The Minnesota Vikings will take on the Arizona Cardinals, who played near perfect in their preseason opener against the Houston Texans.
The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Oakland Raiders in a low-scoring preseason opener, and they will look to go 2-0 against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday.
Matt Cassel distanced himself in the quarterback competition by completing all but one of his passes while Teddy Bridgewater completed less than half of his passes for a measly 49 yards. Bridgewater will look to validate the fans’ desire for him to win the starting job.
Rookie running back Jerick McKinnon received the lion’s share of carries and rushed for 45 yards on 12 carries.
Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson caught three passes for 38 yards to lead the team in receiving, and he will look to keep establishing himself as a primary weapon.
Rookie outside linebacker Anthony Barr made some noise in his preseason debut by posting half a sack.
The Cardinals had nearly flawless play from all three of their quarterbacks: Carson Palmer, Logan Thomas and Drew Stanton. Palmer even had a perfect passer rating in his performance.
Rookie wide receiver John Brown also shined in his debut, catching five passes for 87 yards.
On defense, defensive end John Abraham will make his return after being arrested for a DUI. His presence will boost the pass rush as the Cardinals defense looks to maintain its high level of play.