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The Arizona Cardinals need to find their running game again

For the last two games, the Arizona Cardinals have struggled to run the football, if they hope to slow down the Minnesota Vikings pass rush, they need to find it.

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David Johnson is an offensive player of the year and MVP candidate. He has put the Arizona Cardinals offense on his back this season, accounting for 10 of the 24 touchdowns the Cardinals have scored on the season.

Yet, he at times seems underutilized.

He finished Sunday’s tilt with the 49ers with 19 carries, but his production has been awful.

In fact, in his last two games Johnson has 29 carries for 79 yards and one touchdown.

Yet, over the last four games, the Vikings are giving up 121 yards per game on the ground, after giving up only 77 yards per game to start the season.

This is a game where the Arizona Cardinals can get back on the right track in the run game, but it has to be a mentality.

The other thing is, if the Arizona Cardinals are going to slow down the dominant pass rush of the Vikings, they are going to have to be able to run the football.

If they can’t slow down Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter, then their passing game is going to struggle to find a rhythm and it could be a long day for the Arizona Cardinals.

Getting David Johnson and maybe even a little more of Andre Ellington in the mix will only help Carson Palmer and the passing game.