The Vikes went to the desert to play the Cardinals; they came out of the desert with a victory. Tarvaris Jackson started in the place of injured Gus Frerotte. Jackson has been sideline since after the Week 2 loss to the Colt and came in late in the 1st half last week. Jackson did not throw all that much but when he did he made it count he was 11-17 163 yards 4 TOUCHDOWNS and 0 INTS. Jackson has shown his ability the throw the deep ball accurately now. If Jackson can continue to play like this, he gives the Vikes the best chance to win.
Adrian Peterson had a great day all day against the Cardinals, went through the defense for 165 yards on 28 hand offs, but no touchdowns. He ripped through the defense with ease and is now in possession of the Viking single season rushing mark with 1581 rushing yards for the season. Peterson keeps the running game steaming ahead with him and Taylor rushing over 200 yards for the game.
Bernard Berrian had 2 huge plays in the game. That is all he needed to do some damage on the scoreboard. The first time was an 82 yard punt return for a touchdown and the other was a 41 yard touchdown bomb from Jackson both happened in the first quarter.
On the other side of the ball the Vikes pummeled Kurt Warner did not give him a chance to breathe in the pocket. Warner was seeing Purple surrounding him most of the game. This is a reason why the number 2 pass offense passed for 270 yards 1 TD(50 yard pass) and 1 INT. The secondary did an excellent job in coverage and tacking receivers when they did catch the ball. Most of the passes were short and not the usual long deep killers that the Cards are accustomed to completing. The Vikes took away the Cardinal identity in this game not allowing Warner to get comfortable in the pocket.
With the 35-14 victory the magic number is one for the Vikes to make the postseason. In the next two games the Vikes have to either win one game or the Bears lose a game for it to happen.