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article imageNFL: Viking get first win with victory over Cardinals 34-10

By Austin Tyler     Oct 10, 2011 in Sports
Minneapolis - The issue with the Minnesota Vikings was they could not keep the lead once they got it, but today they kept it and held it to the end. Both teams are struggling though as both teams are riding losing streaks coming into today's game.
The Minnesota Vikings (1-4) hosted the Arizona Cardinals (1-4) for a Week 5 matchup that put two struggling teams against one another. The Cardinals fans have been angry with Kevin Kolb and his play while Adrian Peterson has had troubles running the ball in the second half. The Viking wasted no time as they got him the ball early in the game as he scored three touchdowns in the first quarter.
Arizona got the ball to open the game and went three and out punting the ball to the Vikings who also went three and out. The Cardinals struggled on their next possession as the punted the ball away again. The Vikings got their offense going as they got going with Peterson (29 carries, 122 yards, 3 TD’s) who ran the ball the whole drive. Peterson then ran the ball from 4-yards out to score a touchdown and give them a 7-0 lead.
On the Cardinals ensuing drive, Kevin Kolb (21/42, 232 yards, 2 Int’s) threw his first interception of the game. On the first play of the drive Asher Allen picked off the Kolb pass and gave the Vikings great field position. Minnesota took advantage of it as on their first play Peterson broke for a 24-yard run to give them a 14-0 lead.
The Cardinals got the ball after the kickoff, but did not have it long as Kolb was sacked by Brian Robison and forced to fumble. Jared Allen recovered the ball for the Vikings giving them great field position again.
The Vikings offense took advantage of the turnover again as Donovan McNabb (10/21, 169 yards) hit Visanthe Shiancoe with his only catch of the game for 20-yards. McNabb then (4 carries, 4 yards, 1 TD) scrambled for a touchdown as he busted up the middle for a 4-yard run. With 6:25 left in the first quarter the Vikings has a quick 21-0 lead.
Arizona’s offense continued to struggle as they punted the ball away again after going three and out. Minnesota took over and McNabb hit Devin Aromashodu (2 receptions, 81 yards) with a 21-yard pass to get them in scoring position. Peterson then did his thing again as he broke up the middle for a 14-yard run. The touchdown by Peterson made it a 28-0 lead and forced Darnell Dockett to have an inspiring conversation with his defense.
With 13:54 to go in the second quarter the Cardinals finally got their offense moving as they went 20-yards after a Minnesota punt. Chris Wells (20 carries, 60 yards, 1 TD) tried to get the offense moving as he started the drive with a 4-yard run. Kolb moved the ball a little after that, but still had to settle for a field-goal. Jay Feely came on and made 51-yard field-goal finally put the Cardinals on the board 28-3.
Minnesota opened the second half with the ball and used the running game to get the drive going with Lorenzo Booker breaking his only run of the day for 25-yards. Later McNabb hit Michael Jenkins (4 receptions, 32 yards) with a pass but he fumbled it and the Cardinals recovered. Clark Haggans forced the fumble and Rashad Johnson recovered it for the Cardinals.
Arizona finally was able to actually keep a drive going as they moved the ball 52-yards. Kolb connected mostly with Early Doucet (8 receptions, 92 yards) during the drive till he hit Larry Fitzgerald (4 receptions, 66 yards) 22-yard pass to get them on the MIN 2-yardline. Wells then finished the drive with a 2-yard run to make it 28-10.
On the ensuing drive the Vikings moved the ball 82-yards as they got into scoring position. McNabb hit Jenkins to start the drive, but the bulk of the yards came on a pass to Aromashodu who caught a 60-yard pass. The drive then staled and they had to settle for a Ryan Longwell field-goal. The 26-yard field-goal made it a 31-10 Minnesota lead with 3:35 to go in the third quarter.
The Cardinals tried to get the offense moving, but they came up empty as Wells was stopped on a fourth and one play. The Vikings took over and tried to take advantage of the turnover, but they could not keep the drive going and had to settle for a field-goal. Longwell came on to kick a 43-yard field-goal, but it was not good as it went wide left.
Both offenses began to struggle as neither one could move the ball and then with 7:04 left in the game Kolb threw another interception. Jamarca Sanford intercepted the pass and gave the Vikings the ball right back. Minnesota tried to run Peterson, but he could not break so they settled for another field-goal. Longwell made a 53-yard field-goal which made it a 34-10 lead.
Arizona brought in Richard Bartel (2/6, 22 yards, 1 Int) to replace Kolb, but he could not do much either. He made a few passes to move them 29-yards before he was picked off by Sanford who got his second interception of the game. McNabb took two knees to end the game as he got his first victory with Vikings.
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