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Arizona blew the doors off of Tennessee in the season opener and is now hosting a team from the same tier in the face of Minnesota. It appears that the Cardinals are all-in to win it this year so it’s no surprise that they are favored in their home opener. Our team has explored the odds and all the betting possibilities and is sharing our thoughts below. Check out the lines of that game.
The Best bet on the Arizona vs Minnesota match is on the spread
The Cardinals are -3.5 @ -110 at home and we love it. No, this is not a square bet as we are not blindly betting on the favorite. We are also aware that the Vikings will definitely look to bounce back after that overtime loss to the Bengals.
Still, we are talking about a team defense that held its opponents to only 248 total yards in week 1 and is currently second in the league in that metric. What’s more, the Cardinals also had 6 sacks in that game. Their offense scored 38 points on 416 total yards.
Yes, we know Minnesota has a decent linebacking corps but their defense is the only middle of the pack with 5.4 opponent yards per play allowed. We simply don’t see how the Vikings can stop the versatile attack that Cliff Kingsbury has built. Additionally, Kirk cousins will have a hard time dealing with pressure in the pocket coming from Chandler Jones and JJ Watt. Cardinals by 4 sounds like a very reasonable bet.
Cardinals vs Minnesota: What else is there to bet?
We also like the total in this match. Even though we are looking to bet the Cards to cover the spread, that doesn’t mean that the Vikings cannot score points. The current O/U for the totals is 50.5 @ -110. Our experts think that the conditions are perfect for the teams to go over the total.
First of all, the total has gone over 5 times in the last 6 games that the Cardinals played at home. Additionally, the team can put up points in a hurry. Last week’s 38-point performance against a decent defense on the road is the proof.
The Vikings managed to score 24 against a good secondary so we see no reason why they won’t repeat it again. Especially with the firepower that the team possesses. Apart from the points, the Vikings had a 403-yard performance last week and 1 turnover which could have decided the game in their favor in regular time.
Go with the over 50.5 @ -110.
Players to watch
Justin Jefferson: It’s time the young wide receiver woke up. It took him a couple of weeks last season too.
AJ Green: Green is the X-factor for the Cardinals. People think he’s over the hump, but Green can be a real threat in the red zone.
Bonus picks for the ARZ vs MIN match
- Player receiving yards: Christian Kirk – over 41.5 @ -120
- Player Interceptions: Kirk Cousins – over 0.5 @ +120
- Winning Margin: ARZ Cardinals 7-12 @ +475
What do people ask about the Cardinals vs Vikings match?
- Where is the game taking place? – At State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ
- Will Minnesota score a rushing touchdown? – Dalvin Cook is among the top 5 running backs in the league so it is highly likely.