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Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals: First quarter recap and second quarter discussion

The Vikings have the early lead after 15 minutes of play

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

We have made it through the first quarter at State Farm Stadium, and your Minnesota Vikings have looked downright explosive on offense, staking themselves to a 14-7 lead over the Arizona Cardinals after the first fifteen minutes.

The Cardinals won the toss and deferred to the second half, giving Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota offense the football first. After Dalvin Cook picked up a first down on the game’s first play, Cousins loaded one up and hit K.J. Osborn for his first NFL touchdown, a 64-yard bomb to put the purple ahead 7-0 less than a minute into the game!

Thanks to a couple of false start penalties. . .that sounds familiar. . .the Vikings’ defense forced the Cardinals to go three-and-out on their first possession. Unfortunately, the Vikings responded with their own three-and-out to give the ball quickly back to the home team. The Vikings kept getting pressure on Kyler Murray, but he continued to get away and make plays. He finished the drive with a 15-yard touchdown strike to DeAndre Hopkins, and the score was tied at 7-7 with just under six minutes remaining in the quarter.

The Vikings got the ball back and got themselves on the board once again. This time, it was a 7-yard strike from Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen, who hauled in his third touchdown of the season. Joseph was good on the extra point again, and the Vikings found themselves up 14-7 as the first quarter came to an end.

As we move to the second quarter of play at State Farm Stadium, the Cardinals have the ball with a 3rd-and-1 from their own 34-yard line.

The Vikings’ offense has gotten off to a huge start, as they lead the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 14-7 after the first quarter in Arizona. Come on in and join us for the second quarter of play!