Minnesota Vikings vs Arizona Cardinals predictions

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Arizona Cardinals
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ARZ Cardinals Win -4.0

The Arizona Cardinals are coming off a big win at Tennessee and they will try to reach 2-0 on the young season when they contest their home opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. Arizona thumped the Titans 38-13 and was outstanding on both sides of the football. The visitors rushed for 136 yards, Kyler Murray completed 21 of 32 passes for 289 yards with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception, and they limited Derrick Henry to an anemic 58 yards on 17 carries.

That defensive performance does not bode well for the Vikings, whose offense goes through Dalvin Cook. In a 27-24 overtime loss at Cincinnati last week, Cook rushed for only 61 yards on 20 carries. That’s an alarming stat line against a Bengals defense that is not exactly spectacular. Kirk Cousins threw for 351 yards, but that’s because he attempted 49 passes as his team played from behind almost the entire way. It’s hard to see Cousins having as much success against an Arizona defense led by JJ Watt, Chandler Jones, Isaiah Simmons, and Budda Baker. Arizona is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 against opponents with losing records. The Vikings are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 overall, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 on the road, and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 against the NFC. Expect the Cardinals to win and cover.

Cardinals -4 available at time of publishing. Playable to Cardinals -5.5.

Minnesota Vikings
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$19.52
Arizona Cardinals
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Under 51.0

The Vikings had only 7 points with less than 3 minutes remaining in the first half against Cincinnati before they finally get going. Unless they can feature a much more balanced offense this weekend (which won’t be easy to do against a Cardinals defense that is superior to that of the Bengals), the Vikes will likely struggle the entire way. At the same time, Murray may not have as much success against Minnesota as he did at the expense of a porous Titans puss rush. The Vikings sacked Joe Burrow 5 times in Week 1.

The under is 17-3 in the Vikings’ last 20 Week 2 contests. It is also 4-1 in the Cardinals’ last 5 overall and 9-3 in their last 12 against the AFC. The under should be the play in this one.

Under 51 available at time of publishing. Playable to under 50.

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