Apologies for things being slow the past couple of days, folks. . .I'm currently in the middle of a training course, and with a test coming tomorrow morning, I haven't had a whole lot of time. I'll effort to get to the Power Rankings round-up tomorrow.
SPOILER: The Vikings dropped pretty much everywhere. . .but, in most cases, really didn't drop that far.
I did want to point out an interesting statistic that I saw today, though. One that points out that it's been a while since the Arizona Cardinals last defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the Great White North. How long? Long enough that, the last time it happened, there was a) no such thing as the Arizona Cardinals, and b) no such place as the Metrodome.
The last time a team known as the Cardinals defeated the Vikings in Minnesota was back on November 6, 1977, when the then-St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Vikings at Metropolitan Stadium by a score of 27-7. Terry Metcalf, the father of former Browns' kick returner/receiver Eric Metcalf, had two touchdowns in that game, one through the air and one on the ground. The Cardinals scored the first 27 points in that one before Fran Tarkenton hit Sammy White for a 9-yard touchdown pass to prevent the shutout.
Since then? The Vikings are 7-0 against the Cardinals when the teams meet in Minnesota (counting the post-season), dating back to 1991. That means that the Cardinals have never posted a victory at the Metrodome, and only once in those seven games have the Vikings failed to put up at least 30 points. Strangely enough, that game was one that went into overtime in 2010, when Brett Favre set a career record with 446 passing yards and hit Visanthe Shiancoe for a 25-yard score late in the fourth quarter to send the game in to overtime. Ryan Longwell's field goal in the extra frame gave the Vikings a 27-24 victory.
The Arizona Cardinals haven't won a game in the state of Minnesota for over 20 years. Hopefully the Vikings will be able to prolong that misery on Sunday afternoon.