Minnesota Vikings vs Arizona Cardinals Prediction, 9/19/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 2
Game: Minnesota Vikings vs Arizona Cardinals
Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021
Location: State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinals (-4.5)
The Arizona Cardinals (1-0) will try to beat the Minnesota Vikings (0-1) at State Farm Stadium on Sunday. Arizona opens this contest as 4.5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 51.
The Minnesota Vikings come into this matchup with a record of 0-1 for this year. In their last game, the Vikings faced the Bengals and took a loss by a final of 27-24. Kirk Cousins went 36/49 with 351 yds passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 106.8 and finished the contest without throwing a pick. Adam Thielen averaged 10.2 yards per catch by totaling 92 yards on 9 catches. Dalvin Cook was the rushing leader for the Vikings with 20 carries for 61 yds (3.1 yards per carry). On the day, they ran 75 plays for 403 yards. The Minnesota Vikings ran the football 22 different times and accounted for 67 yds, which is an average of 3.0 yards per attempt. On the ground, the Vikings conceded 149 yards on 36 attempts, which is 4.1 yards per rush allowed. Minnesota allowed 20 pass completions on 27 attempts for 217 yds, and a completion rate of 74.1%.
When talking about scoring points, the Minnesota Vikings are sitting at 24.0 points per contest. As a team they're averaging 67.0 yards in the run game which is 27th in the league. The Vikings have racked up 403 total yards for the season. Minnesota has earned 16 first downs as a unit, and they have committed 12 infractions for 116 yards.
Regarding yards through the air, the Vikings have surrendered 217 yards which ranks them 10th in football. They have given up 217.0 yards per game via the pass as well as conceding a completion percentage of 74.1%. Over the course of this season, they have surrendered 366.0 yards/contest putting them 12th in the NFL. They are allowing 4.1 yards per rushing attempt and 149.0 rushing yards per game this season. Overall, they have conceded 149 rushing yards through 1 outing. The Vikings rank 17th in the NFL concerning team defense, conceding 27.0 points per game.
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The Cardinals head into this game 1-0 for this season. When they last played, the Cardinals took home the win by a final score of 38-13 against the Titans. James Conner carried the ball 16 times for 53 yards, finishing the contest with 3.3 yds per attempt for Arizona. DeAndre Hopkins was one of the featured targets for the Cardinals, bringing in 6 passes for 83 yds (13.8 yds per catch). Kyler Murray (4 TDs) ended the contest with 289 yards on 21/32 through the air while his QB rating was 121. He threw 1 interception and his longest pass completion was 38 yds. Arizona conceded 22 attempts on the ground for 86 yards (3.9 yds per carry). The Cardinals passing defense conceded a completion percentage of 61.1%, surrendering 162 yards on 22 out of 36 passing. The Cardinals finished the contest with a total of 416 yards and they ran 67 plays (6.2 yards per play). Arizona ran the ball for 4.1 yards per carry, finishing the game with 136 yds on 33 carries.
The Arizona Cardinals average 416.0 yards/contest which is good for 11th in football. They maintain an average of 136.0 run yards per game. The Arizona offense has compiled 59 yards of penalties on 8 violations, which has them ranked 7th in the league in terms of hurting your team. For the year thus far, the Cardinals have racked up 280 passing yards, which has them ranked 13th in the NFL. In terms of this team's ability to score points, the Cardinals are sitting 3rd in the league averaging 38.0 PPG.
The Cardinals are surrendering 13.0 PPG, which puts them in 3rd of all teams in the NFL. Arizona has conceded a total of 86 yards via the ground game. They have surrendered 1 touchdown from the passing game in addition to 162.0 yards/game, which puts them in 4th in the league. The Cardinals defense taken the field for 64 plays, which ranks them 15th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Vikings/Cardinals NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Minnesota +4.5
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