Vikings vs Cardinals NFL Betting Game Preview (Dec. 10, 2015)
This Thursday’s NFL betting action features the Minnesota Vikings (8-4) traveling to take on the Arizona Cardinals (10-2). The Cardinals are 7.5-point favorites, and the over-under total is 45.5 points. The Cardinals have a strong grip on first place in the NFC West and would likely be heading to a #1 seed in the NFC fo rthe playoffs if the Carolina Panthers weren’t still undefeated. Last week, Arizona went to St. Louis and routed the Rams, 27-3. The Vikings had started 7-2 but have lost two of three, including a shellacking last week at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks strolled into TFC Bank Stadium and destroyed Minnesota, 38-7. The Seahawks were up 35-0 late in the third period, leading to an easy fourth quarter. The Vikings allowed 274 passing yards to Russell Wilson, and Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls rumbled for 101 yards and a touchdown. Viking nose tackle Linval Joseph missed the game with a foot injury and remains questionable for this week.
Teddy Bridgewater threw for just 118 yards and tossed an interception to Earl Thomas in the second quarter. Adrian Peterson carried the ball eight times… for a total of 18 yards. The Vikings only gained 125 yards on the day, their worst showing since they gained only 104 yards in 2006 at Green Bay.
Last week, the Cardinals went to St. Louis with only one of three running backs on the plane. Andre Ellington (toe) might return as rookie David Johnson’s backup, but Chris Johnson will remain out for the season with a leg fracture. Johnson ran for 99 yards, a career best, and caught two passes for 21 yards and a score. Quarterback Carson Palmer went 26 for 40 for 356 yards and two scores against a normally stingy Ram defense. Palmer has now thrown for 29 touchdown, just one back of the team record set in 2008 by Kurt Warner. The Cardinals were up only 10-0 at the half but blew things open in the second half.
I’m surprised at how low the over-under total is for this game. Minnesota’s defense could not stop Seattle — and the Seahawk offense isn’t as strong as the Cardinals’. Minnesot has permitted 68 points in the last two home contests, to the Packers and Seahawks. Arizona has not been that great on defense either, permitting 39 to Seattle. The Vikings will score more points than they did against Seattle, and the Cardinals could also get into the 30s. I’d like this game to go over — easily.
As far as the point spread goes, the Vikings have been Jekyll-and-Hyde lately. The Packers waxed them at home, and then they went on the road to beat a Falcons team that has more talent than their scorelines are indicating. Then they came back home to have the Seahawks deliver a beating. I like the Cardinals to win, but that 7.5-point line makes it tough. I don’t think this will be a rout, but I can still see the Cards winning by 10. If I have to pick one play to make here, though, I go over instead of picking a side with the spread.