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Updated: November 3rd, 2013 1:34pm
Halftime: Efficient Ponder, Peterson have Vikings leading Cowboys 10-6

Halftime: Efficient Ponder, Peterson have Vikings leading Cowboys 10-6

by Andrew Krammer
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The Minnesota Vikings' offense production during Sunday's first half nearly matches what they've done in each of the last three games.

Quarterback Christian Ponder ran for his fourth rushing touchdown of the season for the 10-6 just before halftime against the Dallas Cowboys.

Entering with the worst average time of possession in the NFL, the Vikings lead the Cowboys with 16:43-of-30:00, as they've converted on 4-of-7 third-down conversions. They had just 19:06 total T.O.P last week in a loss to the Green Bay Packers and converted just two third downs.

Running back Adrian Peterson's 14 carries are the most he's had in any of the past three games and has combined for 85 of the team's 199 yards so far.

Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave ran the most effective game plan since September as Vikings' receivers have 11 receptions after the group had just four catches last week.

The Vikings sacked Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo three times, including back-to-back plays in the redzone to force one of their two field goals by defensive end Brian Robison. Defensive end Jared Allen recorded the other sack, with the help of defensive end Everson Griffen.

The Cowboys were one-dimensional on offense in the first half, as they ran 23 pass plays to five runs. In turn, the Vikings' pass rush was able to get to Romo as he plays behind a backup guard and rookie center.

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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