Cardinals hope to get their first win in Minnesota since 1977

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The last time the Cardinals won in Minnesota, they were based in St. Louis and the Vikings played in an outdoor stadium designed for baseball.

The year was 1977. The Cardinals have changed names twice and the Vikings have changed stadiums twice. And the Cardinals have lost every game they’re played in Minnesota.

Part of the problem is that the Cardinals haven’t played in Minnesota all that often. After that 27-7 victory in November 1977 (Wayne Morris (pictured) had 182 rushing yards, another 20 receiving yards, and two touchdowns), the Cardinals didn’t return until 1991, the year of a home-and-home series between the fifth-place teams in the NFC East and NFC North.

The streak includes eight regular-season losses and one playoff loss over the last 41 years. Minnesota native Larry Fitzgerald, who is running out of chances to win a game in his home state, hopes to reverse the trend.

Fran Tarkenton was playing there then,” Fitzgerald said of the last Cardinals victory in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “That’s a long time. It’s time to try to get a win in Minnesota.”

It won’t be easy; the Vikings are double-digit favorites. Then again, they were 17-point favorites over Buffalo three weeks ago and blew it. In Minnesota’s only other home game this season, Week One against the 49ers, the Vikings looked sluggish at times in securing a victory that should have been much easier.

On Sunday, the Vikings will need to have a plan for stopping Cardinals pass-rusher Chandler Jones, especially with left tackle Reilly Reiff out for the game due to injury.

21 responses to “Cardinals hope to get their first win in Minnesota since 1977

  1. I refuse to believe Larry Fitzgerald doesn’t spend 1 final year playing for the Vikings before calling it a career. Every single all time great WR bounces around at the end of their career.

  2. I think Fitz would really love to come home to Minnesota to play but he has too much integrity (seems such a foreign value in this franchise) to break his word. He signed a contract and has returned for it’s final year when he could have “retired” and gone out on a much higher note. The players voted him a Captain, again, and he is not going to leave his men hanging. This year, he is unappreciated by the Organization, relegated to doing the heavy lifting for an offense that is without a plan and can’t seem to get out of it’s way. He deserves so much better and the fans hate to see a guy who has become not only the “face” of the franchise but also everything that is positive about the state being so underutilized, especially when he’s still the best player on the team.
    Fitz has his house on the market and I would hope that at the end of his contract, he will “retire” from the Cards, go back home and come out of retirement to play for his beloved Vikings.
    For being the oldest Franchise in football, it’s pretty outrageous that this team has been so mismanaged that it’s never won a SB, has only won a handful of Division Titles and one Conference Title. In the real business world there would have been new Owners a long time ago who could make the business a success. Shame on the NFL. Players deserve better, fans deserve more!

  3. packertruth says:
    October 13, 2018 at 10:04 am
    You know what else happened in 1977?
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    The Packers were 4 – 10 and finished in 4th place in the division for the 3rd year in a row.

  4. packertruth says:
    October 13, 2018 at 10:04 am

    You know what else happened in 1977? The last time the Vikings appeared in a Super Bowl.
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    Yes, January 1977, tickets to that Super Bowl cost just $25.
    Gas was a mere 62 cents a gallon.
    America was in the grips of disco music.
    John Travolta was still just a sweathog.
    And George Lucas was just some guy who directed American Graffiti.

    Wow! That really was a lifetime ago.
    How did that game turn out anyway?

  5. Seeing as how the Cardinals have reverted to their normal state of hot garbage, the odds are pretty low.

  6. Bills didn’t beat Minnesota, Minnesota beat themselves.
    I don’t think Coach Zimmer wil let them play like that again this year, After that they could have won against the Rams except for a play or call, Then Beat the Eagles. I can’t wait for the Bears and Saints game.. Trust me they will be ready. Realistically Viks are 1 or 2 drafts, addressing the O-line in the Draft unless Spielman pulls…well…a Spielman and ignores the Offensive line again and goes for D backs or other “Splash Players” Rick Spielman’s qupte (not kidding) “We can Coach up any big man for the Offensive line”. that was 3 years ago.

  7. kingthielanscourt says:
    October 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm
    Bills didn’t beat Minnesota, Minnesota beat themselves.
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    Are you serious?
    I don’t think I’ve seen a more sound and thorough beating in any NFL game this season.
    I honestly hope you’re just trying to make a bad joke or something.
    Otherwise I’m going to conclude that you’re just dumb.

  8. I do not get too high or too low for single game regular season outcomes, especially during the first part of the season. But this game feels like the Vikings need to show up big with already having given away two easy wins against Green Bay and Buffalo.

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    wafflestomp says:
    October 13, 2018 at 1:23 pm
    kingthielanscourt says:
    October 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm
    Bills didn’t beat Minnesota, Minnesota beat themselves.
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    Are you serious?
    I don’t think I’ve seen a more sound and thorough beating in any NFL game this season.
    I honestly hope you’re just trying to make a bad joke or something.
    Otherwise I’m going to conclude that you’re just dumb.

    Mn turned the ball over in their own red zone 3 times. No matter how inferior your opponent is, you wont win many games. So yes mn kind of shot themselves in the foot. Buffalo didnt do much offensively the rest of the game out side those three times with a short field. They defensively play good the whole game. I know…I was at the game. You were probably watching the packers lose to a terrible Redskins team.

  10. cheeseisfattening says:
    October 13, 2018 at 5:51 pm
    I do not get too high or too low for single game regular season outcomes, especially during the first part of the season. But this game feels like the Vikings need to show up big with already having given away two easy wins against Green Bay and Buffalo
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    Thor himself looked down and steered Carlson into missing that kick. Even he knew it was a game the Vikings had no right winning. Be thankful for the gimme tie laid out nicely on a silver platter.

    And Buffalo? They owned the Vikings, at home. Owned them.

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