Vikings Flashback: Minnesota puts the heat on the Cardinals in 2008

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Tarvaris Jackson
(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) Tarvaris Jackson /

The 0-1 Minnesota Vikings are headed to State Farm Stadium to face the 1-0 Arizona Cardinals.

Minnesota is coming off a disappointing overtime loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, while Arizona had an impressive win over the Tennessee Titans.

Minnesota is 17-11 all-time against Arizona but has not won there since 2008. Their last two trips to play the Cardinals in their house resulted in losses.

This could be a tough game for the Vikings to win, but they were also expected to win last week. Maybe they will pull off a shocking victory. One thing is for certain, they cannot afford to be 0-2 with a tough schedule ahead.

Minnesota Vikings demolished the Arizona Cardinals in the desert back in 2008

The last time Minnesota won in Arizona was in 2008. The final score of that game was 35-14.

For Minnesota, quarterback Tarvaris Jackson completed 11 out of 17 passes for 163 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 165 yards on 28 carries. Wide receiver Bernard Berrian caught a 41-yard touchdown and returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown. Defensive end Jared Allen recorded two sacks. Linebacker Chad Greenway had a sack and a team-high seven tackles.

For Arizona, Kurt Warner completed 29 out of 45 passes for 270 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Minneapolis native Larry Fitzgerald had five receptions for 53 yards. Jerheme Urban had three receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown. Antrel Rolle had a game-high 10 tackles.

With the win over Arizona, Minnesota improved their record to 9-5. Arizona fell to 8-6. Minnesota finished the season at 10-6 and won their division for the first time since 2000. They lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round, while Arizona advanced to the Super Bowl and nearly won it.