Cardinals vs Vikings: D Sacks Skelton 7 Times, Peterson Runs All over Cardinals

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistOctober 21, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 21: Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings takes the field against the Arizona Cardinals at the Huber H. Humphrey Metrodome on October 21, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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Not even Vince Young is foolish enough to step behind the offensive line of the Arizona Cardinals, who once again spent a ton of time getting their quarterback killed with a seven-sack performance.

The hot Internet rumor (reported by Lindy's Sports) was that Vince Young would work out Tuesday, but that appears to be false. Can you blame Young if he declined?

The Cardinals are QB killers, and Sunday was no exception. 

At first, the Vikings defense seemed sluggish, but eventually they abused D'Anthony Batiste and Bobby Massie, the oft-maligned (and deservedly so) Arizona tackles.

Brian Robinson and Jared Allen both posted multiple sacks and rookie safety Harrison Smith had a pick-six to put the game away.

On the other side of the ball: Stop me if you've heard this before, but Adrian Peterson is pretty darn good.

Peterson ran hard and was constantly one shoestring tackle away from breaking a huge run. His 13-yard touchdown featured a tremendous effort as Peterson broke tackles, ran over people and basically made a menace of himself as he ran for the score.

If there was a downside to this game, it was Christian Ponder, who desperately needs to learn to throw the ball away. Ponder is just trying to do too much and forcing throws when they shouldn't be.

The result was another two-pick game. 

Against the Cardinals, it didn't kill them.

Against Tampa Bay, Seattle and Detroit, it very well could.

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