Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals: Week 14 game review

5 of 5

Dec 10, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) throws during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Overall Impressions

I’m not sure how to feel about this game. On one hand, losing sucks. Especially losing close games. But I’m extremely proud of the injury depleted Minnesota Vikings team coming into Arizona on a short week and putting on a performance that shows that they belong in the NFL playoff picture.

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The Vikings made a horrible decision in my opinion on trying a play at the end of the game instead of kicking the field goal. They wouldn’t even be in this position if not for two other fumbles earlier in the game. The fact that Minnesota can take this loss, have a long week to get healthy and take on the Chicago Bears at home.

I’m not saying that losing this game is okay. It’s not. Losing sucks. It will always suck. But you have to be happy with what you’ve seen from each and every player on this Minnesota Vikings roster for stepping up against one of the best teams in the NFL (and maybe this year’s NFL MVP) and going blow-for-blow with them until the closing seconds.

With a long week ahead of them now, focus will turn to the Bears, who are no slouches at all. In a division match-up looming and the Vikings on a two-game losing streak, Minnesota will need to turn things around if they want to be a playoff team this year. And from what I’ve seen on the field tonight, they deserve to be there.

And I’ll be back next week to talk about that game.  SKOL!