Week 7 scouting report: Arizona Cardinals

  • October 17, 2012 - 7:50 PM

game 7



Noon Sunday

Mall of America Field

TV: Ch. 9 (100.3-FM, 1130-AM)

Line: Vikings by 6



• The Cardinals lost at home in overtime 19-16 to Buffalo on Sunday.

• Arizona hasn't won in Minnesota since 1977, having lost the past six regular season games here and one playoff game.

• Arizona is 11-4 in its past 15 games.

• The Cardinals offense is scuffling, ranked 26th in points per game, 31st in yards gained overall and 28th in passing.

• The defense has been stout, allowing only 97 points. Arizona is 10th in yards allowed and fifth in sacks per pass play.

• Minneapolis native Larry Fitzgerald Jr. is fifth in the NFL with 36 receptions. He has averaged 77 receiving yards and 5.6 receptions per game since entering the league.


• On Arizona's two-game losing streak: "Whatever is going on we have to figure it out and figure it out quickly. Because if we don't it's going to be a long weekend."

• On playing in the Metrodome: "You get behind, and that Metrodome gets pretty loud. We want to keep Ragnar off the field as much as possible."

• On offensive struggles: "It's the same plays we were calling when we were scoring 30 points a game a couple years back. We're just not executing it as well as we need to."

COACH SPEAK ken whisenhunt

• On the offensive line struggles (22 sacks the past three games): "Some of it was situational, especially in the Thursday night game [vs. St. Louis]. We can't afford to give up that many sacks, and it's something we're working on."

• On the Cards' problems in Minnesota: "It's tough on the road. That's the way the NFL is. And [the dome] is a tough place to play in general. And we haven't handled it very well."

• On bouncing back from last week's loss: "We've been in a number of those (close) games. We had a chance to win it but didn't get it done. But we looked at the tape, made corrections and moved on."


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