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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Arizona Cardinals have established their dominance of the NFC West.
The rest of the NFL is still giving them trouble.
The latest example came on Sunday, when the Minnesota Vikings drubbed Arizona 35-14. The ugly loss left Arizona 8-6, but only 3-6 against teams outside its division -- and 2-5 against winning teams.
Arizona wrapped up the NFC West in a 34-10 rout of woeful St. Louis on Dec. 7. One week later, the Cardinals heard boos as they fell into a 21-0 hole in the first quarter against the Vikings.
Arizona trailed 28-0 at halftime and pulled to within 28-14 but could come no closer against the NFC Central leaders.
The Cardinals have a chance to atone this week, when they travel to Foxborough, Mass., to take on the New England Patriots. A victory over a good team on the road, in inclement weather, could bolster Arizona if it has to venture into the Eastern time zone in January.