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Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings Prediction, Preview, and Odds
The 2019 NFL preseason continues with a tilt between the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings, and the hosts are hoping to maintain the perfect record and get their third victory of the summer. Only seven teams beside Minnesota managed to win both opening games in the preseason thus far, and the Vikings are the favorites to make it three out of three.
The Vikings were better in H2H encounters recently as they won seven of the last nine meetings, including the previous season’s regular game when it was 27-17 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
A poor first half cost the Cardinals a win over Oakland
The Arizona Cardinals opened the 2019 preseason with a tight win over the Los Angeles Chargers at home, but they couldn’t beat the Oakland Raiders in Week 2. They experienced a pretty slow start and were 26-0 down in the first half before Trent Sherfield caught the 40-yard pass from Brett Hundley for a touchdown to cut a deficit. Zane Gonzalez scored two field-goals to make it 26-13, but the visitors went up by 20 points after Mack Brown’s 3-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter. Charles Kanoff threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Andy Isabella, and Drew Anderson found Caleb Wilson in the end zone in the dying moments of the game to set the final score, 33-26.
Coach Kingsbury talks false start penalties, Kyler Murray's playing time on Saturday, and staying vanilla in the preseason. pic.twitter.com/kDbGlkiEfN
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) August 17, 2019
The top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Kyler Murray, experienced a slow start and he completed just three passes on eight attempts for miserable 12 yards. Other three quarterbacks recorded a passing touchdown apiece, and Brett Hundley led the bunch with 139 yards on ten completions. Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray will play at least the entire first half next Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings in both teams’ third preseason game, coach Kliff Kingsbury said Saturday. After the half, Kingsbury the Cardinals will “go from there” regarding Murray’s snap count. “We’ll see how the game is going,” Kingsbury said. “Love to get some positive plays early, some good drives going. Gotta eliminate those penalties and see where he’s at mentally, and we’ll go from there. But I expect him to play the most he’s played in the preseason.”
The Vikings beat the Seahawks thanks to a solid passing display
The Minnesota Vikings secured another preseason win, and after defeating the New Orleans Saints in Week 1, they beat the Seattle Seahawks at home in Week 2, 25-19. They recorded 272 passing yards in opposite to Seattle’s 145 while their running game was also better than the Seahawks’: 137-76. Kirk Cousins had 68 passing yards as he completes six of his eight attempts while Kyle Sloter and Sean Mannion combined for 204 yards and a couple of touchdowns.
Cousins stated that he is looking forward to more opportunities in this game.
“I think the challenge with the first two games is if you don’t start fast, don’t play well early, you feel like you had a horrible game, and in reality if you play four quarters maybe you don’t, it just took you longer to get going,” Cousins said. “So the nice thing with the third game is you have a little bit larger sample size in case you don’t start fast, but certainly we hope to and expect to start fast. We want to put together a good showing against their starters with a longer amount of time on the field.”
Mike Boone (66) and Alexander Mattison (41) led the team in rushing yards while Laquon Treadwell had four receptions for 47 yards. Minnesota’s WR1 Adam Thielen caught three passes on three targets for 45 yards.
But overall Coach Zimmer was pleased with tonight’s performance.https://t.co/kEnlDtKCRm
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 19, 2019
Cornerback Holton Hill was ejected from the game for his hit on Seattle’s quarterback Paxton Lynch, and head coach Mike Zimmer said that his defenders need to tackle quarterbacks in situations when they are runners. “Number one, we don’t want to see anybody get hurt so I told Pete that after the game. Sorry about his quarterback. Number two, he can’t drop his head. But saying that, when a quarterback is running an option, he ought to be fair game other than lowering your head and hitting him in the head. So if they’re going to let these quarterbacks be runners, then we should be able to hit them. He didn’t hit him legally but we need to hit these guys,” Zimmer said.
- 4-1 ATS in their last five games
- 4-1 ATS in their previous five games at home
- 4-2 ATS in their last six games against an opponent in the NFC conference
- 9-3 SU in their last 12 games against an opponent in the NFC West division
- Mike Zimmer is 15-7 (68.2%) ATS in preseason
- 3-6 ATS in their last nine games
- 1-6 SU in their previous seven games against Minnesota
- 0-8 SU in their last eight games when playing on the road against Minnesota
Updated on Aug 24 at 7:55am EDT
Update prepared by our editoral staff
Public Money / Line Movements
The Vikings have gone from -4.5 up to -6 and they have grabbed 76% of the bets. Some Sharp money appears to be on the side of the Cardinals or this line would be a bit higher.
Injury / Weather Report
Arizona’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: WR Chad Williams, LB Haason Reddick, OL D.J. Humphries, and RB D.J. Foster.
Out: WR Hakeem Butler, DB Robert Alford, OL Justin Pugh, and OL Max Garcia.
Minnesota’s Impact Injury Report
Questionable: DB Mike Hughes
Out: TE David Morgan
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Vikings are the favorites here, and they won six of the previous seven H2H duels while they are 5-0 in the last five H2H tilts at U.S. Bank Stadium. Coach Mike Zimmer will likely continue to include starters like Cousins, Thielen, Rudolph, and Diggs in the offense, and Arizona’s defense might find it hard to control Minnesota’s passing game. The Vikings are one of the most impressive teams so far in the preseason, and I am backing them to maintain their perfect record with another win on Saturday.
Prediction: Minnesota Vikings
Full-Game Total Pick
Minnesota scored 59 points in the previous two games, and I am backing them to get around 30 points in this one, which should be enough for Over in total points. However, I am worried about Arizona’s offense and whether they can provide enough points on the other end. The total has gone Over in six of Minnesota’s last eight games played in August while Over is 5-2 in Cardinals last seven road games, and that’s why I am going with Over here.