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Initial Reactions: Cardinals vs. Vikings 11.7.10

November 8, 2010

The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-24 at Mall of America Field on Sunday.

The Good:

Greg Camarillo. His heads up strip of the ball that saved an early touchdown certainly came in handy when the offense came alive in the fourth quarter. The fifth-year receiver out of Stanford also looked good on punt returns adding 86 yards on 7 returns to his 66 receiving yards.

Adrian Peterson. All Day continues to make a strong case for the best running back in the NFL. Despite only touching the ball 19 times, he managed 144 total yards from scrimmage and 2 touchdowns.

Bernard Berrian. After a disappointing start to the season, Berrian had 9 catches for 89 yards including a crucial 27-yard catch in overtime that helped set up Ryan Longwell’s game-winning field goal.

Percy Harvin. He hauled in 9 Brett Favre passes for 126 yards, despite barely being able to walk all week with a sprained ankle. The former Florida Gator’s toughness and talent were on display all afternoon.

The End of the Game. Brett Favre and the offense found a rhythm late in the game and the defense stepped up when necessary. In the final four minutes of regulation, the Vikings looked like last season’s team. The offense was scoring at will, and the defense smothered the opposition.

Chris Kluwe. You can never underestimate special teams, and when your offense is struggling it helps to have a punter like Kluwe. Kluwe booted 4 punts on the day and landed every single one inside the 20-yard line.

The Bad:

Short Yardage Situations. A team with Adrian Peterson in the backfield should not struggle to gain a yard when needed. Twice in short yardage situations the Vikings chose to run to the right and failed. Once with Toby Gerhart and once with Adrian Peterson.

The First Three and a Half Quarters. The Vikings had anything and everything go wrong for three and a half quarters. Credit the Vikings for finding a way to win this game, but against a better team, the Vikings aren’t even in a position to make a comeback.

Overall:

The Vikings got a much needed win this week. After a week of turmoil and distraction, this team focused on the task at hand and pulled out an important win for themselves and their coach. With all the talent on this team and the return of Sidney Rice in the near future, this season is anything but lost. There are no certainties in the NFL, and if this team can string a few wins together, they will find themselves right back in the playoff hunt come December.

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