Vikings at Cardinals Week Five Capsule

CARDINALS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER   11-10
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Whisenhunt: 1-2 Frazier: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 31-27 vs. Giants L 22-17 at Chiefs
LAST GAME 11/4/10: Cardinals 24 at Vikings 27 (OT). Minnesota rallies to tie game with 27 seconds remaining & secures victory when K Ryan Longwell converts 35-yard FG in OT.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/4/10
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan, Drea Avent (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (Arz.), 106 (Min.).  XM: 230 (Min.).

STATS

PASSING Kolb: 80-130-1,049-5-4-87.0 McNabb: 65-11-680-4-2-80.9
RUSHING Wells: 59-321-5.4-5 (1L) Peterson: 81-376 (1C)-4.6-3
RECEIVING Fitzgerald: 23-361-15.7-2 Harvin: 17-172-10.1-0
OFFENSE 352.5 311.8
TAKE/GIVE -1 0
DEFENSE 388.3 362.5
SACKS Campbell: 2.5 J. Allen: 6.5 (2L)
INTs 4 tied: 1 3 tied: 1
PUNTING Zastudil: 44.5 Kluwe: 46.7
KICKING Feely: 20 (11/11 PAT; 3/6 FG) Longwell: 29 (8/8 PAT; 7/7 FG)

NOTES

CARDINALS: QB KEVIN KOLB is averaging 262.3 pass yards per game with Arz…RB BEANIE WELLS rushed for career-high 138 yards & 3 TDs last week, 1st Cardinal to rush for 130+ yards & 3+ TDs in game since 1968 (WILLIS CRENSHAW). RB-KR LA ROD STEPHENS-HOWLING had 96-yard KR-TD in last meeting…WR LARRY FITZGERALD hails from Minneapolis. Has 31 catches for 474 yards (118.5 per game) & TD in 4 career meetings. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Min. with 100+ yards. WR EARLY DOUCET ties for 3rd in NFL with 8 catches on 3rd down. TE TODD HEAP had 4 catches last week & needs 20 to reach 500 for career (480). WR ANDRE ROBERTS had 1st career TD catch (30 yards) vs. Min…S ADRIAN WILSON is 1 of 5 S in NFL history with 20+ sacks (22.5) & 25+ INTs (26). Since start of 2005, Wilson (19.5) has most sacks by DB & S KERRY RHODES (12) is 3rd. Had 66-yard INT in last game vs. Min. Since start of 2007, DT DARNELL DOCKETT has 29.5 sacks, most by DT (incl. playoffs). Had sack in last meeting. In past 2 vs. Min., LB JOEY PORTER has 2.5 sacks & INT. S RASHAD JOHNSON had 1st career INT in last meeting…VIKINGS: QB DONOVAN MC NABB aims for 4th win in row vs. Arz. In 8 career starts vs. Cardinals (incl. playoffs), has completed 181 of 272 (66.5 pct.) for 2,008 yards with 19 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 102.4 rating. In past 3 meetings (incl. playoffs), has completed 75 of 111 (67.6 pct.) for 890 yards with 11 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 117.3 rating. Incl. playoffs, when McNabb has 100+ rating (min. 10 att.), his teams are 46-3 (.939)…RB ADRIAN PETERSON has 374 scrimmage yards (124.7 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 meetings. Had 144 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 63 rec.) & 2 TDs in last game vs. Arz…WR-KR PERCY HARVIN has 15 catches for 205 yards (102.5 per game) & TD in 2 games vs. Arz. TE VISANTHE SHIANCOE aims for 3rd meeting in row with TD. WR BERNARD BERRIAN had 9 catches for 89 yards in last meeting… DE JARED ALLEN had 2.5 sacks in last game vs. Arz & has 5.5 sacks in 4 games vs. Cards. Since entering NFL in ’04, has NFL-best 89.5 sacks. In past 7 home games, has 9.5 sacks. Has 16.5 sacks in past 13 contests, incl. 5 in past 2.

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3 Responses to “Vikings at Cardinals Week Five Capsule”

  1. B. Grant says:

    Ok, now that the ranting and raving has subsided a little bit, I suggest everyone read this article and chill some.

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/131109268.html

    First, there is NOT one Viking fan unhappier about this 0-4 start than yours truly. It is so heartbreaking to see a team do nearly enough things to win a game week after week, yet find another way to let it slip away.

    Now, in spite of the competition I have observed in commenters trying to make the most ridiculous accusation or decision, there really is nothing more to do right now than let this team work through this.

    Fire Frazier?
    Bench McNabb?
    Cheer for the opponent?

    Sorry guys/gals, I’m not on board with any of that, at all. Think of me what you want, but there is nothing more to do right now than let them practice, prepare for the Cardinals in the best way they know how, and cheer for them like crazy on Sunday. Sorry, nothing else. Nothing.

    BTW, only one team has made the playoffs after starting 0-4. That’s because most 0-4 teams are bad, hapless and playing numerous youngsters. This team is not that kind of team. If there ever is a second team good enough to make the playoffs after starting 0-4, here it may be. I’m not saying they will, and they probably won’t, but I’m also not saying they won’t.

    Yes, most of you think I am crazy for this post. That’s fine, resume ranting.

  2. Fragile Freds says:

    Don’t flatter yourself, your much more than crazy.

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