NFL Preseason Preview - Arizona (1-0) at Minnesota (1-0) (ET)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Vikings will try to make it two wins in two weeks at their new temporary home when they entertain the Arizona Cardinals at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Vikings opened up a new era under head coach Mike Zimmer by flashing a much-improved defense in a 10-6 win over the Oakland Raiders.
Rookie first-round pick Teddy Bridgewater finished 6-of-13 passing for 49 yards in his NFL preseason debut but paled in comparison to veteran starter Matt Cassel, who finished 5-of-6 for 62 yards.
Second-year receiving star Cordarrelle Patterson caught three passes for 38 yards for Minnesota, which went just 5-10-1 a year ago.
The rookie Bridgewater, who was selected with the last pick of the first round back in May, did see reps with the starters, taking over for Cassel after the Southern Cal product had led the Vikings to their lone touchdown drive on his only series of the game.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, opened up the 2014 campaign - their second under coach Bruce Arians - with a 32-0 whitewash of the Houston Texans at University of Phoenix Stadium last week.
The win came exactly one year a after the Cards shut out the Packers in the 2013 preseason opener, the NFL's last preseason shutout.
The story of the game was the strong showing by the Cards QB trio of Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton and rookie Logan Thomas, who combined to post a 138.8 passer rating.
Thomas, a rookie making his NFL debut, completed 11-of-12 passed for 113 yards and a TD as Arizona outgained Houston 407 yards to 172 and held a 42 to 18 advantage in time of possession.
The Cards' trip to Minnesota represents a homecoming for star receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, who hail from Minneapolis and St. Paul respectively. Fitzgerald, in fact, was a Vikings ball boy in his youth. .
Minneapolis, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes, including one with 18 seconds remaining that gave the Minnesota Vikings a 30-28 preseason victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
Matt Cassel started under center for Minnesota and completed 12-of-16 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown, while the rookie first-round draft pick Bridgewater finished 16-for-20 for 177 and two scores in relief.
The Cardinals were leading 28-24 with 1:07 left when Bridgewater and the Vikings offense got the ball back on their own 17-yard line. Bridgewater found Rodney Smith for short gains of 10 and six yards and following a 12-yard completion to Jarius Wright, went back to Smith for 37 yards down the left sideline to the Arizona 18.
Four plays later, Bridgewater hooked up with Smith for a 2-yard, go-ahead score.
Joe Banyard carried six times for 64 yards for Minnesota, while tight end Kyle Rudolph caught four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Drew Stanton had a touchdown pass for Arizona and Jonathan Dwyer, Robert Hughes and Zach Bauman had scores on the ground.
Dwyer's 1-yard plunge made it 7-0 early on, but the Vikings countered with a short Blair Walsh field goal and Cassel's 51-yard touchdown to Rudolph to go in front 35 seconds into the second quarter.
It was 21-13 in favor of the Cardinals through three quarters. Walsh kicked another short field goal to close the gap, and Allen Reisner caught a 3-yard touchdown pass from Bridgewater midway through the fourth to give the Vikings a brief lead.
Bauman's 6-yard score with 1:11 remaining put Arizona back ahead prior to Bridgewater's comeback drive.