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Cardinals Can’t Stop Vikings Defense, Fold 21-14 in Minnesota

The Cardinals once promising 2012 season is now in a free-fall, this following another setback, 21-14 to the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday afternoon.

The Minnesota defense stopped the Cardinals most of the day, as John Skelton never got into much of a rhythm as the Cards were outplayed by the Vikings D.

Skelton was pounded, getting sacked seven times. Antoine Winfield delivered a jarring stop on fourth-and-1 at the Minnesota 17 midway through the third quarter. With 6:16 left on fourth-and-10, Skelton was taken down near midfield.

Skelton got the Cards within seven as he hit Andre Roberts for a 6-yard scoring pass with 1:48 left to make it a 21-14 game, but the Cards D couldn’t stop Adrian Peterson, and Minnesota ran out the clock.

The Cards QB, who got the start for the injured Kevin Kolb, completed 25-of-36 throws for 262 yards and an interception for Arizona, which lost its third straight game after winning its first four.

“I don’t think anyone is packing it in, no one is ready to call it a season,” said Skelton. “We’re going to get back to our winning ways, starting with San Francisco this week. It will be another dog fight with an NFC West opponent but we just have to be ready for it.”

Vikings WR/KR Percy Harvin just like vs at Detroit a few weeks back, took the opening kickoff and sped through the coverage for a touchdown. It didn’t count, called back by an illegal block penalty on an unnamed player. But a little later, Peterson polished a five-play, 88-yard drive with a classic, two-cut zigzag through the middle for a 13-yard touchdown.

Peterson led the ground game for the Vikings, rushing for 153 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. The rest of the offense wasn’t very good, as QB Christian Ponder was just 8 for 17 for 58 yards and two interceptions, but Arizona couldn’t cash in.

Arizona has a huge game next Monday night now at 4-3, as they will host the San Francisco 49ers.

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