The sack master that is Minnesota’s Jared Allen has nothing on D’Anthony Batiste, Daryn Colledge, Lyle Sendlein, Adam Snyder and Bobby Massie.
No, the Vikings immensely skilled defensive end is not the quarterback killer that the Arizona Cardinals offensive line is proving to be.
Allen had a mere two sacks in the Vikings 21-14 victory over the Cardinals on Sunday as the porous collection of Batiste, Colledge, Sendlein, Snyder and Massie allowed seven sacks of the man they are paid to protect. That now makes 29 sacks of the Arizona quarterbacks in the past four games, the last three losses after a surprising 4-0 start.
The abuse John Skelton took Sunday is just a sample of what Kevin Kolb endured before he was rendered unavailable last week after nearly four quarters of pummeling by the Buffalo Bills on the back end of 16 quarters of pummeling by New England, Philadelphia, Miami and St. Louis.
Kolb, who had been sacked a league-leading 27 times before abuse got the best of his body, watched Sunday as the Cardinals line added to their NFL-leading totals of protection ineptitude.
Meanwhile, another standout performance by the Cardinals defense ends up in the loss column.
The Arizona defense held the Vikings to 209 yards, 12 first downs, 1 of 10 on third downs and forced seven punts. Only Adrian Peterson, who rushed 23 times for 153 yards and scored the game’s first touchdown on a 13-yard run, kept the Vikings from laughable lows. » Continue reading “Cardinals Sacked by Vikings for Third Straight Loss”