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Cardinals At Vikings: Minnesota Draws First Blood, Leads 7-0

The Minnesota Vikings have gotten on the board first in their contest against the Arizona Cardinals, as they've taken an early -0 lead.

After Chris Kluwe pinned the Cardinals on their own 3-yard line with a punt after Minnesota's first possession, the Vikings forced Arizona into a second consecutive three-and-out. Marcus Sherels then returned Ben Graham's punt to the Arizona 18-yard line. From there, it was the Adrian Peterson show, as he carried the ball on three of the four plays on the Minnesota drive (after an incompletion by Donovan McNabb). The first two carries went for 11 yards and 3 yards, and the third one saw Peterson bulldog his way into the end zone from five yards out for his fourth touchdown of the season.

The Minnesota drive covered 17 yards in four plays, taking 1:35 off of the clock.

Peterson has four carries for 22 yards thus far on the afternoon, while Donovan McNabb has yet to complete a pass in three attempts. Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb is also 0-for-3 thus far.

With 9:18 left in the first quarter of play, the Minnesota Vikings lead the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 7-0.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.