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NFL Preseason Preview - Arizona (1-0) at Minnesota (1-0)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Vikings will try to make it two wins in two weeks at their new temporary home when they entertain the Arizona Cardinals at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Vikings opened up a new era under head coach Mike Zimmer by flashing a much-improved defense in a 10-6 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Rookie first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater finished 6-of-13 passing for 49 yards in his NFL preseason debut but paled in comparison to veteran starter Matt Cassel, who finished 5-of-6 for 62 yards.

Second-year receiving star Cordarrelle Patterson caught three passes for 38 yards for Minnesota, which went just 5-10-1 a year ago.

The rookie Bridgewater, who was selected with the last pick of the first round back in May, did see reps with the starters, taking over for Cassel after the Southern Cal product had led the Vikings to their lone touchdown drive on his only series of the game.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, opened up the 2014 campaign - their second under coach Bruce Arians - with a 32-0 whitewash of the Houston Texans at University of Phoenix Stadium last week.

The win came exactly one year a after the Cards shut out the Packers in the 2013 preseason opener, the NFL's last preseason shutout.

The story of the game was the strong showing by the Cards QB trio of Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton and rookie Logan Thomas, who combined to post a 138.8 passer rating.

Thomas, a rookie making his NFL debut, completed 11-of-12 passed for 113 yards and a TD as Arizona outgained Houston 407 yards to 172 and held a 42 to 18 advantage in time of possession.

The Cards' trip to Minnesota represents a homecoming for star receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who hail from Minneapolis and St. Paul respectively. Fitzgerald, in fact, was a Vikings ball boy in his youth. .

08/14 13:27:24 ET


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