The Vikings’ Week 13 loss to the Cardinals had their fans wondering how the team would respond after seemingly being exposed. Answer? With a dominating defensive performance. SBN’s Daily Norseman breaks it down:
defense deserves a huge amount of the credit. One unforgettable scene from today’s game: Antoine Winfield dropping what should have been an intercepted pass, and proceeding to do several push-ups between his drop and the next play. Good to have you back, Toine. The man’s presence was felt in a big way, as Carson Palmer only managed 94 yards on 25 pass attempts. Chad Ochocinco got into the endzone in the second quarter to bring the Bengals within a field goal, but as far as offensive highlights go, there weren’t many for Cincy beyond Ocho’s 15-yard score.
Sure, Cedric Benson put up some impressive numbers — 16 carries for 96 yards — but nearly half of those yards came on a single carry, and for the most part, the rush defense was solid. All told, the Bengals could only manage 210 yards of total offense, while getting flagged 11 times for 85 yards.