The Minnesota Vikings (5-1, 3-0 Home) will be looking to add to their winning streak when they host the Arizona Cardinals (3-4, 2-1 Away) at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday. The Vikings are 3.5-point favorites, and the total is 49.
Arizona is coming off a 42-34 win over the New Orleans Saints at State Farm Stadium last Thursday. Kyler Murray was 20 of 29 for 204 yards and a touchdown. Eno Benjamin ran 12 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. DeAndre Hopkins was targeted 14 times, catching 10 passes for 103 yards.
Minnesota won for the fourth straight game on October 16, beating the Miami Dolphins 24-16 at Hard Rock Stadium. Kirk Cousins threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Dalvin Cook carried 13 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. Justin Jefferson was targeted eight times, hauling in six receptions for 107 yards.
The Cardinals won the only game between the teams last season, a 34-33 victory in September. Kyler Murray threw three touchdowns for Arizona. Kirk Cousins tossed three touchdowns for Minnesota.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Cardinals are averaging 22.3 points per game for the season, 15th in the NFL, and they are facing a Vikings defense that has surrendered 19.7 PPG (12th). Meanwhile, Minnesota has scored 23.2 points a game this season, 13th in the league, and Arizona is allowing 25.1 PPG (27th).
The Cardinals rank 18th in the league in passing yards per game (239.9) and 13th in rushing (121.9). The best opportunities are likely to come through the air, as the Vikings are 29th in the league in passing yards allowed per game (288.7).
Against the run, Minnesota is 14th (112.5). Minnesota is 11th in the league in passing yards per game (256.3) and 25th in rushing (97.8), while the Cardinals are allowing 271.9 passing yards (25th) and 101.1 rushing yards per game (6th).
Through seven games, Kyler Murray has thrown for seven touchdowns (4 INT) and 238.1 yards per game to lead Arizona in passing. In three away games this season, he has three TDs (3 INT) and an average of 235.3 yards passing.
Eno Benjamin leads the team in rushing with an average of 37.9 yards a game over seven games. He has two touchdowns on the ground. Marquise Brown is the Cardinals’ leading receiver with 80.8 yards a game and three TDs.
He is averaging 7.2 receptions on 10.7 targets per game. Kirk Cousins has nine passing touchdowns (5 INT) with 250.3 yards per game through six games to lead Minnesota. In three home games this season, he has thrown for five TDs (1 INT) and an average of 277.7 yards.
Dalvin Cook has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 75.0 yards a game through six games. He has four touchdowns. Justin Jefferson has been a star in the Vikings’ aerial attack. He has two touchdowns and a 109.0 yard per game average through six appearances. Justin Jefferson is averaging 10.5 targets per game (7.7 receptions).
HOME AND AWAY
Minnesota has yet to lose at home this season in three games.
SportsTips’ NFL Pick:
Minnesota Vikings (-190)
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