The Minnesota Vikings defense has lacked many game-changing, explosive plays in recent weeks. The kind of plays that lifts spirits and builds confidence.

In steps Xavier Rhodes.

The cornerback set a franchise record against the Arizona Cardinals with a 100-yard interception return in the third quarter to put the Vikings ahead, 20-10.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians argued receiver John Brown was held by Captain Munnerly on the play, and he was right. But there was no taking back the big score.

Rhodes wasn’t done, though. Palmer targeted Michael Floyd on a deep seam route in the third quarter. Floyd stopped running. Rhodes didn’t, getting underneath the ball for his second interception of the game and fourth of the season.

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