Vikings End Four Game Losing Streak, Beat Cardinals 30-24
The Minnesota Vikings finally got back in the win column after losing their last four games.
“It’s been a long, long, long month,’’ Zimmer said. “It’s good to feel this again. … There’s been a lot of negativity when you lose four games. It’s actually a credit to our football team that we didn’t let it seep into us because it can go south really fast.’’ (twincities.com)
Sam Bradford went 20/28 for 169 yards and a touchdown. Adam Thielen caught five passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Cordarrelle Patterson caught four passes for 53 yards and returned a kick for a 104-yard touchdown to start the second half.
On the defense side, the Vikings made big plays like they did during their first five games. Xavier Rhodes intercepted two passes, one of which was returned for a 100-yard touchdown. The defense also had four sacks after having only three total the past four games. Danielle Hunter had four of those sacks on Sunday. Harrison Smith had 10 tackles and had a sack on fourth-and-six to seal the Vikings 30-24 victory.
The Vikings became the first team since the 1962 Dallas Cowboys to return a kickoff and an interception for 100 yards or more in the same game.
Kai Forbath in his first game as the Vikings kicker made a 27-yard field goal but also had an extra point attempt blocked.
The offensive line also played better. They allowed two sacks after allowing a total of 16 the past four games. New offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur also deserves credit for that. His scheme involves plenty of short passes, which was not the case so much with Norv Turner.
Carson Palmer went 20/38 for 198 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Cardinals. David Johnson rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, along with catching seven passes for 57 yards and a touchdown. Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald had six receptions for 63 yards.
“It feels great,’’ Bradford said of finally getting a win. “To lose four straight, to not win in, I don’t know how many days, I think it was weighing on everyone.’’ (twincities.com)
Getting a win is always great, especially when you are a team fighting for a playoff spot. Despite their recent four-game losing skid, the Vikings still have a great shot at not only landing a playoff spot but also winning the NFC North for the second consecutive year.
Up next: The Vikings travel to Detroit to face the Lions on Thanksgiving Day. The Lions are also 5-4 and currently hold the head to head tiebreaker.