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Pondering a Change at Quarterback?
The Minnesota Vikings were not expecting this, an early-season dip maybe, but not this. Expecting McNabb to be the savior of the franchise wasn't the goal but he should have been able to steer the offense better than Tarvaris Jackson ever could.
After four straight losses, this team looks as lost as ever and seemingly is going to struggle to find wins all season long. It's probably still too soon to replace McNabb with Christian Ponder, but if things keep going the way they are, it's only a matter of time.
Arizona just can't catch a break lately. Losing three straight games due to last-minute scores, eventually something has got to give. Kevin Kolb has been an effective trigger man and loves his new weapon in Larry Fitzgerald.
The Vikings are going to make life hard for their rushing attack, but as long as the offensive line can keep Kolb on his feet, he should make a few big plays with Fitz and the rest of their passing attack. Besides, if their passing game opens up, firing on all cylinders, it might open up enough holes for Beanie Wells to exploit.
Minnesota, regardless of the QB situation, needs their front seven to wreak havoc against the Cardinals offensive line. Jared Allen and his band of cattle-ropers need to get in Kolb's face to screw up the rhythm he has with Fitzgerald.
If they can do that, it's going to be hard to move the ball against them, relieving some pressure on their offense. If their offense has room on the scoreboard to work, they can wear down the Cardinals defense with a steady attack of Adrian Peterson and short- to mid-range passing.
The Vikings cannot afford to lose a fifth straight game and go 0-5; it's something that just can't happen. McNabb can only deal with so much disappointment before he starts to become vocal. If that happens, the locker room could come crumbling down again and the season probably won't be salvaged.
The Cardinals need the win to stay in the hunt for the weak NFC West. With the success of Cam Newton and Andy Dalton, how much longer can the Vikings deal with McNabb?
Arizona 20, Minnesota 17