Defense Lowers the Boom on Arizona as Vikings Top Cardinals 21-14

It was another dominant performance by the Vikings defense Sunday, more than making up for a lackluster offense, as the Vikings topped the Cardinals 21-14 to move to 5-2 on the season.

Adrian Peterson led the ground game for the Vikings, rushing for 153 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. The rest of the offense wasn’t very good, as QB Christian Ponder was just 8 for 17 for 58 yards and two interceptions.

The defense though was great, as Harrison Smith returned an interception for a touchdown and the Vikings registered seven sacks, including three by Brian Robison.

Percy Harvin caught Ponder’s only touchdown pass, but Ponder committed another costly turnover, an interception that led to a second-quarter touchdown run by LaRod Stephens-Howling. Ponder has seven turnovers in the last three games; two of them were turned into touchdowns last week at Washington.

The Vikings had four straight three-and-outs into the thick of the fourth quarter, and Ponder finished 8 for 17 for 58 yards and two interceptions.

The defense though forced John Skelton into a flurry of off-target throws and sacked him seven times. Antoine Winfield delivered a jarring stop on fourth-and-1 at the Minnesota 17 midway through the third quarter. With 6:16 left on fourth-and-10, Skelton was taken down near midfield.

Skelton got the Cards within seven as he hit Andre Roberts for a 6-yard scoring pass with 1:48 left to make it a 21-14 game.

Arizona tried an onside kick instead of trying to force another punt and Peterson ended the game with a tough inside run for just Minnesota’s the second first down of the second half.

Skelton went 25 for 36 for 262 yards and two turnovers.

Harvin just like vs at Detroit a few weeks back, took the opening kickoff and sped through the coverage for a touchdown. It didn’t count, called back by an illegal block penalty on an unnamed player. But a little later, Peterson polished a five-play, 88-yard drive with a classic, two-cut zigzag through the middle for a 13-yard touchdown.

The Vikings will look to get it to 6-2 Thursday, but need more from Ponder, who seems to be going backwards after an early hot start to the season.

On a short week, the Vikings will be at home to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night.

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5 Responses to “Defense Lowers the Boom on Arizona as Vikings Top Cardinals 21-14”

  1. TRUE FAN says:

    58 yards and 2 int’s? Last week, pick 6? Compared to Luck and RG3, he’s not starting quality. Compared to Webb? Apparently the coaches don’t trust Webb down the field. That must be it, because he’s a smart, composed gamer who can break runs with the best in the NFL. With the BEST. Ponder has shown repeatedly he CAN’T be trusted downfield. He can’t make runs. He makes stupid plays repeatedly. Why is he the starter? Because he’s a goldeb boy douche bag and I think it sucks.Come on, Vikings, wake up!!

  2. TRUE FAN says:

    Golden boy douche bag, wanted to be clear about that.

  3. TRUE FAN says:

    Sucked on 3rd down. Without Superman and Mighty mouse, we get killed.

  4. Yella28 says:

    Ponder panics while receivers are open..

  5. purplereign57 says:

    Agreed, Ponder ain’t starting material unless he improves greatly. 8 for 17 for 58 yards is horrible to say the least, but they’re going to stay with him, no doubt about it. It’s just like last night when the St. Louis baseball Cardinals supposed ACE got rocked by the San Francisco Giants for five runs in the first three or four innings, AND THE CARDINALS LEFT HIM IN THERE STILL PITCHING!!! I don’t understand these kinds of people sometimes, I swear. I really thought Ponder was better than that, but all of these INT’s and being scared to throw the ball downfield make me wonder what the Vikings should do next. I said this last week…they got a LONG way to go before they can march into, say, Lambeau field with confidence.Ponder ain’t no Aaron Rodgers by a LOOOONNNG shot. The whole team needs to vastly improve before I’ll have enough confidence in them to beat the likes of Green Bay, Chicago, or, say, the Houston Texans. Beating the 49′ers is beginning to look more and more like a fluke.

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