MINNEAPOLIS – While the Cardinals are still looking for offensive consistency, they have already seemingly found another consistent way to score – returning the ball, one way or the other.
The Cardinals had two more return scores Sunday in the 27-24 overtime loss to the Vikings: a 96-yard kickoff return for LaRod Stephens-Howling, and a 30-yard fumble return on a Vikings kickoff return by
With four opponent fumbles returned for scores, the Cardinals have already tied the NFL record for the season with still half a season to go.
“You’ve got to put yourself in a position to make a play,” Stephens-Howling said of the return scores. “When you get opportunity, we have a lot of people taking advantage of it.”
The Cardinals would have had a third Sunday, but safety
Stephens-Howling now has three kickoff returns for touchdowns in his brief Cardinal career, putting him second all-time in franchise history behind the six of Ollie Matson.
“It definitely felt like we had a spark of momentum,” Stephens-Howling said. “But they made one more play than we did today.”
PORTER IS HOT
But after the Cardinals’ difficult loss, Porter took exception to a question about his big day.
“Earlier in the week I don’t get no interviews, I get a couple sacks and you all surround me like I did something amazing,” Porter said. “You all are the same people that told me three weeks ago I didn’t have it no more. So I get two sacks and I have 10 people waiting for me.
“I ain’t got nothing to prove to you all. I will be there where I need to be. Someone starts off slow and don’t have any sacks you think I should have, I don’t get no interviews. I get two sacks and you all want to be in front of me. I find that funny.”
“We are doing some things positive, but it’s just not good enough right now,” Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald had seven receptions for a season-high 107 yards, and he single-handily sparked what had been the game-turning drive up until that point, making back-to-back catches for 46 yards on the Cards’ lone touchdown drive of the game late in the second quarter.
There were times Fitzgerald seemed to have gotten open, only to have him unable to hook up with quarterback
“We left some things on the field, we definitely did,” Fitzgerald said. “But it was better than it was last week.”