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Arizona Cardinals need to slow down the Minnesota Vikings dynamic pass rush

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John Wetzel and D.J. Humphries will have their hands full on Sunday in Minnesota.

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The Arizona Cardinals played an ugly game coming out of the bye week in their 23-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers. There really is no two ways about it, yet they won so there is not a whole lot to complain about.

There is, however, much to worry about when it comes to this game if the Arizona Cardinals pass protection struggles again.

John Wetzel struggled in his first start with the Cardinals, surrendering five total pressures on the day, against what no one really would call a strong San Francisco 49ers pass rush.

Sunday, he gets one of the premiere defensive ends in the NFL in Everson Griffen.

Griffen had 12 sacks in 2014, 10.5 sacks in 2015 and is on pace for 11 sacks in 2016. In other words, Griffen is a bad dude.

Wetzel has to improve over his first performance, which was expected to be shaky.

The other issue is, that D.J. Humphries will also be under fire all game, taking on the other half of the dynamic Vikings pass rush, Danielle Hunter.

Hunter has five sacks on the season as a part time pass rusher, but is one of the more explosive edge players in the NFL, registering six sacks as a rookie.

With Humphries season long struggles in pass protection, the Arizona Cardinals need to find a way to either help one of Wetzel or Humphries, or help both of them by limiting their deep passing attempts.

Either way, the Arizona Cardinals have a huge challenge on Sunday to slow down the Vikings pass rush, hopefully the young guys are up to the task.