Vikings-Cardinals Snapshot

Get the series history, team rankings, keys to the game and fast facts as the Vikings and Cardinals go in desperate search of a win.

Sunday
Arizona Cardinals (2-8) at Minnesota Vikings (4-6)
Carolina Panthers (6-4) at Washington Redskins (3-7)
Cincinnati Bengals (5-5) at Cleveland Browns (3-7)
Houston Texans (3-7) at New York Jets (5-5)
Jacksonville Jaguars (6-4) at Buffalo Bills (4-6)
New Orleans Saints (6-4) at Atlanta Falcons (6-4)
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-6) at Baltimore Ravens (8-2)
San Francisco 49ers (5-5) at St. Louis Rams (4-6)
Oakland Raiders (2-8) at San Diego Chargers (8-2)
Chicago Bears (9-1) at New England Patriots (7-3)
New York Giants (6-4) at Tennessee Titans (3-7)
Philadelphia Eagles (5-5) at Indianapolis Colts (9-1)
Monday
Green Bay Packers (4-6) at Seattle Seahawks (6-4)

Arizona Cardinals (2-8) at Minnesota Vikings (4-6)
KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 11/26/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Matt Vasgersian, JC Pearson

SERIES

20th meeting. The Vikings lead the series 10-9. That includes playoff victories by Minnesota in 1974 and 1998. The Vikings won the 1974 Divisional playoff game, 30-14, and then beat the Los Angeles Rams the following week in the NFC Championship game to advance to Super Bowl IX against Pittsburgh in New Orleans' Tulane Stadium.

2006 RANKINGS

Cardinals: offense 28th (32nd rush, 15th pass); defense 26th (18th rush, 27th pass). Vikings: offense 16th (17th rush, 14th pass); defense 7th (1st rush, 26th pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME

The Cardinals' offense was clearly more effective with RB Edgerrin James involved in a more balanced attack last weekend. But recreating that success will be difficult against the league's top-ranked run defense.

Then again, it's not always necessary to run against Minnesota with the Vikings allowing 227.2 yards per game through the air. QB Matt Leinart was more comfortable with help from James, but he'll likely be asked to spread the ball around in three- and four-receiver sets in Minnesota.

Meanwhile, the Vikings come in needing to improve everything offensively — from QB Brad Johnson's decision-making to the receivers hanging onto the ball to coach Brad Childress' play-calling. With the Cardinals soft against the run, expect to see plenty of RB Chester Taylor early on to help create more manageable passing situations.

FAST FACTS

Cardinals: Dennis Green will coach in the Metrodome for the first time since being fired as Minnesota's coach with one game remaining in 2001. ... WR Anquan Boldin's 89.6 receiving yards per game since 2005 is third-best in the NFL.

Vikings: Johnson is 5-0 in his career against Arizona. ... Taylor needs 137 rushing yards for his first 1,000-yard season.


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