NFL Week 14’s Thursday Night tilt features the surging Arizona Cardinals facing a Minnesota Vikings team that just had their bell rung by the Seahawks. A win this week will push the Cards winning streak to 7 games. Only the perfect Panthers have more consecutive games in the NFC than Arizona. The Vikings have lost two of their last three both straight up and ATS by an average of 24 points. The game kicks off on the NFL Network this Thursday, December 10th at 8:25 PM from the U of Phoenix Stadium.
How To Bet The Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals NFL Week 14 Odds
The NFL week 14 betting odds favor the Cardinals by 7.5 points to beat the Vikings after opening at 7. The game total for your over/under bets opened at 45 and is currently at 46. The moneyline opened with Cardinals as solid favorites to win this game at -360. It has jumped to -400. While the Vikings’ opened as +320 underdogs and are at -310 now.
What: Minnesota Vikings (8-4) at Arizona Cardinals (10-2)
When: Thursday, December 10, 2015
Kickoff: 8:25 PM ET
Where: Glendale, AZ
Stadium: U of Phoenix Stadium
Spread: Cardinals -7.5
Moneyline: Minnesota +280 vs Arizona -350
Game Total: 45.5
Watch: NFL Network
Stream: NFL Network
Listen: Minnesota vs Arizona
Why Bet The Minnesota Vikings To Beat The Cardinals Odds at +7.5
The Minnesota Vikings are 8-4 straight up and 9-3 against the spread this season. They average 19.8 points (28th), 179.1 passing yards (31st), and 136.8 rushing yards (5th) per game. Last week, they suffered their second consecutive home loss at the hands of the Seahawks, The final score was a heartbreaking 38-7. The Vikings have won their last four road games SU and ATS, covering five in a row including a 23-20 loss to the Denver Broncos as seven-point underdogs on October 4.
“We’re not quite as good as we think we are,” said Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, whose team set season lows with nine first downs and 125 total yards Sunday.
Sophomore QB Teddy Bridgewater (2398 yards, 8 TDs & 8 INTs) growth has stunted this year and has been unable to find his talented pass catching talent. Down 21-0 at halftime, Minnesota essentially abandoned the run but Bridgewater went 17 of 28 for 118 yards with an interception, was sacked four times and failed to throw a TD for the second consecutive contest.
WR Stefon Diggs (42 rec, 626 yards, 2 TDs) and Mike Wallace (30 rec, 361 yards, 1 TD) are both explosive down the field pass catchers. Neither has scored a TD since week 9.
RB Adrian Peterson (245 att, 1182 yards, 8 TDs) had only eight touches for 18 yards against the Seahawks last week. It was Peterson’s worst game of the season since he recorded 31 yards in 10 carries in the first game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers. He is still the NFL’s leading rusher with 1,182 yards.
"We were outcoached in so many ways," Adrian Peterson said after the loss to the Seahawks. "And outplayed as players."
Minnesota’s defense allows 19.3 points (4th), 227.0 passing yards (6th), and 115.8 rushing yards (22nd) per game. Eric Kendricks has 62 tackles, Everson Griffen has 7.5 sacks, and Terence Newman has ten deflected passes.
Why Bet The Arizona Cardinals To Beat The Vikings Odds at -7.5
The Arizona Cardinals are 10-2 straight up and 7-5 against the spread this season. They average 31.8 points (1st), 299.3 passing yards (3rd), 120.2 rushing yards (8th) per game. Arizona could secure a playoff spot as early as this week, and would clinch the West with a victory and a Seattle loss or tie at Baltimore on Sunday. But even that might not bring enough gratification.
“We’re still looking to improve,” hard-to-please Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told the team’s official website. “I’ve got to find reasons to holler at them.
“There is time to look back on the journey and enjoy it but this isn’t it.”
QB Carson Palmer (3693 yards, 29 TDs & 9 INTs) is what makes the Cardinals a Super Bowl threat. He completed 26 of 40 passes for 356 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Rams. It was his eighth game with a passer rating of over 100.0.
“We’re held to a very high standard,” said Palmer, second in the NFL with 29 TDs and a 106.3 passer rating. “We’re coached extremely hard and we’re still shooting for a perfect game … That hasn’t happened yet.”
WR Larry Fitzgerald (91 rec, 1047 yards, 7 TDs) has adjusted to his new role as a slot receiver after spending years as the outside threat in Arizona. He had eight catches for 55 yards against St. Louis. WR John Brown (51 rec, 817 yards, 4 TDs) had six catches for 113 yards last week.
RB David Johnson (57 att, 238 yards, 4 TDs) has taken over the starting running back job with injuries to Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington. Johnson (196 att, 814 yards, 3 TDs) has a fractured tibia and is most likely out for the rest of the season. Andre Ellington (36 att, 247 yards, 3 TDs) is dealing with turf toe.
Arizona’s defense allows 19.3 points (4th), 228.0 passing yards (8th) and 89.0 rushing yards (4th) per game. Deone Bucannon has 80 tackles, Dwight Freeney has three sacks, and Tyrann Mathieu 14 deflected passes.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup
- Minnesota Vikings 5-1 On Road this season
- Minnesota Vikings 10-4 On Road since last season
- Arizona Cardinals 2-3 At Home this season
- Minnesota Vikings 4-1 As Underdog or PK this season
- Minnesota Vikings 12-5 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Arizona Cardinals 1-2 As Favorite past month
- Minnesota Vikings 5-1 When Line was 44.5 to 47.5 since last season
- Arizona Cardinals 4-1 O-U At Home this season
- Arizona Cardinals 5-2 O-U When Line is 45 to 48 this season
- Arizona Cardinals 4-2 O-U When Line was 44.5 to 47.5 this season
- Arizona Cardinals 6-5 O-U When Line was 44.5 to 47.5 since last season
- Arizona Cardinals 4-2 O-U vs Teams Averaging <21 PPG this season
The Vikings are 8-2 ATS in their last ten games following a straight up loss, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss, 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games in December, and re 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games.
The Cardinals are 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games following a straight up win, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 14, 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games in December, 19-7 ATS in their last 26 vs. NFC.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction:
The NFL week 14 betting odds favor the Cards for a reason. They are hot and playing at home. The Vikings’ are handicapped until Bridgewater can be enough of a offensive threat for opposing defenses to stop focusing on just AP. However, Minnesota has won 10 of the past 12 meetings, with the underdog going 5-1-1 ATS in the last seven. I don’t expect those trends to continue.