This is a big one for the Vikings. They look to avoid an 0-2 start in a crucial season as they take on the Cardinals in Arizona on Sunday.
The Vikings will have to find a way to slow down Kyler Murray, who lit up the Titans for five total touchdowns in Week 1. Murray has plenty of weapons in DeAndre Hopkins, Chase Edmonds, Christian Kirk, and others. The Vikings will also need to block Chandler Jones, who had five sacks to kick off the 2021 season.
If the Vikings lose this game, they'll be 0-2 with tough matchups against the Seahawks and Browns at home coming up next. That would be highly difficult to overcome.
Eric Kendricks is active for the Vikings after being questionable with a quad injury. Inactive for Minnesota are Anthony Barr, Christian Darrisaw, Everson Griffen, James Lynch, Kellen Mond, Chazz Surratt, and Harrison Hand.
Sean Mannion and Myles Dorn were elevated to the active roster for this game.
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Final Score: Cardinals 34, Vikings 33
Greg Joseph's 37-yard field goal attempt went wide right as time expired.
Cardinals 34, Vikings 33
4:25 — The Cardinals take a one-point lead on a short field goal, but the Vikings did well to keep them out of the end zone. Minnesota's offense has a chance to control this game and get the lead back. Arizona only has one timeout left.
Vikings 33, Cardinals 31
14:12 — Another lead change. Greg Joseph drilled another 52-yarder to give the Vikings the lead back.
3:29 — Kyler Murray just threw another pick. He tried to go deep to Christian Kirk but the throw was late and Xavier Woods stepped in front for an easy interception. That's a huge play for the Vikings, who need to get points now.
Cardinals 31, Vikings 30
9:11 — Another easy touchdown drive for the Cardinals. They go 75 yard in eight plays and cap it with an A.J. Green touchdown on a screen. The Vikings' tackling has been ugly today.
Vikings 30, Cardinals 24
14:00 — This game continues to be incredible. The Vikings' defense finally gets its turnover, with Nick Vigil going 38 yards for a pick-six. What an addition he's been to this defense, playing an every-down role with Anthony Barr hurt.
Cardinals 24, Vikings 23
0:00 — Matt Prater drills a 62-yard field goal as time expires in the first half because of course he does. Cardinals lead at the half. Both teams put up nearly 300 yards of offense in the first two quarters.
Vikings 23, Cardinals 21
0:25 — Greg Joseph is nails. He drills a 52-yarder to put the Vikings back in front. I'm not sure why Minnesota seemed to play for the field goal, though.
Cardinals 21, Vikings 20
1:33 — The Vikings have played an incredible half of offense and still trail the Cardinals. After a 3rd and short stop, Arizona needs just one play for Kyler Murray to spin out of a sack and find a wide-open Rondale Moore for a 77-yard touchdown. Someone busted the coverage in the Vikings' secondary.
Vikings 20, Cardinals 14
3:15 — After a strange drive in which the Vikings nearly had a turnover multiple times, Kyler Murray and the Cardinals are back within a score. Murray ran it in for the score.
Vikings 20, Cardinals 7
8:56 — So, this is going well for the Vikings. They're doing whatever they want against the Cardinals' defense. Kirk Cousins just threw his third touchdown of the game to a third different receiver — Justin Jefferson this time, his first TD of the season. Cousins also had a career-long 29-yard scramble on that drive. Greg Joseph missed the extra point, though.
14:21 — The Vikings get the ball back thanks to a nice 3rd and 1 run stop by Eric Kendricks. He's so important to their defense.
Vikings 14, Cardinals 7
0:24 — Adam Thielen can't stop scoring touchdowns. His third of the season puts the Vikings back in front to close out the first quarter. Dalvin Cook had 56 yards from scrimmage on the drive. That was perfection from Klint Kubiak and the entire Vikings' offense.
Vikings 7, Cardinals 7
5:49 — The Cardinals have arrived. Kyler Murray is so tough to defend. He led a nine-play, 73-yard drive and capped it with a touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins. Arizona had four plays of at least 14 yards on that drive.
12:55 — The strong start continues for Minnesota, forcing a three-and-out on the Cardinals' opening possession. Two false starts put Arizona in a tough third and long.
Vikings 7, Cardinals 0
14:16 — What a start for the Vikings. Two plays and a 7-0 lead. The Cardinals blew an assignment in the secondary and Kirk Cousins found K.J. Osborn for a 64-yard touchdown. That's a great way to bounce back from last week and open up a highly important ballgame.
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