Cardinals vs. Vikings: Week 2 NFL Betting Preview – September 19, 2021

Posted By Staff on September 19, 2021

A Week 2 matchup sees the Arizona Cardinals (1-0) take on the Minnesota Vikings (0-1). The Cardinals (-3.5) take the field on September 19, 2021 at 4:05 PM ET on FOX against the Vikings (+165 on the moneyline to win). Oddsmakers have installed a point total of 51 points for the matchup.

Before making a bet on this game, read this article where we surface the best available odds and break down everything you need to know about the matchup — including key metrics, injuries, weather, and more.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of September 19, 2021, 3:12 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

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Cardinals Vs. Vikings Weather

The weather forecast for Glendale on Sunday is dry (scattered clouds) and relatively calm (10 mph winds), with a high temperature of 97 degrees Fahrenheit (as of 3:12 PM on September 19). But this contest could be played indoors because State Farm Stadium has a retractable roof.

Cardinals Vs. Vikings Injury Report

Arizona Injuries

Player Pos. Injury Status
Kelvin Beachum OT Ribs Probable
Jack Crawford DE Undisclosed Out
Jordan Phillips DE Undisclosed Out
Dennis Gardeck OLB Knee Out
Antoine Wesley WR Covid-19 Out
Devon Kennard OLB Hamstring Out
Joshua Miles OT Gameday Inactive Out
Eno Benjamin RB Gameday Inactive Out
Chris Streveler QB Gameday Inactive Out
Luq Barcoo CB Gameday Inactive Out
Tay Gowan CB Gameday Inactive Out

Minnesota Injuries

Player Pos. Injury Status
Anthony Barr OLB Knee Out
Bisi Johnson WR Knee (acl) Out
Irv Smith Jr. TE Knee Out
Dan Chisena WR Undisclosed Out
Kene Nwangwu RB Knee Out
Christian Darrisaw OT Groin Out
Jaylen Twyman DT Upper Body Out
Janarius Robinson DE Lower Body Out
Kellen Mond QB Gameday Inactive Out
James Lynch DT Gameday Inactive Out
Chazz Surratt LB Gameday Inactive Out
Everson Griffen DE Concussion Out
Eric Kendricks ILB Quadriceps Probable
Harrison Hand CB Hamstring Out

Cardinals Offense Vs. Vikings Defense (2020)

Cardinals Offense Stats (Rank) Vikings Defense
25.6 (13) Points/Gm 29.7 (29)
0.38 (16) Points/Play 0.46 (29)
384.6 (6) Yards/Gm 393.3 (27)
256.4 (18) Pass Yards/Gm 266.7 (22)
139.8 (7) Rush Yards/Gm 134.4 (27)
5.7 (14) Yards/Play 6.1 (27)
7.1 (19) Yards/Pass 7.9 (27)
4.7 (8) Yards/Rush 4.6 (22)
39.6% (21) 3rd Down % 39.5% (10)
65.5% (10) Red Zone % 58.6% (11)
21 (17) Turnovers 22 (10)
29 (11) Sacks 23 (28)

Vikings Offense Vs. Cardinals Defense (2020)

Vikings Offense Stats (Rank) Cardinals Defense
26.9 (11) Points/Gm 22.9 (12)
0.42 (10) Points/Play 0.35 (9)
393.3 (4) Yards/Gm 351.9 (13)
266.6 (12) Pass Yards/Gm 246.8 (14)
142.7 (5) Rush Yards/Gm 125.5 (22)
6.2 (4) Yards/Play 5.3 (8)
8.3 (2) Yards/Pass 6.9 (8)
4.9 (4) Yards/Rush 4.6 (22)
40.9% (16) 3rd Down % 39.6% (12)
71.2% (6) Red Zone % 51.8% (3)
23 (23) Turnovers 21 (18)
39 (20) Sacks 48 (4)

When The Cardinals Have The Ball (2020)

  • The Cardinals had the sixth-ranked offense in the NFL in yards per game last season (384.6). They face a Vikings defense that was ranked 27th, giving up 393.3 yards per game.
  • Arizona had the seventh-ranked rushing offense in the NFL last year (139.8 yards per game), and will be up against the 27th-ranked defense in that category from a year ago, as Minnesota allowed 134.4 per game.
  • The Cardinals were No. 11 in the league in sacks conceded last season (29), up against the pass rush ranked 28th, the Vikings’ (23).
  • Arizona’s 13th-ranked scoring offense averaged 25.6 points per game last season. Minnesota had the 29th-ranked scoring defense (29.7 ppg).

When The Vikings Have The Ball (2020)

  • The Vikings averaged 4.9 yards per rushing attempt last season (fourth in NFL), and the Cardinals allowed 4.6 (22nd).
  • Minnesota’s running game ranked fifth in the NFL a season ago (142.7 yards per game). Arizona allowed 125.5 rushing yards per game (22nd).
  • The Vikings’ pass protection resulted in 39 sacks conceded last year, 13th-most in the league. The Cardinals’ defense totaled 48 (fourth-most).
  • Arizona’s defense ranked 13th in yards conceded per game last year (351.9), while Minnesota’s offense was fourth in the league at 393.3 yards per game.

Cardinals Betting Trends And Insights

  • Arizona covered seven times in 16 matchups with a spread last season.
  • When playing as at least 3.5-point favorites last season, the Cardinals had an ATS record of 3-3.
  • Arizona and its opponents combined to go over the point total five out of 16 times last season.
  • Arizona’s 16 games last season went over this contest’s total of 51 points six times.
  • The Cardinals won 50% of the games last season they were favored on the moneyline (5-5).

Vikings Betting Trends And Insights

  • Minnesota won six games against the spread last season, while failing to cover 10 times.
  • The Vikings had an ATS record of 3-3 when playing as at least 3.5-point underdogs last season.
  • Minnesota and its opponents combined to go over the point total 11 out of 16 times last season.
  • Minnesota played 12 games last season that had more than 51 combined points scored.
  • The Vikings were underdogs seven times last season and won twice.

Cardinals Players To Watch

  • Kyler Murray threw for 3,971 yards (248.2 per game) while completing 67.2% of his passes (375-for-558), with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last year. He also carried the ball 133 times for a team-high 819 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 51.2 yards per game.
  • Last year James Conner rushed for 721 yards on 169 carries (45.1 yards per game), with six rushing touchdowns.
  • Last season DeAndre Hopkins grabbed 115 passes for 1,407 yards (87.9 per game) while scoring six touchdowns.
  • Christian Kirk’s stat line last year showed 48 grabs for 621 yards and six touchdowns. He put up 38.8 yards per game.
  • A.J. Green caught 47 passes for 523 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 32.7 yards per game.
  • J.J. Watt showed out with an impressive stat line of 5.0 sacks, 16.0 TFL, 68 tackles, and one interception last year.
  • In last year’s campaign, Jordan Hicks racked up 158 tackles, 11.5 TFL, and one interception.
  • Last season, Budda Baker hauled in two interceptions and added 146 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks, and six passes defended.

Vikings Players To Watch

  • Kirk Cousins threw for 4,265 yards while completing 67.6% of his passes last season, with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions (266.6 yards per game).
  • Dalvin Cook ran for a team-best 1,557 yards on 312 attempts and 16 touchdowns a season ago. He also averaged 22.6 receiving yards per game, grabbing 44 passes for 361 yards (another team high) and one TD.
  • Last season Alexander Mattison ran for 434 yards on 96 carries (27.1 yards per game), with two rushing touchdowns.
  • Last year Justin Jefferson hauled in 88 passes for 1,400 yards (87.5 per game) and seven touchdowns.
  • Adam Thielen contributed with 925 yards on 74 catches and 14 touchdowns. He was targeted 108 times, and averaged 57.8 receiving yards last year.
  • Last season Everson Griffen put up 6.0 sacks, 8.0 TFL and 48 tackles.
  • Eric Kendricks’ 2020 campaign saw him total 145 tackles, 4.5 TFL, and three interceptions.
  • Harrison Smith picked off five passes while adding 124 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, and 10 passes defended a season ago.

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