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Minnesota Vikings Preseason 2014: 5 Takeaways From Week 2 Win

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Minnesota Vikings Preseason 2014: 5 Takeaways From Week 2 Win

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The Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals put together one of the most compelling preseason games in recent memory. After relinquishing their lead on a fluke play, Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings came back to win the game 30-28 with under a minute to play.

Here are five takeaways from the Vikings' preseason Week 2 win against the Cardinals.

5. More Defensive Back Injuries

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5. More Defensive Back Injuries

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The Vikings have really struggled keeping their defensive backs healthy this training camp and preseason. Cornerbacks Shaun Prater and Jabari Price were removed from last night’s game with separate injuries. While neither injury appears to be serious, it is worth noting that the Vikings cannot seem to keep their defensive secondary healthy.

4. Xavier Rhodes Struggled In Coverage

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4. Xavier Rhodes Struggled In Coverage

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The Vikings did a number of things right in their win over the Cardinals, but they also made a number of mistakes. Xavier Rhodes was the culprit to blame a number of blown coverages. Jaron Brown, a second-team wide receiver, burned Rhodes down the left side of the field for a 51-yard reception. Rhodes also missed a key tackle, which led to a massive Cardinals gain.

3. Anthony Barr Success At Defensive End

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3. Anthony Barr Success At Defensive End

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Anthony Barr was brilliant once again for the Vikings in Week 2 of the preseason. His lone tackle was a quarterback sack, which caused a fumble in the process. Barr lined up at LDE, switching with Brian Robison, on multiple occasions. He had plenty of success getting past opposing linemen on his way to multiple quarterback pressures.

2. Kyle Rudolph Played Exceptional

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2. Kyle Rudolph Played Exceptional

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Kyle Rudolph’s new contract is starting to look pretty good right about now. He recorded four catches for 89 yards last night, which included a 51-yard touchdown strike from QB Matt Cassel. It appears the weight Rudolph lost during the offseason has increased his speed as well. He is beginning to look as dangerous as any tight end in the NFL at this point.

1. Teddy Bridgewater Ran Two-Minute Drill Masterfully

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1. Teddy Bridgewater Ran Two-Minute Drill Masterfully

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After losing the lead late, Teddy Bridgewater was asked to run the two-minute drill for the first time in his NFL career. He executed it masterfully, leading a seven-play, 83-yard touchdown drive, which ultimately resulted in a Vikings victory. He has certainly lived up to the “great under major pressure” billing so far for the Vikings.

Robert Reidell is a Minnesota Vikings Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.