Minnesota Vikings: Winners and Losers from the Vikings Win vs. the Cardinals

Matt LeirdahlContributor IIIOctober 9, 2011

Minnesota Vikings: Winners and Losers from the Vikings Win vs. the Cardinals

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    Coming into Week 5, the Vikings were still looking for their first win. 

    On Sunday, they earned it, with a 34-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

    It was a familiar story, with great production in the first half and very limited production in the second half. 

    Here are the winners and losers from the win against the Cardinals:

Winner: Adrian Peterson

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    Adrian Peterson is one of the best players in the league. He showed it against the Cardinals.

    In the first quarter alone, he had three touchdown runs. This is the fifth time that he has had three or more touchdowns in game. 

    He didn't score in the second half, but he was just as intense as he was in the first. This paved the way for the Vikings victory. 

    He ended the game with 29 rushes for 122 yards and three touchdowns. 

Loser: Donovan McNabb

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    By no means is this McNabb's best season. He showed that today. 

    In the first quarter, the Vikings scored four touchdowns, zero from the air.

    It seemed like every pass that he threw was inaccurate. Time after time, the pass was at a receiver's feet or above his head.

    For example, the first pass of the fourth quarter was a six-yard pass right into the ground—from a professional quarterback.

    It was not all bad, though. McNabb had a four-yard rush for a touchdown.

    McNabb was 10 for 20 with 169 passing yards. 

Winner: Vikings Defense

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    The Vikings defense played great in the first half, only giving up three points. In the second half, they gave up seven.

    The defense had four turnovers and two sacks. Besides the interceptions, the secondary had a plethora of tipped passes and almost interceptions. 

    Starting in the second quarter, the Cardinals were in four-down territory. The Vikings handled it brilliantly.

    The defense gave up 291 yards and 10 points. 

Loser: Percy Harvin

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    Percy Harvin was a non-factor against the Cardinals. He did not even touch the ball during the first quarter, which is when the Vikings scored all of their points.

    He is one of the most versatile players in the league, and he missed his opportunity today for big production. 

    Harvin had one catch for 12 yards and one rush for 11 yards. 

Winner: Marcus Sherels

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    The ex-Gopher was a stretch to make the team during the preseason. It's a good thing that he did.

    He had a great game on special teams with two great punt returns that put the Vikings in great field position.

    He had two punt returns for 45 yards with a long of 23 yards. 

Loser: Vikings Coaching Staff

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    The coaching staff had their best game of the season today, but it still wasn't pretty. 

    The team was outplayed in the second half, losing 7-6. At least things were controlled on the defensive side of the ball.

    The team has yet to score more than 10 points in the second half. That's on the coaching staff.

    At least they gave Peterson the ball in the second half. There was definite improvement from the coaches, but there still needs to be more. 

    By Week 6, the coaches will have it figured out. 

Winner: Devin Aromashodu

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    With Bernard Berrian inactive and Michael Jenkins not producing much, there was room for someone to step up. That someone was Devin Aromashodu.

    Aromashodu had two clutch catches for 81 yards. One for 60 yards. 

    He showed that he is a valuable asset and will utilized more in future games.