NFL Betting Preview
Minnesota Vikings (8-5) at Arizona Cardinals (8-5)
Sunday, 4:05 pm Eastern – FOX
SBG Global Opening Line: Cardinals – 3 , Total 47
The Arizona Cardinals may have clinched the NFC West and a playoff spot but they are not going to be resting players this week against the Minnesota Vikings. “We’ve got to improve our seed,” Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “That’s the first and foremost thing. … That’s what these next three weeks are about; putting ourselves in the best position we can going into the playoffs. We can officially now say we’re in the playoffs. Now we want to get into the best spot that we can.” SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Cardinals at Home.
The Vikings are in a good position to win the NFC North and with a win over Arizona and a loss by the Bears they would clinch their first playoff spot in three years. Minnesota will probably have to win on Sunday with Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback since Gus Frerotte is still recovering from a back injury that forced him out of last week’s game. Jackson played well in relief of Frerotte last week in the win over Detroit but has never been very effective as a starter.
Arizona has no issues at quarterback as Kurt Warner is having an MVP type season. He threw for 279 yards last week in the win over the Rams as Arizona improved to 5-1 at home this season. The Cardinals are 11-3 at home since Whisenhunt took over as head coach in 2007.
The last meeting between the Vikings and Cardinals occurred two years ago in Minnesota as the Vikings won 31-26. Here are the NFL betting stats for Sunday’s game. The Vikings are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
The Vikings are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Vikings are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. the NFC. The Vikings are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in December. The Vikings are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between the two teams.
The Cardinals are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Cardinals are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games in December.
SBG Global Current Line: Cardinals – 3 , Total 46.5
The Over is 5-2 in the Vikings last 7 games overall. The Over is 5-2 in the Vikings last 7 road games. The Over is 7-1 in the Cardinals last 8 home games. The Over is 11-2 in the Cardinals last 13 games in December. The Over is 25-10 in the Cardinals last 35 games overall. The Over is 38-18 in the Cardinals last 56 vs. the NFC.
Pick: Cardinals 4 out of 5 units