Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals Odds & Pick
NFL Football Week 2
Date/Time: Sunday September 19th, 2021. 4:05PM (EST)
Where: State Farm Stadium Glendale, A.Z.
Point Spread: MIN +4.5/ARI -4.5
Over/Under Total: 51
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The Arizona Cardinals embarrassed the Tennessee Titans in their season opener in week 1. The Cardinals entered Nissan Stadium as mere 3 point underdogs but controlled the game from start to finish. QB Kyler Murray showed off his elusiveness to combine for five total touchdowns. The Cardinals defense also surprisingly shut down running back Derrick Henry and the rest of the Titans’ talented offense. By all accounts, it was an eye-opening performance by Arizona, which highlighted the team’s potential. Now the question is, can the Cardinals consistently perform at the level we witnessed in week 1? Perhaps the answer to that question will come on Sunday when Arizona hosts the Minnesota Vikings at State Farm Stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings will enter Glendale fresh off a 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals. Unlike some of the other losses that I witnessed last week, I am more confident that Minnesota will right the ship sooner than later. The Vikings made a lot of mistakes in the 1st half against the Bengals but rallied in the 2nd-half to tie the game. If not for a Davlin Cook fumble in overtime, they would have likely pulled out the victory. Simply put, the Vikings made too many mistakes. However, they have plenty of talent on both sides of the football, and they are going to compete throughout the year. I’m expecting the public will be heavily on the Cardinals in this Week 2 showdown, which is evident by the early money indicators. I am here to warn bettors that the match-up is not ideal for Arizona, and the Vikings may be the sharp play that is warranted.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals Betting Analysis
Last week, the Tennessee Titans failed to get pressure on QB Kyler Murray, and that is something that cannot happen for opposing defenses looking to conquer Arizona’s offense. If Murray is not pressured, he is likely a better version of Michael Vick with big-time dual-threat ability. Under pressure, Murray still struggles heavily with decision-making and consistency. This is one of those match-ups where you cannot look at last week’s results but have to pay close attention to the match-up. After several off-season moves and players returning from injuries, the Vikings defensive front is really stout and will likely win the majority of battles against Arizona’s front. With the lack of running threat in Arizona’s backfield, I’m expecting Minnesota to come with aggressive blitzes off the edges and force Murray into quick throws.
While Arizona has one of the best receivers in the game in DeAndre Hopkins, I’m not confident we will see the offensive explosion that we saw in last week’s opener. Meanwhile, the Vikings would love to avoid the numerous first-half mistakes from their loss to the Bengals, which changed the expected game script. The Vikings like to focus on the running game and then use their running success to open up opportunities in the passing game. Last week, Vikings QB Kirk Cousins attempted 49 passes which is completely out of the norm. While Cousins performed well, completing 36 of 49 passing for 351 yards with two touchdowns, rest assured the Vikings want to control the pace of the game this week. As a result, I’m expecting a lower scoring game, and I think that favors Minnesota!
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Vikings vs. Cardinals Betting Trends
- The Cardinals are 3-7 ATS in their last ten games
- The Cardinals have hit the “under” in six of the last eight games
- The Cardinals have hit the “under” in 12 of the previous 14 games in September
- The Vikings are 12-3 SU against Arizona in the last 15 meetings (last meeting 2018)
- The Vikings are 0-8 ATS in their last eight games
- The Vikings are 1-6 SU in the last seven games in September
- The Vikings have hit the “over” in 8 of the previous 12 games
Jay’s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: I like the under 51 and would recommend a small play on Minnesota +4.5. Did you know that you could be wagering on games at -105 odds instead of -110? End that problem TODAY and make the switch to BetAnysports! You’ll be so happy you did!
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