Arizona Cardinals at Minnesota Vikings - 10/14/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Cardinals (1-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-2-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -10 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings meet Sunday in NFL action at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Arizona Cardinals have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since the end of last season. The Arizona Cardinals have split their last six road games. Josh Rosen is completing 49.2 percent of his passes for 386 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Rosen has two touchdown passes and zero interceptions in his last two games. Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald have combined for 410 receiving yards and one touchdown while Ricky Seals-Jones has 10 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 64.6 yards per contest, and David Johnson leads the way with 242 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 22.4 points and 391 yards per game. Budda Baker leads the Arizona Cardinals with 48 tackles, Chandler Jones has four sacks and Tre Boston has two interceptions.
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The Minnesota Vikings need a feel good victory here to build on an odd 2-2-1 start to the season. The Minnesota Vikings have won six of their last seven home games. Kirk Cousins is completing 71.2 percent of his passes for 1,688 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. Cousins has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 12 games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 991 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 23 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 65.8 yards per contest, and Latavius Murray leads the way with 106 yards on 30 carries. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 26.2 points and 378 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 34 tackles, Danielle Hunter has five sacks and Harrison Smith has one interception.
The Cardinals are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Vikings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in October, 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 45-21 ATS in their last 66 games overall. The Cardinals are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Minnesota, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the underdog is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
The Arizona Cardinals were able to win outright last week in the underdog role, but they're a team overall that's shown little to nothing offensively and has a rookie quarterback in Rosen who is still on a short leash in terms of opening up the offense. The Minnesota Vikings haven't looked like the Super Bowl contenders we expected to see, but the defense is still aggressive and Cousins has made enough plays when he has to, keeping this team in games. The Arizona Cardinals have failed to cover five of their last seven games as a double-digit underdog. The Minnesota Vikings are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games when favored by double digits. I'm never the guy to quickly lay big numbers, but the Cardinals simply aren't a good football team, and I fear for this offense against the Vikings defense at home, which is a madhouse. I have no choice but to eat the chalk.