The Arizona Cardinals went on the road and crushed the Tennessee Titans 38 – 13 in Week 1, dominating the game on both sides of the ball and serving notice that they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2021. They sacked Titans’ quarterbacks six times for 56 yards in losses and held the Tennessee offense to 248 total yards and 3.9 yards per play.
All four NFC West teams were victorious on Sunday, while Minnesota lost 27 – 24 at the Bengals as time expired in overtime after coming back from a 10 point fourth-quarter deficit, giving the NFC North an 0 – 4 record in the opening weekend of the NFL season. The Vikings were able to rack up over 400 yards in total offense, but two interceptions by quarterback Kirk Cousins and a Dalvin Cook fumble gave life to the Bengals despite Minnesota sacking Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow five times for 44 yards in losses.With all that being said, let’s have a look at our NFL Betting analysis for the upcoming matchup between the Vikings and Cardinals on Week 2 of the 2021 Season.
NFL Betting Preview for Vikings vs Cardinals
Vikings vs Cardinals Betting Odds
The Cardinals host the Vikings at 4:05 pm on Sunday as 3 ½ point favorites, with both teams carrying odds of -110 against the spread. On the moneyline, Arizona is at -195, and Minnesota has odds of +165 with an over/under the line of 51.
Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview
The start of the season continues the woeful 7 – 9 record that the Vikings experienced in 2020 when they lost four one-possession games and gave up 40 or more points in three others. Cousins threw for 351 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but the Vikings ran for only 67 yards in the loss.
Defensively, Minnesota was pounded on the ground, giving up 127 yards and a touchdown to Bengals running back Joe Mixon. Second-year Burrow completed 74% of his passes for two touchdowns and averaged 9.7 yards per attempt, creating enough balance to keep the Vikings off balance, despite producing a modest 366 yards in total offense.
Arizona Cardinals Betting Preview
In 2020, the Cardinals came within a tiebreaker of qualifying for the playoffs, and based on Sunday’s road win against the defending AFC South champions; they are in a position to make a run at the postseason in the 2021 season. Third-year quarterback Kyler Murray was 21 for 32 and threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns against the Titans, showing signs that he is ready to break out and lead the Cardinals in the way they thought he could by taking him with the overall number one draft pick in 2019.
Linebacker Chandler Jones was a one-man wrecking crew with five sacks and another four tackles for loss. The Titans were never in the game as the Cardinals jumped out to a 17 – 0 lead and went into halftime ahead 24 – 6, eventually outgaining the home team 416 to 248 and sending a message to the rest of the league.
Vikings vs Cardinals Prediction
If Arizona’s dismantling of Tennessee wasn’t a one-off demonstration of strength on both sides of the ball, then the 3 ½ point line isn’t even close to accurate. The Cardinals’ offensive efficiency and defensive prowess point to them winning the game and beating the spread.
Prediction: Arizona 30 Minnesota 24
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