Quick Take: Cardinals-Vikings

In Brief

» Last meeting:Tarvaris Jackson threw four touchdown passes in the first half to lead the Vikings past the Cardinals, 35-14.
» Streaks: The Vikings have won seven of the last eight, and hold a 12-9 all-time edge, including the playoffs.
» Last week: Arizona suffered a heartbreaking last-second loss in Tennessee, 20-17. ... Minnesota thumped rival Chicago, 36-10.

Keep your eye on ...Kurt Warner's status: The Cardinals are a different team when Warner is under center. With him missing last Sunday's game to the Titans due to concussion symptoms, Arizona scored just one offensive touchdown. If he has to sit out again, it could be tough for Matt Leinart to keep up with Brett Favre.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as a difference-maker: Though Favre is having one of the best -- if not the best -- seasons of his career, he is due for a poor outing. Known for his proclivity to throw interceptions, Favre remarkably has only three this year. Should Favre finally revert to his old risky self, Rodgers-Cromartie has the playmaking ability to pick off a pass and take it to the house.

Adrian Peterson's performance: Favre's presence has lightened the load somewhat on Peterson to have to gain huge amounts of yardage, but it has helped him score more touchdowns. Now that Chris Johnson has started to make his claim for being potentially the best running back in the league, it is Peterson's turn to show he is still the premier rusher against the team Johnson torched for 154 yards last week.

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Minnesota's Percy Harvin leads all rookies with seven touchdowns. ... Favre will set the NFL record for an every down player with his 283rd consecutive game played. ... Arizona's Beanie Wells leads all rookies with four rushing touchdowns. ... If the playoffs started today, both the Vikings and Cardinals would be in. Get an updated look at the postseason picture.

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