Second string quarterback Drew Stanton completed six of eight passes for 81 yards and a touchdown but it wasn't enough as the Arizona Cardinals dropped a 30-28 decision to the Minnesota Vikings last night in NFL preseason play at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
Vikings rookie signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater tossed a two-yard touchdown pass to Rodney Smith with just 18 seconds remaining to give Minnesota the victory. Bridgewater, a University of Louisville product, had a superb outing, completing 16 of 20 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
Minnesota improved to 2-0 in preseason competition while the Red Birds slipped to 1-1.
Carson Palmer played two series and led the Cardinals on a 93-yard drive to begin the game, culminating on Jonathan Dwyer's one-yard scoring burst around left end. Palmer finished 4-for-8 for 91 yards.
“It was good to come out fast, some good running plays, a third-down conversion,” Palmer told the team's website. “Good execution, good efficiency and that’s what you want out of these games.”
The Cardinals did not finish the game well though by allowing 17 points in the fourth quarter. Bridgewater was the main reason for that – both of his scoring passes came in the final stanza.
Running back Zach Bauman aided the Arizona offensive unit with a six-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown to give the Red Birds a 28-24 lead with 1:11 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Ryan Lindley had a shaky game as he battles Logan Thomas for the third QB spot on the roster. Lindley was just 8-for-15 for 64 yards.
The other focus was on kicker Jay Feely, who is in competition with Chandler Catanzaro for the role. Feely did not attempt a field goal but converted all four extra points.
Overall though, Arizona's special teams did not perform well in coverage.
“I will go back and get the (kickoff) numbers,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “(Jay) has added some distance. I was very disappointed in our coverage units. We had some young players looking for jobs that might have lost jobs because of the coverage.”
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