The Arizona Cardinals don’t stack up well on defense in terms of statistical rankings. But they have talented individual players and they also play well on defense in 2 significant areas – 3rd down situations and red zone situations.
The Cardinals rank 3rd in the NFL in 3rd down conversion percentage and they’re tied for 9th in the league in terms of opponents TD% in the red zone.
But the Vikings might have a special weapon to use against Arizona in these scenarios – rookie WR Percy Harvin.
Harvin has been a productive receiver for the Vikings this season – he’s 2nd on the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TDs. Just as important as his production, however, has been the timing of his production.
Harvin has 11 rushes on the season for 91 yards; 5 of those 11 rushes have resulted in 1st downs. Of his 42 receptions, 32 of them have resulted in 1st downs and 19 of his 32 1st-down receptions have come on either 3rd down or 4th down.
So, when the Vikings are in a pinch of 3rd or 4th down, or when they’ve entered the red zone, watch for QB Brett Favre to target #12.
*Note: Harvin needs 395 combined yards to surpass RB Adrian Peterson’s record-setting 2,021 combined yards in 2007. Harvin is currently in 2nd place in Vikings history for combined yards (rushing, receiving, kick returns, punt returns) as a rookie with 1,617.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin
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