It wasn't all good for the Vikings. David Johnson added 46 yards and a touchdown.
The 2003 Vikings had talent on offense, namely with quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who threw for 3,479 yards, and wide receiver Randy Moss, who caught 111 passes for 1,632 yards.
OMINOUS DEBUT: New Vikings kicker Kai Forbath made a short field goal and three extra points, but he had one PAT blocked in the second quarter that loomed large at the end. Matt Asiata was able to bulldoze ahead for a 2-yard touchdown on the next play to give the Vikings a 13-10 lead.
The interception is the longest in Vikings' history as it is officially ruled a 100 yard interception return.
Still, it's worth remembering that the Vikings defense, despite the lag of late, remains a daunting matchup for opponents, too.
All they had to do was beat an Arizona team that Crockett called "terrible".
The Vikings' 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to start the second half burned after the Cardinals' spirited halftime meeting, Arians told Calvisi. The improvement in the running game was particular pleasing to the Vikings' head man.
NY overcame a 10-point deficit to top Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium as quarterback Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes in the third quarter to rally the Giants (7-3) to victory. "They're doing all the things to slow us down in the rush", defensive end Everson Griffen said. Harrison Smith, Danielle Hunter, and Brain Robison would combine for four sacks, with Hunter sacking Palmer twice.
Through the first five weeks of the season, the Vikings' defensive line was playing at an elite level and had the stats to back it. But they allowed a touchdown after a soft chip block by Kyle Rudolph and pressure around T.J. Clemmings caused a strip sack of Sam Bradford, and while their run game was better, they still finished the day with a pedestrian 73 yards on 23 attempts.
Adam Thielen is a nice story, but he's far from a go-to receiver.
They'll try to turn it around Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium against the Cardinals, who broke their hearts on December 28, 2003, at Sun Devil Stadium in one of the most memorable finishes to an National Football League game this century. Watch below as he picks off Carson Palmer in the endzone and returns the ball to the house for six. Palmer was 20 of 38 for 198 yards with two touchdowns and the two Rhodes interceptions. They will therefore have been pleased to see the return of Larry Fitzgerald last weekend against San Francisco, where he produced a season best of 133 yards.
Tennessee came back with a 3-yard TD pass from Marcus Mariota to DeMarco Murray in the final minute of the first half and a 34-yard TD pass from Mariota to Tajae Sharpe midway through the third quarter.
Washington's Kirk Cousins averaged around 2½ seconds to release the ball when he dropped back to pass last week, when the Vikings (5-4) lost their fourth straight game.
If the Vikings want to make it to the playoffs and actually have any chance at winning a Super Bowl, they need to improve on offense. They held onto their first-place tie with Detroit in the NFC North, with a rematch against the Lions looming in four days.
Yet there is so much more for him to do as the Cardinals (4-4-1) roll into U.S. Bank Stadium for a key NFC game against the reeling Vikings (5-4).