Vikings’ defense and special teams – WINNER
Let’s be honest, the Vikings would not be 6-4 without the success of their stout defense and explosive special teams. We saw that in the game against the Cardinals. When it seemed as if momentum was shifting towards Arizona, the defense and special teams of Minnesota stepped up in a big way.
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The Vikings had 4 sacks, 2 interceptions and 2 touchdowns by their defense and special teams.
Minnesota’s offense looked efficient and had no trouble moving the ball against the Cardinals, but the defense and special teams are the reason the Vikings beat the Cardinals.
A 100-yard interception returned for touchdown by Xavier Rhodes and a 104-yard kick return for touchdown by Cordarrelle Patterson ignited the Vikings and helped them come out victorious. That wasn’t all the Vikings’ defense and special teams produced, though.
The Vikings’ front 7 was extremely strong today. They hit Carson Palmer 23 times and finished with 4 sacks. Their excessive pass rush also forced erratic passes by Palmer that were intercepted. If the Vikings want to continue to win games, they would love this kind of production from their defense and special teams.
Those are the winners and losers for the Minnesota Vikings in their matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, but let’s be honest, the biggest winner of the day is the Vikings as a whole. This was a huge victory for the Vikes and puts us right back in the playoff hunt. Let’s keep it up Vikes!