A battle of the quarterbacks looks likely as Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals face Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings.
Arizona looks to remain perfect following its Week One win. The Vikings are looking to bounce back after a gut wrenching loss last week.
Game: Minnesota Vikings (0-1) at Arizona Cardinals (1-0)
Location: State Farm Stadium
Date: Sunday, Sept. 19
Time: 4:05 p.m. ET
Minnesota has won the last two meetings by a combined 16 points, including a 27-17 win in 2018. It has won four of the last five, but the teams have changed drastically since the most recent meeting.
Arizona’s most recent victory came in 2015 when winning 23-20 at home.
Next game: vs Seattle Seahawks
The Vikings were the -3 favorites to beat Cincinnati last week, but despite a late comeback, they couldn’t get the job done.
They turned around a seven-point halftime deficit to take the game to overtime when Greg Joseph kicked a 53 yard field goal to tie the game at 24-24.
The field goal also secured the over 47 points for totals bettors, which was a bad beat for those who backed the under.
— Rick Sosa (@sosarick) September 14, 2021
Las Vegas NFL odds were in favor of the Vikings beating Joe Burrow and the Bengals, but they were outplayed for most of the game. Kirk Cousins did enough to impress by going 36-of-49 for two touchdowns, but scoring 24 points against the Bengals defense isn’t going to impress coach Mike Zimmer.
Defensively, Zimmer thought the Vikings were solid.
“Defensively we played pretty good,” Zimmer told Vikings.com. “And quite honestly, a lot of times you make a bad call, and (the players) make up for it because they do a good job making a play.”
Running back Dalvin Cook had only 61 yards from 20 carries, so he was well maintained. Bettors in the camp of the Vikings will be hoping for a much better running game against the Cardinals.
Anthony Barr and Christian Darrisaw are in doubt to suit up on Sunday. Barr has a knee injury and Darrisaw injured his groin.
Wide receivers Chad Beebe and Dan Chisena will likely miss time, which could leave Cousins without two backup receivers.
Next game: vs Jacksonville Jaguars
The sportsbook had the Cardinals vs Titans completely wrong for the opening week. The Cardinals were +2½ underdogs, but played like they should have been the raging hot favorites.
Arizona covered the spread by 28 points in the 38-13 victory, which was established with a dominant 24-6 halftime lead.
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— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 14, 2021
Despite what bookmakers thought of the Cardinals before the season started, they showed that they are a force in the NFC West. It’s a tough division with the likes of the 49ers, Rams and Seahawks, but the Cardinals were the most impressive in Week One.
Kyler Murray showed why he’s a dynamic quarterback with four touchdowns. He linked up with DeAndre Hopkins for two touchdowns.
The defense was also a talking point; allowing the Titans just 13 points on two touchdowns. The Titans also had only 248 yards in total, which pales in comparison to the 416 yards for Arizona.
Offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum and tight end Darrell Daniels are in doubt to play on Sunday.
The Cardinals are one of the healthier teams after the opening week.
Betting on the Game
Playing at State Farm Stadium should provide the Cardinals with a boost, and we don’t think the Minnesota Vikings will enjoy the conditions.
It will be hot in Arizona, and we saw how the heat affected the likes of the Green Bay Packers when playing in Florida against the New Orleans Saints.
We expect a similar storyline this week, so our NFL picks against the spread are firmly in the camp of the Cardinals. Not only did they look incredible against the Titans, but that win came on the road.
Playing at home could add more points to their value, and we thought bookmakers would have the line around the seven-point mark. The -4½ means they will likely need to win by a touchdown, but we’re happy to take the line available.
We don’t see much value betting on the Vikings, who we’re expecting to struggle. They are the +180 moneyline underdog for a reason, so we don’t see any reason to take them with the points.
Kyler Murray is brimming with confidence following his Week One performance, and we predict his comradery with DeAndre Hopkins will only continue to improve throughout the season.
There hasn’t been a lot of early action in points spread markets and we’re unlikely to see much throughout the week. The 4½ line is right in the fun zone, and it’s easy for bettors to be caught on the fence. However, we are confident the Cardinals can score a comfortable win and make a fool of bookmakers for two weeks running.
The Cardinals are -220 to win the game, which is getting short. We think there is better value in the points spread markets.
Minnesota is +180, which is a value price for a team desperate to square the season at 1-1. If there was no points spread option, we would lean towards the Vikings at +180 for pure value reasons. However, we don’t see much value in betting this market for this situation.
The current line is 51 and our NFL predictions expect a high scoring game. We should see both offenses shine, and considering they scored 62 combined points last week, it trends towards the over 51.
Over is 4-0 in the Vikings last four games and 4-0 in the Cardinals last four games after allowing less than 250 yards in their previous game.
It should be a close run thing, but we’re happy to take the over.