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By BA “no more 80’s clichés” Antisdel
The best raisin playing in the NFL is no longer from Minnesota. Kurt Warner showed up the other geriatric signal caller Sunday night as the resurging Arizona Cardinals handed the Vikings their second loss on the season. The game could very well be a precursor to the NFC Championship game later this year. You might as well add Warner’s name to the growing list of quarterbacks vying for the league’s MVP. If anything was learned from this game, it’s that the Vikings better not expect the rest of the league to hand over the title like much of the media has done in recent weeks. It was a bad night overall for the Vikes, as they also lost linebacker E.J. Henderson to one of those “I can’t look away, but oh so gory” broken legs. While still a virtual lock to make the playoffs, the Vikings road just became much, much tougher.
In other games on Sunday, both the Colts and Saints continued marching on their quest for perfect seasons as they took care of the Titans and Redskins respectively, though for the Saints it took overtime to beat the lowly team from D.C. But the team GameDay sees rising to AFC supremacy is the lightning bolts from the far west. San Diego is on a serious roll and seems to have figured out their early defensive woes, taking control of the West division at 9-3. If one team seems to have Indy figured out, it’s the Chargers. And if you’re looking for rooting interest in the pastel-blue-wearing men from Cali, look no further than a couple of alums from our state universities with Nate Kaeding (Iowa) booting field goals and Tim Dobbins (Iowa State) laying a charge in opposing running backs. With all that said, GameDay will take a stab in the dark and make a Super Bowl prediction now: Warner will finally get that next ring with a team not playing in St. Louis. The Cards will cruise over the Chargers after a weatherless, domed playoff trip through Bourbon street. CV
Thursday, Dec. 10
Pittsburgh at Cleveland 7:20 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 13
New Orleans at Atlanta 12 p.m.
Green Bay at Chicago 12 p.m.
NY Jets at Tampa Bay 12 p.m.
Miami at Jacksonville 12 p.m.
Detroit at Baltimore 12 p.m.
Seattle at Houston 12 p.m.
Denver at Indianapolis 12 p.m.
Buffalo at Kansas City 12 p.m.
Cincinnati at Minnesota 12 p.m.
Carolina at New England 12 p.m.
Washington at Oakland 3:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Tennessee 3:05 p.m.
San Diego at Dallas 3:15 p.m.
Philadelphia at NY Giants 7:20 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 14
Arizona at San Francisco 7:30 p.m.