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Cards were coming off their first win (over SF) but might view this Sunday game vs. Vikes as a "sandwich game" before they host Denver this Thursday night.
Fading Cards Lose to Minny 27 - 17
The Bottom Line:
The Cardinals played the Vikings pretty flat-out even for the first two quarters only to once again 'getting caught in quicksand" in the infamous 3rd quarter and then running out of steam to make a comeback in the 4th.
The team and the league are having trouble integrating game log information with the new Team and League web pages, so we'll have to skip this for now. (Credit to the Cards for trying but all they gave us were play by play logs for part of the 4th quarter
- Dawson - 26 Yd FG Cards 3 - Vikings 0.
- Murray - 21 yd run Vikings 7 - Cards 3
- Bailey - 37 yd FG Vikings 10 - Cards 3
Thielen - 13 yd pass from Cousins Vikings 20 - Cards 10
Cousins - 7 yard run Vikings 27 - Cards 10
- Third Quarter Score: Vikings 27 - Cards 10
D Johnson - 1 yd run Vikings 27 - Cards 17
Final Score: Vikings 27 - Cards 17
Notable Game Stats.
Total Net Yards - Ari 269........Min 411
Penalties - Ari 5....Min 9
T of Poss - Ari 25:45 - Min 34:15
Passing - Rosen - 21 of 31 for 240 yds, 0 TD's, 1 Int
Rushing - Johnson - 18 for 55 & 1 TD
Receiving - Kirk 6 for 77 yds, Seals-Jones 5 for 69, Fitz 5 for 39.
No defensive game stats avalable from Cardinal web site.
Passing - Rosen - 50 for 90 626 yds 55.6%, 7.0 YPA, 2 TD's...Rating: 75.6
Rushing - D Johnson - 92 for 297, 3.23 PYC, 5 TD
Receiving - KIrk 25 for 311, Fitz 22 for 215
Tackles - Baker 57, Bethea 53, Bynes 51
Interceptions - Boston 3, Peterson and Benwikere - 1 apiece
- Playmaking (Pass rushing, strip sacks, fumble recoveries)
- Each week, we inch closer to respectability
- We played a very good FB team even-up n for 2 quarters
The Dark Side
Can't run the football
Can't consistently stop the run
3rd down conversions - offense
3rd down conversions - defense
Johnson lacked appropriaate paranoia and turned over the football running inside.
To many scoring/field position opportunities squandered
"3rd quarter blues"
We need more consistency and "can-do" from Rosen in clutch situations.
Breakdowns in execution appear to have less to do with effort or "jump" and more with poor technique (which translates into poor or inconsistent execution. Just a guess, but - it all comes down to coaches coaching players.