The Minnesota Vikings travel to Arizona with a banged up defense and trying to stay on top of the NFC North.

The Vikings (8-4) will be in the desert tonight without four of their five leading tacklers on defense to take on the NFL leading team in points, Arizona Cardinals (10-2)... the Cardinals are averaging a league high 31.8 points per game, while the Vikings are giving up the fourth most points on the season with 19.3 points per game.

Key defensive players who won't take the field against AZ are LB Anthony Barr (groin/hand), DT Linval Joseph (foot), S Andrew Sendejo(knee), S Harrison Smith (knee/hamstring).

The Cardinals are battling for a first round bye in the playoffs while the Vikings try to stay alive in the hunt for the post season.

BIG GAME TONIGHT.

You can watch the Vikings vs. Cardinals on NFL Network or WCCO (channel 4), kickoff is 7:25 tonight.

SKOL!!!!