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Vikings fast start leads to 34-10 win over the Cardinals

Oct 9, 2011; Minneapolis, MN;  Chad Greenway is introduced as a starter at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Cardinals 34-10.
Oct 9, 2011; Minneapolis, MN; Chad Greenway is introduced as a starter at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Cardinals 34-10.
Photos by Jason Alexander

The Minnesota Vikings 28 first-quarter points were enough to exorcise their second half demons to earn their first win over the struggling Arizona Cardinals.

Adrian Peterson rushes for his second of three TD's in the first quarter.
Photo by Jason Alexander

The Vikings started with excellent field position on three consecutive drives off a 22 yard punt return by Marcus Sherels and two turnovers by the Cardinals. Adrian Peterson scored two rushing touchdowns within 23 seconds to give the Vikings a quick 14-0 lead. Donovan McNabb scampered in for a touchdown 2:30 minutes later. Peterson then scored his third touchdown of the quarter to give the Vikings a 28-0 lead.

Donovan McNabb's passing woes continued throughout the game, throwing to the feet of several receivers, to the chorus of boos from the Viking faithful. McNabb threw for a dismal 10-21 and 168 yards.

The Vikings defense had a dominating game with four sacks, three interceptions and one fumble recovery. Jared Allen, NFL leader with 8.5 sacks, had two with Brian Robison adding two.

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