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NFL Scores: Adrian Peterson Dismantles Arizona Cardinals, Vikings Win 34-10

The Minnesota Vikings earn their first win of the year Sunday afternoon when Adrian Peterson eviscerates the Arizona Cardinals.

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Adrian Peterson erupted for 122 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries, and Kevin Kolb and Beanie Wells weren't able to recover from the Minnesota Vikings' 28 first-quarter points as the Vikings rolled to a 34-10 win vs. the Arizona Cardinals. Early Doucet caught eight balls for 92 yards for the Cardinals—just two fewer receptions than Donovan McNabb managed completed passes—but it didn't matter.

For Peterson it was his first three-rushing-touchdown game since Week 1 in 2009, when he ran the ball 25 times for 180 yards. He wasn't that brilliant here in 2011, but the Cardinals had no answer for him, and once Kolb had to carry the team he couldn't manage it—he was 21-for-42 with 232 yards and two interceptions on the day, with Richard Bartel replacing him for their final drive of the afternoon.

For the Vikings the win is their first victory of the season; the Cardinals fall to 1-4 on the season, behind the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers but ahead of the St. Louis Rams in the NFC West.