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Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings 8/26/2023 Picks, Odds and Prediction

Cardinals (4-13 last season) vs. Vikings (13-4 last year)

Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings Sox 8/26/2023 — The Arizona Cardinals maintained a point production rate of 20.0 PPG. Their collective rushing performance ranked them 22nd in the National Football League, with an average of 110.2 rushing yards per game. Over the course of the previous year, the Cardinals managed to accumulate a total of 5,499 yards. Within this period, Arizona achieved 189 first downs but also accrued 118 penalties resulting in 916 yards in penalties. Their fumble count stood at 8, and they experienced 25 turnovers (17 interceptions). Arizona secured 15 rushing touchdowns and an additional 17 touchdowns through the air.

Conversely, the Vikings excelled in point production, securing the eighth position in the NFL with an average of 24.9 points per game. Their prowess extended to their passing game, as the Vikings ranked sixth in the league with a total passing yardage of 4,484 and an average of 263.8 passing yards per game. Their ground game yielded 1,661 rushing yards, averaging 97.7 yards per game. Impressively, the Minnesota Vikings secured the seventh position in the league with an average of 361.5 yards per game. While their offense was effective, they also incurred 88 penalties amounting to 684 yards, ranking them 24th in the league for free yards gained. They tallied 244 first downs while recording 15 interceptions and 8 lost fumbles.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings Game Info

Time: 1:00 PM ET.

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN



Cardinals QB David Blough and Vikings QB Kirk Cousins

A.J. Green hauled in 3 receptions for 91 yards, showcasing an impressive average of 30.3 yards per catch. David Blough successfully completed 14 out of 18 pass attempts, accumulating 180 yards and securing a touchdown. However, he faced challenges in the final game, with 2 interceptions impacting his performance and resulting in an 87.3 quarterback rating. The Cardinals’ defense encountered difficulties in the running game, allowing 169 yards across 37 carries, leading to an average of 4.6 yards per carry. When it came to pass completions, Arizona permitted 15 successful completions out of 20 attempts, culminating in 142 yards and a commendable completion rate of 75.0%. 

Kirk Cousins, who managed to secure 2 touchdowns, concluded the game with 273 yards after completing 31 out of his 39 passes. His impressive performance yielded a passer rating of 112.9. Notably, Cousins maintained a cautious approach, steering clear of any interceptions and achieving an average of 7.0 yards per pass attempt. Minnesota faced a challenge in their running attempts, with 30 such attempts accumulating 142 yards, equivalent to an average of 4.7 yards per carry. The Vikings’ pass defense yielded 289 yards, with 24 successful completions out of 35 attempts, resulting in a completion rate of 68.6%. Overall, the Vikings executed 56 plays, averaging 5.9 yards per play, ultimately amassing 332 yards. 

Odds/Point Spread: Arizona Cardinals +1.5, Total Odds: 36.5

The Cardinals’ defense ranked 31st in the NFL, allowing 26.4 ppg. They gave up 4.5 yards per carry and 118.6 rushing yards per game in the previous season. They allowed 2,016 running yards overall over 17 games. With 3,915 passing yards allowed, the Cardinals were rated 24th in the league. Over the course of their 17 games, they allowed a completion rate of 69.8% and 230.3 yards per game in the air.

Arizona Cardinals Betting Trends

  • Arizona is 2-8 SU in their last 10 games against the Vikings.
  • The Arizona Cardinals are 1-5 SU in their last 6 outings on the road.
  • The Cardinals are 0-10 SU in their last 10 games on the road against Minnesota.
  • The total went OVER in 6 of Arizona’s last 8 games against an opponent in the National Football Conference.

Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends

  • The total went OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 meetings with the Cardinals.
  • The total spilled OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 5 matches at home.
  • The Minnesota Vikings are 10-0 SU in their last 10 home games against Arizona.
  • The Vikings are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games with an NFC opponent.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends

Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings:  The Vikings and Cardinals have two practices scheduled against each other this week; most starters and other key contributors will likely not play in the game for either team Saturday. Minnesota is a slight favorite at this point, but that could change after announcing the playing time plans. If the Vikings start a majority of their second-string players rather than those deeper down the roster, they likely will get the win at home. 

Free Pick and Prediction: Arizona Cardinals will win 20-17.

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