Minnesota, 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS (against the spread) in its last seven meetings in Minnesota, was a six-point favorite at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com earlier this week.
And they face a Cards team that has been hot and cold lately, usually cold on the road, as their 3-14 SU (straight up) mark indicates.
Since starting the season off 3-0 SU and ATS with upset wins over Seattle, New England, and Philadelphia, the Arizona Cardinals have seemingly fallen back down to earth a bit. The Cardinals are 0-3 ATS in their last three games and have lost their last two games to St. Louis and Buffalo outright.
The defense is still playing outstanding (allowing just 16.2 points per game), but with a passing and rushing attack both ranked in the bottom five in the league right now (and injuries to running back Ryan Williams and quarterback Kevin Kolb), the offense is in bad shape.
The Minnesota Vikings’ hot start also hit a snag last week with a 38-26 loss to the Washington Redskins. Minnesota went into that game with three straight wins both SU and ATS and hadn’t given up more than 23 points in any game all season, but the Vikings had no answer for Robert Griffin III.
Stopping Arizona’s offense at home should be a much easier task for this solid defensive unit.
On paper, this one has the makings of a defensive struggle. Both teams have been strong on defense all season, and neither offense has been particularly explosive. That being said, Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin give Minnesota a noticeable edge on offense, and being at home should help as well.
Minnesota is 11-3 SU and 9-5 ATS in its last 14 meetings with the Arizona Cardinals, and this looks like a good spot for the Vikings to add to those winning numbers. Arizona is just 3-14 in its last 17 road games, and John Skelton hasn’t done anything to inspire much confidence on offense.
PICK: Minnesota -6 (courtesy of PickShark.com)
All odds, stats and trends mentioned courtesy of OddShark.com. Mike Pickett is a Contributor to Bleacher Report.