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Sep 19, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt (99) celebrates after a potential game winning field goal was missed by Minnesota Vikings kicker Greg Joseph (1) during the second half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Arizona Cardinals

Last rank: 7

There were times it looked as though they would win and times it looked as though they were definitely losing. But as fate would have it, the Arizona Cardinals won their second game of the season and improved to 2-0 with an exciting win over the Vikings.

They surrendered a huge touchdown to start the game and Kyler Murray threw a couple of bad interceptions, including one that was run back for six by Nick Vigil. Then with the score sitting at 34-33, the defense struggled to stop Minnesota as they moved it down to the Arizona 19 where Greg Joseph came on for a 37-yard field goal that should have given the road team the win.

Arizona was happy to see the kick sail wide to the right as they celebrated the one-point win in what proved to be a seesaw game for 60 minutes.

That win means the Cardinals are now 2-0, putting them in a three-way tie with the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers for first place in the NFC West. The start is admirable but the truth is, they’re about to really have their legitimacy challenged in Week 4 and 5 when they face the Rams and Niners back to back. Thankfully, the NFL scheduled them a practice in Jacksonville next week to prepare for that stretch.

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