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5 Positives, 5 Negatives from the agonisingly late defeat to the Vikings in pre-season Week 2

Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater put in a remarkable display to lead the Minnesota Vikings to a come-from-behind victory with only a minute to go in the fourth quarter, but what did we learn about our Cardinals last night?

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1: Backup quarterback Drew Stanton put in another favourable display throwing 6/8 for 81 yards and a score to Darren Fells. Not that there are questions about his place on the roster as the backup quarterback, but another impressive showing does alleviate those concerns. Showing he's comfortable in the system means should he have to step in at any moment, he can perform at a good level.

2: Young tight ends Darren Fells (2 catches, 10 yards, TD) and Andre Hardy (one catch, 9 yards) were looked for early and often throughout the game, signalling that it's an even competition between these two to make the roster. The likelihood being that there is only room for one of these players on the roster, Fells has the lead at this stage.

3: Jaron Brown is making a good case to make the team as a fifth receiver next season. With two receptions for 86 yards, Jaron is proving to be a reliable deep ball target for the Cardinals. With the speed to create separation, he could be a valuable weapon as the season wears on.

4: Despite only playing a handful of snaps, Calais Campbell looked particularly dangerous on the defensive line, but we come to expect that from ol' Calais. With questions about the effectiveness of our edge rushers, Campbell's pressure from the inside will be highly sought after again.

5: The team again showed their ability to not only score regularly, but can do so in a way which drains the clock for the opposition. The 19-play touchdown drive to open the third quarter tired out the Vikings defense by taking off 10:06 from the game clock shows that the team can dictate the tempo of the game with ease. The efficiency of fourth-down conversions was also a plus.


1: Ryan Lindley didn't improve his stock at all on the night. Passing for 8/15, 64 yards and a fumble wasn't an eye-catching display, casting further doubt over his long-term future with the team. Comparing this two the wonders of Logan Thomas' Cardnals debut last week makes you think it's a matter of when, not if, Ryan Lindley will be cut.

2: The running game was again disappointing. Robert Hughes ran for a team-high 26 yards from nine carries, with the team totaling 96 rushing yards on the night. The offensive line couldn't create many holes for the backs to run through, but overall a dull night on the ground.

3: Defensively the team were not great. The last-minute touchdown drive from Bridgewater aside, the team failed to make many stops especially in the fourth quarter. The Vikes managed to gain a lot of ground and get out of some tricky situations with their running game, even Matt Cassel averaged 10 yards a run breaking out of the pocket. Questions at inside-linebacker are real.

4: Special teams didn't have a good showing, especially in the first half. The Vikings were able to start off with great field position more often than not. The inability to stop the return man was a problem all night long. Jay Feely had no issues with conversions, but his kickoffs are not up to Catanzaro's standards, with a couple coming up short of the end zone.

5: Again there is a problem covering the tight end. Kyle Rudolph led the Vikings with four catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. He should've had another score early in the game but dropped an easy pass at the back of the end zone with questionable coverage from Deone Bucannon.