The Minnesota Vikings and the Arizona Cardinals meet in NFL action from State Farm Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Minnesota Vikings will look to bounce back from a 27-24 OT loss to Cincinnati in their last game. Kirk Cousins threw for 351 yards and 2 touchdowns on 36 of 49 passing while Dalvin cook rushed for 61 yards and a touchdown. Adam Thielen had a team-high 9 receptions for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns while K.J. Osborn had 7 receptions for 76 yards and Justin Jefferson hauled in 5 balls for 71 yards. Defensively, Eric Kendrics led the Vikes with 15 total tackles including 7 solo tackles while Nick Vigil had a team-high 8 solo tackles and a sack. Michael Pierce added a pair of sacks while Harrison Smith and Danielle Hunter each had a sack as well in the defeat.
The Arizona Cardinals will look to build on their 38-13 romp over the Tennessee Titans in their last game. Kyler Murray threw for 289 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception on 21 of 32 passing while also rushing for a TD as well. Chase Edmonds had 63 rushing yards on 12 carries and James Conner added 16 touches for 53 yards. DeAndre Jopkins and Christian Kirk each had two TD grabs, with Hopkins logging a team-high 6 grabs for 83 yards while Kirk had 5 catches for 70 yards. Rondale Moore added 4 grabs for 68 yards as well in the win. Defensively, Isaiah Simmons had an interception while also leading the Cardinals with 9 total tackles including 7 solo tackles. Chandler Jones was also a monster logging a whopping 5 sacks in the winning effort.
Minnesota is 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in September while the over is 9-0 in their last 9 games following a loss. Arizona is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games while the under is 12-5 in their last 17 games as a favorite.
These two teams each had some interesting performances to start the year and without question, Arizona’s was more impressive. However, I wouldn’t write the Vikings off so quickly and as long as you’re not playing primetime with Kirk Cousins, you’re probably good. Either way, I think both offenses show up on Sunday and give us a high-octane affair that pushes us over the number.