Childress playing field position game

MINNEAPOLIS -- I'm normally the first man in line to criticize the work of Brad Childress, but I think he made a wise decision in punting rather than having Ryan Longwell attempt a 53-yard field goal. And not simply because the punt took a Vikings bounce at the 2-yard line.

Childress is scared to give the Cowboys any spark at this point in the game. If Longwell misses, the Cowboys would've had good field position with about five minutes to go in the third quarter. Several ESPN.com writers disagreed with this opinion, but I'm sticking with it.

In case I don't have another chance to say this, Mat McBriar is an absolute weapon for the Cowboys. He keeps them in games at times when folks don't even notice.