10 quick thoughts on the Vikings win over the Cardinals in Week 8

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It was a group effort as the Minnesota Vikings held on to defeat the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday in their Week 8 showdown.

Even though their opponent gave them plenty of trouble at times on Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings were able to come away with a victory in their Week 8 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

With the win, the Vikings improved their record to 6-1, a start that the franchise hasn’t had since the 2009 season when they went to the NFC Championship.

We’ll share a more detailed analysis of Sunday’s result in the future, but for now, what are some of the quick thoughts from Minnesota’s 34-26 victory over the Cardinals?

Rapid thoughts on the Vikings win over the Cardinals

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Minnesota runs over a good Arizona defenseEntering Sunday, the Cardinals were performing well against the run this season, as they ranked seventh in the NFL in rushing yards allowed and 12th in rushing yards allowed per attempt through Week 7.

That meant nothing to the Vikings, who went on to basically do whatever they wanted when it came to running the ball on Sunday. Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook rushed for 111 yards, Alexander Mattison pitched in with another 40 on the ground, and the team wound up with a total of 173 rushing yards against Arizona.

Tomlinson leaves game early: In the middle of an impressive season, Vikings defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson left Sunday’s game in the second half with a calf injury. Tomlinson didn’t return, and this will definitely be something to keep an eye on, as he has arguably been Minnesota’s best defensive player this year.