A pair of teams who fancy themselves as playoff contenders are set to meet head-to-head in Week 2. After dropping their season-opener as NFL betting favorites on the road, the Minnesota Vikings now must travel west. They’ll take on an Arizona Cardinals team that rolled to a convincing win in their opener last Sunday. The NFL odds are in favor of the home team, with a lot of points expected in this Vikings vs Cardinals NFL betting matchup.
The following Vikings vs Cardinals NFL betting preview will give you the current odds, betting trends, stream and picks for the Week 2 matchup.
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Vikings vs Cardinals Week 2 NFL Betting Preview
NFL Regular Season — Week 2 Game
Minnesota Vikings (0-1, 0-1 Away) vs. Arizona Cardinals (1-0, 0-0 Home)
Date: Sunday, Sep. 19, 2021
Time: 4:05 p.m. EST
Venue: State Farm Stadium — Glendale, AZ
Coverage: Click here for the stream
Minnesota Vikings Preview
Week 1 ended in disappointment for the Vikings. After rallying in the fourth quarter to send their opener against the Cincinnati Bengals into overtime, Minnesota surrendered a game-winning field goal in the extra period. After being short NFL betting favorites for that game, the Vikings now find themselves on the other side of the spectrum for this Week 2 tilt. While the offense showed an ability to move the ball last week, Minnesota struggled to contain the bevy of pass-catchers in the Bengals’ offense.
Although it ended in a loss, Kirk Cousins put together a very impressive Week 1 stat line. The veteran QB finished with 351 yards passing and two scores. Both touchdowns were caught by Adam Thielen, who had nine total receptions for 92 yards. Given that the Vikings were trailing for much of the game, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see the passing stats inflated. In fact, Cousins finished with a whopping 49 pass attempts. Defensively, the Vikings were at least able to apply pressure, leading to five total sacks as a team.
Arizona Cardinals Preview
Despite going off as an NFL betting underdog on the road for their season-opener, the Cardinals looked like anything but. Arizona dismantled the Tennessee Titans 38-13 in Week 1. They quickly jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. It was easily one of the most surprising outcomes of the weekend. Of course, when you have Chandler Jones registering five sacks on his own, you have to like your chances when it comes to the result of the game itself.
The Cardinals’ defense was supremely impressive in shutting down a loaded Titans offensive attack. Not to be outdone, Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray threw for nearly 300 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those went to star wideout DeAndre Hopkins, who finished with 83 yards on six receptions. The other two went to Christian Kirk, while rookie Rondale Moore also had a strong NFL debut. Running backs Chase Edmonds and James Conner combined to eclipse 110 yards rushing as well.
Vikings vs Cardinals Odds and Spread
NFL betting odds for Vikings vs Cardinals are taken from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: MIN: (+176) | ARI: (-210)
Spread: MIN: +3.5 (+100) | ARI: -3.5 (-120)
Total: 51 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Public (Spread) Betting Percentages via oddsFire: MIN: (24%) | ARI: (76%)
Vikings vs Cardinals NFL Betting Trends
- The Vikings are 0-1 ATS and 1-0 to the over this season.
- The Cardinals are 1-0 ATS and 0-1 to the over this season.
- Vikings are 5-1 SU in their last six head-to-head matchups against the Cardinals.
- The total has gone over in five of the Cardinals’ last six home games.
- The total has gone under in four of the last five Vikings vs Cardinals head-to-head matchups played in Arizona.
Vikings vs Cardinals Stats
- Minnesota is averaging 24.0 points per game (PPG) this season (No. 17 in the NFL).
- Minnesota is surrendering 27.0 PPG this season (Tied for No. 17 in the NFL).
- Arizona is averaging 38.0 PPG this season (Tied for No. 2 in the NFL).
- Arizona is surrendering 13.0 PPG this season (Tied for No. 3 in the NFL).
Vikings vs Cardinals Prediction
The Vikings vs Cardinals NFL betting prediction uses the NumberFire Picks tool.
Vikings +3.5: 53.4%
Cardinals -3.5: 46.7%
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