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Final Grade: C+
LaRod Stephens-Howling was the star of the offense all afternoon. He carried the ball 20 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. He added four receptions for 45 yards—his 149 yards from scrimmage are a career high.
Andre Roberts came to play as well, finishing quietly with seven receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Rob Housler had five receptions for 54 yards, both career highs as well.
But that offensive line…Something needs to be done about the line. Former Chicago Bears tackle Chris Williams was in for a visit last week; he needs to be at practice Tuesday.
Fourth Quarter: F
LaRod Stephens-Howling was the lone bright spot again, surpassing 100 yards rushing during the quarter. There was no passing attack, however. Skelton completed passes, but the yards were not available.
The line failed Skelton again, getting to the quarterback on a key fourth-down play to try and extend a drive late in the game. Skelton went down three times during the quarter—six times for the game.
Third Quarter: D
Arizona is getting creative, but it is not doing anything in the way of points on the board. The pick-six set them back, but they are still moving the ball on long drives. These long drives must start ending in six points.
Missed field goals will not do.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt believes in that as well, as he went for it on fourth down well in Feely’s range, but the play did not develop. They turned it over on downs.
The Vikings’ defense is tightening up, so opportunities are getting slimmer.
Second Quarter: C
Offensive line. It is a problem, and it continues to stop drives in their tracks. Robison is handily beating Massie; he has both Vikings sacks today and has four in the past two games against the Cardinals.
The offense was able to take advantage of a short field following a Paris Lenon interception, punching it in from three yards out on a Stephens-Howling run. LSH has 12 carries for 42 yards and the touchdown.
First Quarter: C+
Arizona’s first drive was a dud, as they went three-and-out. But the second drive used a nice mix of run and pass, and they were able to move down the field. A sack/strip from Robison of Skelton, however, ended the drive prematurely. Offensive line woes rear their ugly head once again.
LaRod Stephens-Howling, who received his second-consecutive start following injuries to Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams, has carried the ball six times for 29 yards.
That 4.8 yards-per-carry average is much improved over what he showed last week, when he mustered only 2.0 YPC during last week’s overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills.