EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals are two of the surprise teams in the NFC this season, with both teams near the top of their respective divisions.
They've had success in similar ways, starting with strong defenses. But both teams are coming off losses which have momentarily changed the outlook of their seasons. Minnesota (4-2) is trying to prove last week's loss against the Washington Redskins and dynamic rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was a fluke. Arizona has lost two games in a row after a surprising 4-0 start.
Here are five things to watch as the Vikings host the Cardinals and both teams try to get back on the winning track:
1. A salivating matchup for Minnesota defensive ends Jared Allen and Brian Robison.
Allen and Robison, who combined for 30 sacks last year but have just five total this season, would seem to have the type of matchup they can build up their sack numbers. Arizona has allowed a league-high 28 sacks and tackles D'Anthony...