Arizona Cardinals @ Minnesota Vikings
Arizona: The Cardinals come off a bad loss at home to the Buffalo Bills, where Jay Feely kicked a 61 yard field goal to send the game into overtime, but then shanked a 35 yarder in OT to ultimately lose the game. Feely giveth, Feely taketh away. Kevin Kolb also got his ribs crushed in the game, and will apparently be out for several weeks. It’s just as well, since Kolb would likely have been crushed by Jared Allen this week anyhow. Now John Skelton takes over, and he certainly doesn’t do a lot to inspire a pick up from the waiver wire.
Larry Fitzgerald has started to come on lately, and the QB change shouldn’t affect him too much since Skelton had no problems finding him last season. With the Vikings formidable against both the pass and the rush, the Cardinals should stick with what they do best, and that’s pass the ball. With one of the worst run blocking offensive lines in the league, don’t expect much production from William Powell on the road against the 11th best run defense in the league.
Good Start: WR Larry Fitzgerald
Middle of the Road: WR Andre Roberts
Bad Start: QB John Skelton, RB William Powell, RB Larod Stephens-Howling, TE Rob Housler
Minnesota: The Vikings looked like they were going to get blown out of the stadium by RGIII and the Redskins through most of their Week 6 game, but Christian Ponder led a furious comeback that fell short in the 4th quarter. The Cardinals are a top 10 defense against the pass, but Ponder is starting to get better; he ended up with over 360 total yards and 2 TDs against the Redskins. Even before this week though, Percy Harvin has been an every week play against any defense, so keep starting him as usual. Kyle Rudolph has also looked good of late, and is becoming more and more Ponder’s first look in the red zone.
Adrian Peterson continues to plug along, and while he doesn’t quite look back to where he was pre-injury, he’s still better than 90% of the league at least. With the Cardinals ranked just 19th against the rush, look for Peterson to have one of his better rushing days of the year at home this week.
Good Start: RB Adrian Peterson, WR Percy Harvin, TE Kyle Rudolph
Middle of the Road: QB Christian Ponder
Bad Start: WR Michael Jenkins, WR Jerome Simpson