The Minnesota Vikings hit the road this weekend to face the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 of the 2021 NFL season. Although the Vikings are coming off a 27-24 loss to the Bengals in their opening game, the team is eager to bounce back right away as they play their second away game of the calendar. Meanwhile, the Cardinals demolished the Titans in their first game. With a strong start, head coach Kliff Kingsbury and the rest of the team look forward to bringing a win in front of their home crowd this Sunday.
That said, NitroBetting gets you ready for the game through this Vikings vs. Cardinals preview. We equip you with essential information such as event details, team and player statistics, and the latest previews. Furthermore, we go the distance by providing timely betting trends and expert betting predictions that help you lock in on the best picks. Don’t forget to check the latest 2021 NFL odds at out online Bitcoin sportsbook.
Vikings vs. Cardinals Game Information
Chandler Jones is now one of 17 players in NFL history to reach 100.0 career sacks in their first 10 seasons. pic.twitter.com/GVS7rRN6tp— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 12, 2021
- When: Sunday, September 19, 2021, 4:05 PM ET
- Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
- TV: FOX
- Radio: KFAN FM 100.3 Sports (Vikings) / Arizona Sports 98.7 FM (Cardinals)
- Live Stream:NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: Minnesota Vikings (+4.0) / Arizona Cardinals (-4.0)
Why Bet on the Minnesota Vikings?
After missing out on the postseason last year, the Vikings are eager to make their way back into playoff contention. However, their narrow loss to the Bengals does not make for a good start. In their losing efforts, Kirk Cousins recorded 351 yards on 36-of-49 passing and 2 touchdowns. Dalvin Cook handled most of the rushing duties after the running back finished with 61 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, the receiving end was topped by Adam Thielen who had 92 yards on 9 receptions and 2 touchdowns. K.J. Osborn and Justin Jefferson listed over 70 receiving yards each and combined for 12 receptions.
On defense, Nick Vigil took charge as he closed the night with 10 tackles(8 solo) and a sack. Right behind him is Eric Kendricks with a grand total of 15 tackles (7 solo) and Bashaud Breeland with 7 tackles (5 solo).
The Vikings had a field day when it came to sacks as Michael Pierce documented a pair of sacks, while Danielle Hunter and Harrison Smith had one sack each on top of 12 combined tackles. When push comes to shove, it’s the Vikings’ defense that can make all the difference in this game.
Why Bet on the Arizona Cardinals?
The Cardinals are looking good following their 38-13 win against the Tennessee Titans last weekend. Kyler Murray showed his versatility as he recorded 289 yards on 21-of-32 passing, including 4 touchdowns and an interception. The 24-year-old quarterback imposed his presence on the field as he utilized the services of DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and Rondale Moore, who combined for 221 yards, 15 receptions, and 4 touchdowns.
Additionally, Chase Edmonds led the rushing side with 63 yards on 12 carries with Kyler Murray adding a rushing touchdown on top of 20 yards and 5 carries. In total, the Cardinals finished the game with 416 yards–168 more than their opponents.
However, it was Chandler Jones who stole the show that night. The outside linebacker managed to secure 6 solo tackles and 5 sacks. Isaiah Simmons did well and recorded a team-high 9 tackles (7 solo) and an interception. Michael Dogbe is the only other player to list a sack. If the Cardinals continue to perform like this, the Vikings have to step up and do better on both ends of the field.
Vikings vs. Cardinals Betting Trends
- The Vikings are 2-3 in their last 5 away games.
- The Vikings are 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 away games.
- The totals have gone over in 4 of the Vikings’ last 5 games.
- The Cardinals are 2-3 in their last 5 home games.
- The Cardinals are 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 home games.
- The totals have gone under in 4 of the Cardinals’ last 5 games.
Vikings vs. Cardinals Expert Betting Predictions
This is going to be a more comfortable contest for the Arizona Cardinals as they come in as favorites. After a strong showing in their opening game that puts light on the team’s consistency and a menacing defensive end, we expect them to give the Vikings a hard time. Nonetheless, Minnesota is not far off from covering the spread. If it improves on several areas of their offense and defense, they can keep the scoreline close. Winning might be a stretch, but a Vikings team firing on all cylinders is still a threat to any team.
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