Arizona Cardinals vs Minnesota Vikings

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Cardinals insider Bob McManaman provides a fast recap from Sunday’s sport between the Cardinals and the Vikings.
Fast recap: The Cardinals stored it shut within the first half, however the Vikings pulled away as Kirk Cousins threw for a landing, ran for an additional, and huge receiver Adam Thielen torched Arizona’s secondary all afternoon throughout Minnesota’s 27-17 victory on Sunday at U.S. Financial institution Stadium.
With the loss, the Cardinals fell to 1-5 on the season. It’s the seventh time of their Arizona historical past that they’ve opened a 12 months at 1-5 and the primary time since 2011, after they began out 1-6.
Cousins accomplished 24 of 34 passes for 233 yards and he was intercepted as soon as. Operating again Latavius Murray, getting the beginning for injured Dalvin Prepare dinner (hamstring), rushed 24 occasions for a career-high 155 yards, together with a 21-yard landing within the first quarter. Murray entered the sport with 106 complete dashing yards.
Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen was 21 of 31 for 240 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. He was additionally sacked 4 occasions for 32 yards. Operating again David Johnson was held to 55 yards on 18 carries. Larry Fitzgerald completed with 5 receptions for 39 yards.
Turning levelMain 13-10, the Vikings took the second-half kickoff and drove 75 yards on 10 performs with Cousins hitting Thielen ultimately zone for a 13-yard landing strike. The five-minute drive appeared to interrupt the Cardinals’ spirits, as they allowed one other landing proper afterward.
Star of the sportThielen turned the primary receiver in NFL historical past since 1961 to have 100 or extra receiving yards in every of his first six video games to begin a season. He caught 11 passes for 123 yards on Sunday to associate with his landing. He additionally set a group document Sunday for probably the most yards gained by any participant by means of his first six video games of a season.
Key accidents: Left guard Mike Iupati left the sport late within the first half with a again harm and didn't return. He was changed by Jeremy Vujnovich, who needed to go away within the fourth quarter due to a hamstring harm. Sort out John Wetzel changed him. The Cardinals additionally misplaced beginning proper guard Justin Pugh to a left hand harm within the fourth quarter. He was changed by Daniel Munyer.
Up subsequentThe Cardinals return dwelling to State Farm Stadium on a brief week to host the Denver Broncos on Thursday evening. Kickoff is at 5:20 p.m. and the sport might be broadcast on Ch. 10 and NFL Community.

Somers' fast take

The Cardinals suspended drilling operations every week in the past lengthy sufficient to beat the 49ers. For 3 quarters on Sunday, they resumed their quest to succeed in all-time low. By the point they confirmed curiosity in competing within the fourth quarter, the Cardinals trailed the Vikings by 17 factors. Quarterback Josh Rosen acquired scorching within the fourth quarter because the Cardinals found that throwing the ball to Larry Fitzgerald is a good suggestion.
That helped make issues fascinating, however the Vikings prevailed, 27-17.
The Cardinals can say they didn’t surrender, and that seemed to be true. Nevertheless it’s additionally the minimal required athletes.
This group isn’t bettering. The issues in Week 1 have been nonetheless issues in Week 6: blocking, tackling, working, psychological errors. That’s an indictment of the gamers and the coaches.
About the one people who find themselves innocent for Sunday’s loss have been punter Andy Lee, who continues to play nicely, and perhaps the gear staff. They packed all the things tangible, however coronary heart and fervour have been left again in Arizona.
The Cardinals protection did an honest job within the first half, together with returning a fumble for a landing. Nevertheless it collapsed once more within the third quarter, maybe as a result of gamers have been so discouraged by the group’s lack of offense.
The Vikings led 13-10 at halftime and scored two touchdowns within the third quarter to interrupt the sport open. The Cardinals have been outscored 42-Zero within the third quarters this 12 months, which suggests Steve Wilks and his employees don't have any clue the right way to alter or encourage at intermission.
All can agree that the Cardinals are a foul group. The one debate, perhaps, is that if they higher resemble a practice wreck or a dumpster fireplace. Each clichés match.

Going backward

The Cardinals had the ball in Vikings territory, however a false begin, a sack and a adverse display screen go set them again to their very own 42-yard line, they usually have been pressured to punt on fourth-and-25 with three:14 left within the sport.

Comeback path

The Cardinals' protection did its job to again up the offense, and the hope of a comeback stays alive.
The Vikings punted after a three-and-out with 5:25 remaining, giving the Cardinals the ball at their very own 38-yard line
Josh Rosen led the Cardinals on their greatest drive of the sport, going 69 yards in seven performs to chop the Vikings' result in 27-17 with a 1-yard landing run by David Johnson.
With 6:57 remaining within the sport, the Cardinals have hope however will want a few defensive stops.

Finish three: Vikings 27, Cardinals 10

Josh Rosen was intercepted on a third-down go, giving the Vikings the ball at their very own 47-yard line with three:05 remaining within the third quarter.
However the Cardinals' protection pressured a three-and-out with one more batted go on the line, protecting Arizona's hopes alive because the third quarter got here to an finish.
The Cardinals are the one group within the NFL this season to not rating within the third quarter.

Operating away

This one might get out of hand quick.
Latavius Murray had the Vikings' longest run play of the season with a 34-yard burst, and Kirk Cousins ran 7 yards for a landing to place Minnesota on prime 27-10 with 6:37 left within the third.
Murray has 107 yards on simply 15 carries. 

Feeling stress

Josh Rosen was sacked on the 1-yard line to cap one other three-and-out for the Cardinals' offense, and the safety probably will not get higher. Beginning guard Mike Iupati was dominated out for the remainder of the sport with a again harm.
The Vikings took over on the Arizona 43-yard line following the sack, threatening to drag away.

Thielen it

It was the Adam Thielen present for the Vikings to open the second half.
Thielen made a diving catch on a third-and-13 to maintain the drive alive, then hauled in a 13-yard landing to finish it, placing Minnesota on prime 20-10 with 10:06 remaining within the third quarter.
Thielen already has 10 catches for 114 yards and that rating

Halftime: Vikings 13, Cardinals 10

Dan Bailey related on a 48-yard area objective, giving the Vikings a 13-10 lead at halftime.
The Cardinals have simply 113 yards of complete offense and three first downs. Josh Rosen is 7-of-12 for 103 yards, David Johnson has 24 yards on 9 carries and Christian Kirk has 4 catches for 56 yards. 
Corey Peters has two sacks to steer the protection, whereas Chandler Jones has a strip sack that was recovered by Budda Baker for the group's lone landing.

Protection scores once more

Budda Baker scooped up a Kirk Cousins fumble and ran it 36 yards for a landing, tying the sport at 10 with four:13 left within the first half. Chandler Jones pressured the ball free with the strip sack. 
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