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I don't know about you but when the fourth quarter arrives, you almost feel the game is about to be lost. Your mind starts to look at every possible way that they could lose, and one of them is always right.
So now the Cardinals are 1-3 and in a very dangerous position.
After losing three games like they have, you can easily sink into the mindset that plagues a lot of teams. You get a lead going into the fourth quarter and now your mind starts to wonder. You start thinking about the Giants game and the Redskins game. Can we really give this one up too?
Like it or not, that kind of thinking affects your play, and it affected them Sunday against the Giants. You could watch the wheels start to fall off as soon as Beanie Wells scored his third touchdown.
And fall off they did.
Being 1-3 in the NFC West is not the end of the world, but it can quickly become worse if the Cardinals don't change their mindset. They are playing a Vikings team that has a habit of giving up the big lead themselves, so this could be one big charity event.
If the Cardinals can erase the first four games and go into this game with a completely different attitude about holding a lead, they can win it. That means run the ball in the fourth quarter and call timeouts before crucial fourth down plays. And most importantly, expect to win. That may sound ridiculous but look at the good teams.
Good teams don't panic and they know how to finish.
Minnesota doesn't scare anyone right now, but they need this game just as bad as the Cardinals do. If the Cardinals can get an early lead and finish the game, you will see their first road win of the year and they will go into their bye week with something to be excited about.