Three Takeaways From the Arizona Cardinals Loss to the Minnesota Vikings

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Three Takeaways From the Arizona Cardinals Loss to the Minnesota Vikings

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Three Takeaways From the Arizona Cardinals Loss to the Minnesota Vikings

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Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals will keep you watching. It too often ends with fans shaking their head as Kyler Murray can be both a  quarterback who can deliver on all the intangibles, and then miss wildly on plays he should make. The Minnesota Vikings had to hold on to win 34-26 In Minneapolis, keeping a stranglehold on the NFC North. At 6-2 and with back to back road trips beginning in week nine against the Washington Generals and Week 10 in Buffalo against the Bills, the Vikings have an opportunity to create a lot of momentum as they head down the stretch of the 2022 season. 

Murray is the problem in Arizona 

It’s getting to the point in Arizona that it’s not Kliff Kingsbury. It’s not the combination of Kingsbury and Kyler Murray. The single biggest issue facing the Cardinals is their quarterback. His day statistically wasn’t terrible: 31 completions on 44 attempts for 326 yards and three touchdowns. He tempered that with two interceptions for a rating of 95.5%. So goes Murray, so go the Cardinals. They host a scorching hot Seattle Seahawks next Sunday. 

Cousins is showing he is the goods

The Purple People Eaters are the clear leader in the NFC North. At 6-1 overall, 5-1 against the conference, and 3-0 in the division, a new order has emerged as the Green Bay Packers sink into mediocrity. Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has answered a lot of questions about his ability to deliver win’s consistently and get Minnesota beyond a team who could win,  to a team who can win and compete in the playoffs. His Sunday was steady against the Cardinals defense, completing 24 of 36 for 232 yards and two touchdowns. He also did not turn the ball over. Arizona kept it close, but when they scored, the Vikings answered punch for punch.

2022 still presents opportunity for both teams 

The Minnesota Vikings won’t just be in the playoffs, but will be in the mix for an NFC Championship and even a team more than capable of getting to Glendale for the Super Bowl. If not for the Philadelphia Eagles, their glide-path to a championship would increase tenfold. For the Cardinals, they sit at the bottom of the NFC West at 3-5 overall and 0-2 in the division. But 0-2 in a conference that has a vulnerable and fading Rams team, the window for Arizona remains open, if only by the smallest of fractions.

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