Minnesota Vikings (8-4) at Arizona Cardinals (10-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 10, 2015, 8:25 PM (EST)|
The Line: Arizona Cardinals -7 -- Over/Under: 45
The Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals play a key NFC matchup Thursday night at U of Phoenix Stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings look for their fifth road victory to keep their lead in the NFC North. Teddy Bridgewater is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 2,398 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. Bridgewater has one touchdown pass in his last three games. Stefon Diggs and Mike Wallace have combined for 987 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 39 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 136.8 yards per contest, Adrian Peterson leads the way with 1,182 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 19.3 points and 342.3 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Vikings with 62 tackles, Everson Griffen has 7.5 sacks and Terence Newman has 10 pass deflections. Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith and Andrew Sendejo are questionable.
The Arizona Cardinals look for their seventh straight win to inch closer to locking up a top two seed. Carson Palmer is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 3,693 yards, 29 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Palmer has six touchdown passes in his last three games. Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown have combined for 1,864 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Michael Floyd has 35 receptions. The Arizona Cardinals ground game is averaging 120.2 yards per contest, and Chris Johnson leads the way with 814 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 19.3 points and 316.8 yards per game. Deone Bucannon leads the Cardinals with 80 tackles, Markus Golden has 2.5 sacks and Tyrann Mathieu has 14 pass deflections. Andre Ellington, Cory Redding and Frostee Rucker are questionable.
The Vikings are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games in December. The underdog is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
I don't trust the Vikings, as they're way too inconsistent and aren't getting much production from their quarterback. One week the Vikings look like NFC contenders, the next they're stinking the joint up at home. Meanwhile, the Cardinals in my eyes are the best team in the NFC and have everything they need to reach the Super Bowl.
I'm going with the team I trust more, and that's easily Arizona. I like the Cards here by double digits.