IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys keep finding ways to win — weird, wacky, harder-than-they-have-to-be ways.
Despite dominating Minnesota for most of the game, Dallas did all it could to let the Vikings stay close, even in the lead. Then, when Dallas was about to fall behind again late in the third quarter, Chris Canty blocked a potential field goal and Pat Watkins returned it 68 yards for the touchdown that sent the Cowboys to a 24-14 victory Sunday.
"If there's any kind of doubt about what kind of heart or character they have, we saw it again,” Dallas coach Wade Phillips said. "For some reason, we've been behind every game. We seem to keep our poise.”
Coming off a lopsided loss at home to New England and going into their bye week, the Cowboys were willing to take any victory. That's pretty much what they got.
While this wasn't as head-slapping as their last win, a Monday nighter in Buffalo in which they only led after time expired, it was pretty sloppy for a team that's now an NFC-best 6-1.
After scoring a first-quarter touchdown for the first time all season, Dallas had a chance to break things open in the second. Instead, Marion Barber ran backward after gaining a first down, leading to a punt; Tony Romo and Patrick Crayton lost fumbles (both returned for TDs, although the first was called back because of a penalty) and rookie Nick Folk shanked a field goal for the first time.