*CARDINALS 34, VIKINGS 33: The Cardinals escaped after the Vikings Greg Joseph missed a 37-yard field goal attempt at the final gun, but don’t forget the scenario ended the first half. Matt Prater booted a 62-yarder on the final play before intermission only because of Minnesota’s awful clock management. First, they ignorantly failed to kill more time before Joseph made a 41-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining. That was followed by the Vikings opting for a squib kickoff that allowed the Cardinals to start at the 34. Two completions from Kyler Murray to Rondale Moore netted 22 yards allowing Prater the opportunity.
*SPEAKING OF POOR CLOCK MANAGEMENT: Joseph’s miss at the gun deflected attention away from the Cardinals final possession – three plays, six yards and just 36 seconds off the clock after some questionable Kliff Kingsbury clock management and Murray inexplicably running out of bounds first down.
*THE CARDINALS DEFENSE HAD TO BE THINKING 2020: Last season, that failed to get off the field before allowing game deciding scores during the fourth quarter of home losses to the Dolphins and 49ers.
*THE CARDINALS DEFENSE DID OVERCOME AN AWFUL START: Vance Joseph’s group allowed touchdowns on three of the Vikings first four drives to fall behind 20-7. But, the rest of the way, they allowed just one touchdown.
*PATRICK PETERSON HAD A LARGE RECEPTION COMMITTEE AFTER THE GAME: No fewer than 25 members of the Cardinals organization fondly exchanged pleasantries, including Kliff Kingsbury, Vance Joseph, Budda Baker and Kyler Murray. Also, before running up the tunnel to the visiting locker room, Peterson removed his cleats and presented them to a Vikings fan wearing Peterson’s #7 Minnesota jersey.
*SPEAKING OF CORNERS, THE CARDINALS ARE RUNNING OUT OF THEM: Rookie starter Marco Wilson left in the first quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. Wilson was replaced by Antonio Hamilton who was elevated on Saturday from the practice squad. Hamilton held his own, with four solo tackles and was credited with one defended pass.