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Cardinals vs. Vikings: Adrian Peterson leads Minnesota to the win

The Vikings got a big performance from Adrian Peterson and the defense to beat the Cardinals

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Adrian Peterson carries Vikings' offense

The Minnesota Vikings improved to 5-2 with a 21-14 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, thanks in part to a big day from running back Adrian Peterson. While the Vikings' offense managed just 209 total yards as a whole, Peterson accounted for 153 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown. After the game, Christopher Gates of SB Nation's Daily Norseman praised the running back's effort:

I would be crazy to not mention Adrian Peterson's performance in this one. Anyone that's still wondering if the man is back or not needs to look no further than his performance this afternoon. AD put up 22 carries for 153 yards (right around seven yards per carry), and found the end zone for the first time in five games. He's not human. Can't be.

Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder was limited to 58 yards passing and threw two interceptions. The offense got some help from the defense, which accounted for seven sacks and also returned an interception for a touchdown. That defensive score ended up being the difference in the game for Minnesota.

Peterson now has 652 yards rushing on the season, with an average of 4.8 yards per carry. He has only found the end zone three times, but he is well on pace for another 1,000-yard rushing season.


Arizona Cardinals continue to struggle

The Arizona Cardinals dropped their third-straight game, falling 21-14 to the Minnesota Vikings on the road on Sunday afternoon.

After beginning the season with a perfect 4-0 record, Arizona has struggled of late and squashed some of the optimism that fans gained in early September, according to Revenge of the Birds:

Three weeks ago, this may have been a game Cardinals fans were confident about, but now, the team has inspired little hope among fans.

Maybe they'll be able to pull out the win. But for now, all eyes will again be on the QB's.

Cardinals quarterback John Skelton had trouble generating drives for the offense in his fill-in start for Kevin Kolb, who is dealing with a rib injury. Skelton tossed for 262 yards and connected on a touchdown with receiver Andre Roberts late in the fourth quarter, but also threw a pick-six and lost a fumble. There was little time afforded for Skelton in the pocket, however, as he was sacked seven times, "showing once again that the team's biggest weakness is the offensive-line."

On the defensive side of the ball, the Cardinals could not stop Adrian Peterson. The Vikings running back totaled 153 rushing yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Arizona was stout against the passing game though, allowing only 58 yards to quarterback Christian Ponder.

The loss drops Arizona one game behind the San Fransisco 49ers for first place in the NFC West.


Vikings run by Cardinals 21-14

Needing a huge performance from their star running back, the Minnesota Vikings got it as Adrian Peterson lead the way in a 21-14 win.


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Vikings try to hand Cardinals third straight loss

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