Posted by Barrie on Monday, 7 December 2009

The Minnesota Vikings Were Found Out on Sunday Night

Coming into Sunday's game with the Arizona Cardinals, many had the Minnesota Vikings as the best team in the NFL - with a 19 year quarterback playing the best he's ever played, the best running back in the league, one of the best pass rushes in the league and only 1 defeat. Then they got outclassed by the inconsistent Cardinals who got it right on the night.

Brett Favre came into this game with only 3 interceptions all season, but added an extra 2, and it could have been a couple more but for the ball not quite sticking to Adrian Wilson's hands on more than 1 occasion. Favre could not figure out the Cardinals defence that kept Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice in check. Minnesota's own defence couldn't stop the ball getting into the hands of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin who combined for 15 catches, 241 yards and 3 touchdowns. And this came after their offensive line gave Kurt Warner endless time in the pocket to pick his pass, as Minnesota's pass rush didn't get to him all game.

The Vikings other threat is Adrian Peterson. After Chris Johnson put up 154 rushing yards against this defence 1 week ago, many were expecting Peterson to have a good time against this defence. That was not the case as he could only hamper 19 yards on 13 carries.

It must be said, it was a near-perfect performance from the Arizona Cardinals that helped them pull off this result. But it's a lesson for future opponents of the Minnesota Vikings that both Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson can be stopped and they can be beat.

Interestingly, Minnesota are now 10-2 on the season, but only 3-2 against teams with a winning record, of which 2 of those victories are against the Green Bay Packers and the other against the Baltimore Ravens who will drop to .500 with defeat at Lambeau Field tonight. Are they really Superbowl contenders?

As for the Arizona Cardinals and the Superbowl. History is not on their side. While they are close to defending the NFC West, my fact of the day is Kurt Warner has made the Superbowl on each of the 3 seasons he has started all 16 games. Warner missed Arizona's defeat to Tennessee last weekend (yes I know history can change but I find that to be an interesting statistic)...

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