Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings - 11/20/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Cardinals (4-4-1) at Minnesota Vikings (5-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -2.5 -- Over/Under: 40 See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Cardinals head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in week 11 NFL action.
The Arizona Cardinals improved to 4-4-1 with a narrow 23-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Carson Palmer had his highest yardage output of the season with 376 yards on 30 of 49 passing with a touchdown and 2 interceptions. David Johnson led the Cardinals with 55 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Larry Fitzgerald put up a game-high 12 receptions for 133 yards on the night while Michael Floyd also joined the 100-yard club on the night with 5 catches for 101 yards while David Johnson also caught 5 balls out of the backfield for 46 yards and a 2nd all-purpose touchdown on the night. Defensiely, the Cardinals held San Fran to 281 yards of total offense while sacking San Fran QB Colin Kaepernick 3 times courtesy of Calais Campbell and a pair of sacks from Chandler Jones highlighted the performance.
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The Minnesota Vikings lost their 4th straight game to fall to 5-4 following a 26-20 defeat at the hands of the Washington Redskins. Sam Bradford completed 31 of his 40 passes for 307 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. The Vikings backfield failed to show up once again, as Jerick McKinnon led the Vikes with just 16 yards on 6 carries. Matt Asiata handled the ball 9 times for 13 yards, however one of them was a 1-yard punch in on the goal line for a touchdown. It’s hard to believe, but Stefon Diggs’ 13 catch, 164 yard performance in week 10 was his 2nd best of the season, but he had more yardage and got his name on the score sheet when he pulled in 9 for 182 and a touchdown, still impressive nonetheless. Kyle Rudolph was next with 5 receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown while Adam Thielen pulled in 3 catches for 21 yards and a touchdown of his own. Defensively, it was yet another lackluster performance that contributed to the losing streak, as Minnesota allowed 388 yards of total offense while bringing Redskins QB Kirk Cousins down just once in the game. The lone highlights came in the form of a Linval Joseph forced fumble that Everson Griffen recovered to go along with the previously mentioned sack from Danielle Hunter.
Arizona is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. the NFC while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 road games. Minnesota is 36-15 ATS in their last 51 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. the NFC while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
Minnesota looks like they’re falling off a cliff right now, where nothing can go right no matter what they do. Arizona is at least winning games they should win and is still chasing down Seattle for the division lead. Minnesota could use the home field to snap out of their funk but they’re unbackable for me until I see signs of change.
Take the Cardinals.