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  • 12 March 2019
    导出博客文章He may have relied on the loyalty card in the past but Aidan Guerra has been
    tipped to become the ace up Queenslands sleeve in Wednesdays State of Origin III
    in Sydney.Out of sorts backrower Guerra has been identified as the man who can
    step into the big shoes left behind by injured bench utility Michael Morgan.The
    Maroons will tinker with the formula that helped them win 10 series in 11 years,
    opting to unleash an all forwards bench in Morgans absence in Origin III.Guerra
    is one of the four interchange big men - but Queensland teammate Jacob Lillyman
    believes the Sydney Roosters secondrower can be so much more.Lillyman says
    Guerras versatility will ensure Queensland regains their edge despite having
    Morgan sidelined.We dont have Michael Morgan but someone like Aidan Guerra will
    probably play that role, Lillyman said.Guerra has been retained on the Maroons
    bench despite amassing a total of just 113m - including only 37m in game two -
    off the bench this series to date.Guerra has been the first to admit he must
    repay the selectors faith this series.Lillyman said none of the dominant Maroons
    outfit took their jersey for granted despite trying to seal a fifth series
    whitewash on Wednesday night.Lillyman regained his spot in Origin II after being
    the only incumbent Maroons overlooked for game one.After (being part of) game
    three last year I thought with loyalty I should be right for game one, he
    said.But thats part of footy. You are never guaranteed a jersey.I tried to take
    my chance in game two.Thats why I dont hear any dead rubber talk (from
    Queensland) - every game is an opportunity.Lillyman will chime into a pack
    featuring returning prop Nate Myles.The 30 Origin veteran is nursing a knee
    injury at the game three camp on the Gold Coast.His return is massive, Lillyman
    said.The way he has approached Origin the last 10 years he has led the way in
    terms of toughness and what sort of player you have to be to succeed in this
    game for so long.He brings a hard edge.
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    by injury, the Lakers signed Marshall out of the D-League on Friday before their
    home game against Minnesota. MINNEAPOLIS -- Carson Palmer, still in full pads
    and uniform, sat motionless in front of his cubicle deep inside Minnesotas
    stadium long after another disheartening defeat.The Arizona Cardinals, coming
    off an NFC runner-up finish with all kinds of star power on both sides of the
    ball, have stunned themselves with their underperformance in this steadily
    spoiling season.Xavier Rhodes took back one of his two interceptions 100 yards
    for a touchdown and Cordarrelle Patterson returned the second-half kickoff 104
    yards for a score for the Vikings in a 30-24 victory over the Cardinals on
    Sunday that stopped their four-game losing streak.We have some situations where
    we made it a lot tougher on ourselves, said Larry Fitzgerald, the Minneapolis
    native who fell to 0-5 in his hometown. The mindset is not going to change. Were
    still in the thick of it.The schedule isnt going to get easier. The Cardinals
    (4-5-1) have four road games remaining.Palmer, who passed for 198 yards and two
    scores, was off the mark for much of the afternoon and had no time to find
    anyone on the final two possessions. The Vikings sacked him four times and the
    Cardinals netted only 27 yards after halftime.Youre on the road in a tough
    environment, Palmer said, and this one we really wanted, really needed.The
    Vikings (6-4) faced the same urgency, though. They held onto their first-place
    tie with Detroit in the NFC North, with a rematch against the Lions looming in
    four days. After scoring twice each on defense and special teams during their
    NFL-best 5-0 start, the Vikings failed to produce a return touchdown over their
    last four games until this breakthrough.The Cardinals climbed within six with
    David Johnsons third-down catch with 7:24 remaining. The Vikings revved up their
    pass rush, though, and sealed the critical victory.I dont know if its an exhale.
    It definitely gives you a little bit of confidence, gets things back feeling
    normal a little bit, defensive end Brian Robison said. We needed that
    one.Takeaways from the game:DUAL-THREAT DAVID: The Vikings have been vulnerable
    against versatile running backs, and Johnson is as good as they get. He rushed
    for 103 yards and a score and tacked on 57 yards and a touchdown receiving,
    giving him 10 straight games with 100-plus yards from scrimmage.Johnson was
    resting on the sideline in favor of Andre Ellington during the drive late in the
    second quarter that ended with the end-zone interception by Rhodes.He had just
    had two long drives, coach Bruce Arians said. Andre needs to play too.ABOUT THAT
    INTERCEPTION: The Cardinals argued to no avail that John Brown was being held
    bby Captain Munnerlyn before Rhodes picked off Palmer .dddddddddddd Brown said
    Palmer made a great throw that he wouldve caught without the contact, but he had
    barely turned around when the ball was in the air.Im sure well turn that into
    the league, Palmer said, and Im sure theyll come back and say it was
    holding.While Arians was not in the mood to discuss the officiating at all after
    the game, his son Jake -- who kicked for the Buffalo Bills in 2001 -- sent out a
    tweet with an obscenity directed at the NFL and its officials.SPECIAL
    PERFORMANCE: In addition to the touchdown from Patterson , the fifth of his
    career to match Percy Harvin for most in team history, the Vikings also
    benefited from a 72-yard punt from Jeff Locke that pinned the Cardinals at their
    13 with 2:20 left, a 23-yard punt return by Marcus Sherels that set up their
    first touchdown and three extra points and a 27-yard field goal from new kicker
    Kai Forbath.That was enough to render moot a blocked extra point.Pattersons
    celebration wasnt quite as smooth as his return. He accidentally knocked a fans
    drink over in the process of jumping into the seats.Im going have to owe that
    person, Patterson said. So if he finds me, just let me know. Two beers next time
    I see him.The Vikings are the first team since the 1962 Dallas Cowboys to have a
    100-yard interception return touchdown and a 100-plus yard kickoff return
    touchdown in the same game. The Cowboys Amos Marsh had a 101-yard kickoff return
    touchdown and Mike Gaechter had a 100-yard interception return touchdown in
    Dallas 41-19 win over Philadelphia.MORE THAN A THIELEN: Sam Bradford went 20 for
    28 for 169 yards and no interceptions for the Vikings, with a touchdown pass on
    their first drive to Adam Thielen that was originally ruled incomplete but
    overturned when the Vikings successfully challenged that he landed both feet in
    bounds.With Patrick Peterson following Stefon Diggs, holding him to 35 yards on
    five catches, Thielen and Patterson became the go-to targets for Bradford.
    Thielen, who went undrafted out of NCAA Division II Minnesota State, has become
    a sure-handed safety blanket in Bradfords first season with the Vikings with 518
    yards and three scores. Asked if hed heard of Thielen before arriving in
    Minnesota, Bradford blushed.Can I choose not to answer that one? he said,
    smiling.---For more NFL coverage: and Dave Campbell on Twitter: ' ' '