The Minnesota Vikings will give it a go again after losing in Week 1. Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals are looking so good after their Week 1 performance. Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Minnesota Vikings vs Arizona Cardinals Regular Season Week 2 Game on September 19, 2021
Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale
When: Sunday, September 19, 2021, 4:05 PM ET
TV Broadcast: FOX
Betting on the Minnesota Vikings (+4.5)
Regular Season Record: 0-1
The Vikings fell prey to the Cincinnati Bengals in a 27-24 overtime loss on the road last Sunday. If the Vikings have any dreams of reaching the playoffs this season, the success of that will greatly rely on whether their offensive line can do its job. Kirk Cousins passed for 351 yards and two touchdowns on 36/49 completions against the Bengals, but he was sacked three times for a loss of 26 yards. That doesn’t sound promising heading into the matchup against the Cardinals, whose pass rush was borderline medieval in Week 1. Even just a minor improvement in pass protection can go a long way for Minnesota’s passing attack which thrived in spite of the offensive line issues against the Bengals. It helps that Cousins has plenty of dangerous weapons around him like Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson, Dalvin Cook, and the emerging KJ Osborn, who came out of nowhere to record 76 receiving yards on seven catches in Week 1. Minnesota’s defense looked better after taking Joe Burrow to the ground five times. It has to be just, if not more, effective in Week 2 to contain Kyler Murray in the pocket.
The over is 4-0 in the Vikings’ last four games overall.
Betting on the Arizona Cardinals (-4.5)
Regular Season Record: 1-0
The Cardinals took off right away. They did not any mercy on the Tennessee Titans last Sunday, as Arizona scored a 38-13 road win over Mike Vrabel’s team. The Cards punched the Titans in the mouth and kicked Tennessee in the body with an explosive offense and a merciless defense. Kyler Murray passed for four touchdowns and ran for one more. Meanwhile, the tandem of JJ Watt and Chandler Jones was something else in Week 1. Especially Jones, who finished the game with five sacks. How would the Vikings stop Jones and Watt? The Vikings’ issues on the offensive line don’t look like they can be repaired in a matter of days, and it’s just bad timing for them that they’ll be playing against Arizona’s defense that crippled Tennessee’s passing attack and allowed Derrick Henry to rush for just 58 yards on 17 carries.
The Cardinals are 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five games after allowing fewer than 15 points in the previous contest.
The Cardinals win, 31-22.
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