The Vikings will be going against a team that tends to turn the ball over and tends to get behind early. Get keys to the game and notes from both sides.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(5-2) at Atlanta Falcons
New York Jets
(5-2) at Detroit Lions
San Diego Chargers
(3-5) at Houston Texans
(4-3) vs. Buffalo Bills
New England Patriots
(6-1) at Cleveland Browns
(4-3) at Baltimore Ravens
(3-4) at Minnesota Vikings
New Orleans Saints
(5-3) at Carolina Panthers
New York Giants
(5-2) at Seattle Seahawks
(5-2) at Philadelphia Eagles
Kansas City Chiefs
(5-2) at Oakland Raiders
(1-6) at Green Bay Packers
(5-2) at Cincinnati Bengals
Arizona Cardinals (3-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-5)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET
TV: FOX, Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
KEYS TO THE GAME
Arizona must eliminate turnovers to find the consistency it seeks. With 23 turnovers in seven games, the Cardinals can play themselves into a deficit quickly — they also have a meager 17 first-quarter points all season. If RB Beanie Wells
(knee) is limited, a diet of short and safe throws should be the order for QB Derek Anderson
, who has his starting job back from ineffective rookie Max Hall
Vikings QB Brett Favre
expects to play despite an injured ankle and eight stitches in his chin. Sans Randy Moss
, expect Favre to spread the ball around, but Minnesota needs another wideout to emerge opposite Percy Harvin
, who is most dangerous out of the slot. RB Adrian Peterson
leads the NFL in rushing and faces Arizona's 29th-ranked run defense.
Minnesota was won six of the past eight in the series.
Arizona has lost consecutive games for the first time since December 2008.
QB Brett Favre is close to assuming sole possession of second place in team history for the most passing touchdowns in the first two years on the team. Favre is tied with Randall Cunningham and Fran Tarkenton for second place with 40 passing touchdowns as a Viking. Warren Moon holds the team record with 51 passing touchdowns in his first two years in Minnesota.
QB Tarvaris Jackson threw for a career-high four touchdown passes and had a passer rating of 135.5 as he led the Vikings to a 35-14 victory over the Cardinals on Dec. 14, 2008. Jackson's performance earned him NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
DT Kevin Williams had a career-high 10 tackles, three sacks, intercepted the first pass of his career and forced a fumble in the final game of his rookie season on Dec. 28, 2003 against Arizona.
The Vikings suffered one of the most difficult regular-season losses in franchise history on that same date as Arizona knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs with a last-second 28-yard touchdown pass from Josh McCown to Nate Poole.
WR Percy Harvin is the first Vikings player to reach 1,000 combined net yards in the first seven games twice in a career.
E.J. Henderson became only the eighth linebacker in Vikings history to play in 100 games when he started last Sunday at New England.
RB Adrian Peterson needs one touchdown to move into ninth place in NFL history for the most rushing TDs in his first four NFL seasons. Peterson is tied for 10th with 46 career touchdowns and trails Larry Johnson (47).
The Vikings game a week from Sunday at Chicago is scheduled to start a noon. What's the big deal? Well, the Vikings have played nine consecutive road games without a noon start.
QB Derek Anderson admitted he put too much pressure on himself during his month as a starter. Now that he's back in that role, he wants the game to be fun again. "It's something I've always done, when I was a kid. I obviously didn't understand the scale, how big it was until I got here (the NFL). It was more of a game to me, more of going out and having fun with my buddies.
"That's what I'm trying to get back to doing, understanding it's just a game and approaching every down that way."
RB Tim Hightower and most of his teammates have not weighed in on their quarterback preference, if they have one. "I'm pretty sure it makes it a lot smoother for everybody when you know who your guy is," Hightower said, "when you take a guy and roll with it. But either way, we got to play with somebody and we have to keep him off the ground and give him an opportunity to throw the football."
Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes was smiling on Monday when he heard the Vikings had released receiver Randy Moss. "Hey, I'm happy," said Rhodes. The Cardinals play the Vikings Sunday, and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said he was looking forward to defending Moss.
The Cardinals have lost consecutive games for the first time since December of 2008. Before last week's loss to Tampa Bay, they had won nine straight after defeats.
The Cardinals have not won in Minnesota since 1977. They have lost their last five games there, including a playoff game in the 1998 season.