Silver linings: Cardinals at Vikings

The facts: The Cardinals fell to 3-5 with a 27-24 overtime defeat to the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome in Week 9.

The upside: Even the worst defeats tend to feature a bright spot or two.

  • Derek Anderson provided turnover-free play at quarterback, restoring some confidence at the position.

  • Larry Fitzgerald topped 100 yards receiving for the first time this season. He passed Anquan Boldin on the Cardinals' career receiving yardage list. Fitzgerald is on pace to finish the season with 84 receptions for 1,020 yards and eight touchdowns.

  • Joey Porter collected two more sacks, giving him five this season. Porter is on pace for 10 sacks, one more than he had last season.

  • Safeties Kerry Rhodes and Rashad Johnson picked off Brett Favre passes.

  • Returner LaRod Stephens-Howling had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He has two kick returns for scores this season.

  • Rookie receiver Andre Roberts scored a touchdown for the first time in his NFL career.

  • Arizona's offensive linemen -- Levi Brown, Alan Faneca, Lyle Sendlein, Deuce Lutui and Brandon Keith -- committed no penalties. The line entered the game leading the NFL in fewest penalties this season.

  • Seattle also lost, leaving the Cardinals within one game of the division-leading Seahawks and St. Louis Rams.

  • The Cardinals play five of their final eight games at home. Two of their road games -- against Carolina and San Francisco -- fall against teams with a combined 3-13 record.

Looking ahead: The Cardinals face the Seattle Seahawks at University of Phoenix Stadium in Week 10.