Coming off their worst home loss in 31 years, the Minnesota Vikings barely had time to catch their icy breath before heading to the warmth of Arizona.
Now, beaten up and missing three of their best defensive players, the Vikings must meet one of the hottest teams in the NFL.
Meanwhile, heading into their Thursday night matchup, the Cardinals (10-2) are on a roll. Coach Bruce Arians' high-scoring outfit has won six straight, the franchise's longest winning streak in 41 years. Only Carolina (12-0) has a better record.
The Cardinals have a two-game lead over Minnesota and Green Bay for the No. 2 seed in the NFC, which carries a first-round bye.
Despite their offensive struggles – the Vikings are ranked 30th – Minnesota is in the thick of the postseason conversation at 8-4 and tied with Green Bay atop the NFC North. But that 38-7 loss at home to the Seahawks lurks uncomfortably close in the rearview mirror.
Expect the Vikings to give Adrian Peterson the ball a bit more last week. The NFL's leading rusher with 1,182 yards this season managed just 8 in nine carries as Minnesota abandoned the running game after falling far behind Seattle early.
Peterson said the Vikings were "outplayed and outcoached" by the Seahawks.
Arizona will be making its fourth prime-time appearance of the season, and third in the last five weeks. The Cardinals have one more coming up: The NFL has flexed the Dec. 20 game against Philadelphia to Sunday night.