MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Vikings kept pace in the NFC North with Sunday's 21-14 win against the Arizona Cardinals and did so the old-fashioned way, with a strong running game and stout defense.
Minnesota (5-2) continued its early-season momentum thanks to an all-around defensive effort Sunday and 153 yards rushing by Adrian Peterson, holding on after developing an early lead.
Sunday's victory wasn't always pretty, but the Vikings again did enough to come away with a win. Here's how Minnesota stacked up against Arizona (4-3):
Pass offense: F
If the Vikings had more of a threat in the passing game, they might not have needed to sweat out a final onside kick by the Cardinals and a first-down run by Peterson at the end to run out the clock. Quarterback Christian Ponder threw two interceptions for the third straight game, another one leading directly to a touchdown. After being the final quarterback in the NFL to throw an interception this season, Ponder has given the ball away too...