The Arizona Cardinals loss their third consecutive game on Sunday to a tough Minnesota Vikings team, but there were a lot of positive things to take away from the game. One of them was RB LaRod Stephens-Howling. The 5’7” running back rushed for 104 yards on 20 carries averaging a 5.2 yards per carry. Stephens-Howling came into the game with just 23 yards rushing including a negative effort on 8 carries against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Cardinals defense played well, but the Cardinals have not had a single 100 yard rusher this season. He gets the nod for player of the game because he was able to run on one of the best defenses in the NFL. All of the players on the field stand much taller than him and it’s always nice to see the “little guy” succeed in a game full of behemoths.
In addition, you really have to give props to the offensive line in the game. They played better than they had all season because they knew they were going to have to. They were able to open holes big enough for Stephens-Howling to get through.
The Cardinals have not played well these past few weeks, but at least now they have something to build on. They need to create their own opportunities because in the NFL you have to earn every inch. On Sunday Stephens-Howling earned player of the game. The Cardinals need to earn a victory in prime time against the San Francisco 49ers to get their season back on track, so they can make the playoffs.