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NFL Week 14: Vikings vs. Cardinals TNF Betting Preview

Vikings vs. Cardinals Week 14 NFL Betting PreviewMinnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals

Kick-Off: Thursday, December 10th 2015 at 8:25pm ET
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
TV: NFL Network

THIS isn’t a match-up many would have had circled to begin the season, but the Minnesota Vikings 8-4 (9-3 ATS) and Arizona Cardinals 10-2 (7-5 ATS) are two of the best teams in the NFC.

Arizona are on a 6-game winning streak and have nearly locked up the NFC West. Minnesota are on a 1-2 run with losses to Seattle (38-7) and Green Bay (30-13), which begs the question, are the Vikings falling apart or will they continue fighting GB for first place in the NFC North?

Vikings vs. Cardinals money line, point spread and over/under odds

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Here are the Vikings vs. Cardinals week 14 betting lines.

Bettors have been split on the point spread up to this point, but it’s early in the week still. Early action has been coming in on the under, so don’t be surprised if the game total drops below kick-off.

Stats snapshot

Let’s take a look at how these two teams match-up on paper.

Minny have a great run game and defense, but they’ve struggled to score. Arizona have had no problems scoring points or keeping opposing offenses from scoring, which is why they’re such big favorites.

Injuries

Arizona are starting to get banged up a bit. Chris Johnson is sidelined for the season and Andre Ellington is likely to miss this week’s game again. Jermaine Gresham is out too, plus Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown are listed as probable and will play. The Vikings have players banged up, including Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson, but none are expected to miss time. Minnesota are healthier, but the Cardinals are just fine.

Vikings vs. Cardinals week 14 picks

The point spread is a little high in this match-up. I wouldn’t be surprised if the line drops below a TD before kick-off either, so jump on the Vikings while you still can. Arizona likely gets the win at home, but they won’t cover ATS. With Johnson and Ellington at RB for Arizona, they’ll be giving most of the touches to David Johnson. He had a good game last week, but isn’t someone I’d trust to torch opposing defenses on a weekly basis.

Minnesota have one of the best secondary units in the NFL too, so Palmer isn’t going to have a monster game with 350+ passing yards. The Vikings will still need to find a way to score points, which worries me a bit, as they aren’t allowing Bridgewater to do much with the football. At the end of the day, this line is an overreaction to the Vikings blow out loss against the Seahawks and I expect to see a more motivated Minny team on TNF.

We have seen the total drop a bit already since opening and the over/under will continue to drop. I’d get on this line now if you want to bet on under. We have two teams ranked in the top 5 in points allowed here and the Vikings know they only stand a shot at winning by keeping the score low. They won’t win a shootout on the road, but they’ll attempt to chew up clock with the run game and keep it within a TD.

There’s no point looking at the head-to-head trends, as they won’t help either in this match-up. The last time these two teams played each other was in 2012. This is a game where you have to make a stand. Will Palmer and the Cardinals passing attack continue to air it out successfully or will the Vikings 6th ranked passing defense be able to limit Arizona? I’m laying my money down on the Vikings defense to stand up this week.

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