It sure looks like Kyle Rudolph will love working with Norv Turner.
And vice versa.
A week after catching just one pass for 22 yards, Rudolph, the Vikings starting tight end, led all first-half receivers with four catches for 89 yards, including a 51-yard catch-and-sprint touchdown as the Vikings rallied to beat the Cardinals 30-28 with a last-minute touchdown at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday night.
Turner, the Vikings offensive coordinator and a strategist who’s noted for being a tight end’s best friend, is putting Rudolph in better positions to make plays farther down the field.
The first play of the game was a deep out that went for a 17-yard gain. The 51-yard touchdown came off a crossing route on which Rudolph caught a perfectly thrown 21-yard spiral from Matt Cassel and ran through the defense for the final 30 yards.
The touchdown made up for a Rudolph drop on what should have been a touchdown earlier on third-and-goal. Cassel lobbed the ball over a defender to where only Rudolph could catch it. But the ball went off Rudolph’s fingers and the Vikings had to settle for a field goal.
Some D fixing needed
The Cardinals’ first three touchdown drives made the Vikings’ defense look a lot like its 2013 version.
The first unit gave up nine- and 11-play drives that covered 93 and 59 yards.
The second unit then got rolled on a 19-play, 80-yard drive that consumed 10:06 of the third quarter.
In its two scoring drives against the Vikings’ first unit, Arizona converted four of five third downs and its only fourth down, a 1-yard touchdown pass.
A lowlight was an all-too-familiar-to-2013 inability to tackle. Cornerbacks Captain Munnerlyn and Xavier Rhodes both missed tackles near the line of scrimmage on a pass that went for 51 yards to receiver Jaron Brown.
In the 19-play drive against the second unit, the Cardinals converted only 2-of-4 third downs, but went 2-for-2 on fourth-and-1. The touchdown also came on third-and-goal at the 1.
Teddy’s wild finish
The Cardinals scored what appeared to be the winning touchdown on a strange play on fourth-and-goal from the 6-yard line with 1:11 left.
The shotgun snap bounced off quarterback Ryan Lindley and was ruled a backward pass. A scrum ensued and offensive lineman John Estes swatted the ball forward.
Rookie running back Zach Bauman scooped it up and ran 10 yards for the touchdown and a 28-24 lead.
|Philadelphia - WP: A. Harang||5||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: J. Zimmermann||3|
|Atlanta - LP: S. Marimon||5||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: B. Cecil||6|
|Chicago WSox - WP: C. Sale||12||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez||3|
|Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar||4||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: P. Hughes||2|
|Cincinnati - LP: H. Bailey||2||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: C. Martinez||5|
|San Diego - LP: C. Kimbrel||6||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: Z. Rosscup||7|
|Baltimore - WP: C. Tillman||4||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: C. Buchholz||1|
|Milwaukee - LP: K. Lohse||2||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke||6|
|Miami - LP: M. Latos||4||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom||5|
|LA Angels - LP: C. Wilson||0||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: D. Keuchel||4|
|NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka||9||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi||0|
|Oakland - WP: J. Hahn||5||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: Y. Ventura||0|
|Arizona - LP: R. De La Rosa||1||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: C. Heston||4|
|Colorado - LP: J. Lyles||3||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke||6|
|Texas - LP: C. Lewis||1||FINAL|
|Seattle - WP: F. Hernandez||3|
|Real Salt Lake||0|
|Sporting Kansas City||1||FINAL|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|