnson 5-12, Vaughan 1-5, L.Dunbar 1-1, Showers 1-0.
PASSING- MIN, Heinicke 11-11-0-83, Bridgewater 7-7-0-76, Sh.Hill 6-8-1-50, Kafka 0-1-0-0. DAL, Romo 5-8-0-88, Vaughan 5-13-0-38, Showers 2-4-0-5.
RECEIVING- MIN, McKinnon 4-27, Mi.Wallace 3-50, S.Diggs 3-49, Do.Williams 3-30, Asiata 2-13, Rudolph 2-11, C.Ford 2-6, Banyard 2-0, Fruechte 1-12, Jr.Wright 1-7, Bostick 1-4. DAL, Clutts 2-20, L.Whitehead 2-13, Ta.Williams 1-60, J.Randle 1-8, E.Gates 1-8, D.McFadden 1-6, C.Beasley 1-6, Escobar 1-5, Swaim 1-5, Gu.Johnson 1-0.
MISSED FIELD GOALS- MIN, Walsh 1. DAL, None