NFL Week 8 Betting Preview: Arizona Cardinals At Minnesota Vikings

Written By Brett Gibbons on October 28, 2022
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The Arizona Cardinals (3-4) visit the Minnesota Vikings (5-1) on Sunday, Oct. 30. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. EST from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis and will be broadcast on FOX. The Vikings are home favorites and the Cardinals are on the moneyline. Cardinals Vikings odds feature an over/under set at .

In this article we break down everything you need to know before placing a bet on the game, including team matchups, key metrics, and the best available odds.

Cardinals Vikings Odds: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under

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Cardinals At Vikings Betting News & Angles

Vikings Vs. Cardinals Injury Report

Minnesota Injuries

PlayerPos.InjuryStatus
Jalen NailorWRHamstringProbable

Arizona Injuries

PlayerPos.InjuryStatus
Christian MatthewCBHamstringQuestionable
Rashard LawrenceDTShoulderOut
Trayvon MullenCBHamstringQuestionable
Darrel WilliamsRBKneeQuestionable
Dennis GardeckOLBAnkleQuestionable
James ConnerRBRibsQuestionable
Matt PraterKHipQuestionable

Vikings Offense Vs. Cardinals Defense

Vikings OffenseStats (Rank)Cardinals Defense
23.2 (13)Points/Gm25.1 (27)
0.4 (3)Points/Play0.4 (19)
339.8 (18)Yards/Gm359.7 (22)
242.0 (10)Pass Yards/Gm258.6 (25)
97.8 (25)Rush Yards/Gm101.1 (6)
5.4 (15)Yards/Play5.8 (22)
6.3 (19)Yards/Pass7.1 (23)
4.3 (20)Yards/Rush4.3 (12)
38.7% (18)3rd Down %41.6% (21)
59.1% (11)Red Zone %57.1% (17)
6 (4)Turnovers10 (9)
11 (5)Sacks11 (27)

Cardinals Offense Vs. Vikings Defense

Cardinals OffenseStats (Rank)Vikings Defense
22.3 (15)Points/Gm19.7 (12)
0.3 (15)Points/Play0.3 (3)
343.1 (15)Yards/Gm384.5 (27)
221.3 (17)Pass Yards/Gm272.0 (28)
121.9 (13)Rush Yards/Gm112.5 (14)
4.9 (29)Yards/Play6.0 (27)
5.4 (32)Yards/Pass7.9 (32)
4.5 (15)Yards/Rush4.3 (12)
33.7% (28)3rd Down %34.7% (7)
54.5% (15)Red Zone %80.0% (32)
5 (2)Turnovers10 (9)
16 (21)Sacks17 (10)

Cardinals At Vikings Betting Insights

Why The Vikings Can Cover The Spread

The Vikings are both at home and coming off a bye. Kickoff locally is at 12:00 p.m. CT and 10:00 a.m. PT, which is local time for the Cardinals, one of just two early window kickoffs for them on the year. That setup is one for an offensive letdown for the Cardinals. Their pass defense is far from intimidating and the Vikings are due for a get-right offensive showing.

A bet for the Vikings to cover is more of a bet against the Cardinals. It took three interceptions– two housed for touchdowns and one in the end zone– from Dalton for Arizona to win on Thursday Night Football. Against a much better QB and better-coached team, we just can’t expect the same outcome.

Why The Cardinals Can Cover The Spread

Arizona falls on the right side of a field goal to have a reasonable shot at a cover. 20% of NFL games finish with a three-point differential, the most of any number. This 20% is known as the “push rate” and is an invaluable crutch for handicapping football lines. This is a tough spot situationally for the Cardinals as a road underdog. However, the Minnesota defense hasn’t been all that sound, either.

Kyler, now reunited with DeAndre Hopkins, and the rest of the Cardinals offense should be able to move the football.

Reasons To Bet The Over

When playing indoors, the factor of a sloppy weather game goes out the window. In the case of both Minnesota and Arizona– two teams that love to attack the perimeter– that’s a huge boost to the offenses. Neither defense has any real strength to point to that suggests one can shut down the other’s offense. Of course, this isn’t a secret to oddsmakers and the total is set accordingly. This game boasts one of the highest over/unders on the week, but 49 points isn’t an astronomical number.

Reasons To Bet The Under

In seven games, Arizona’s combined to go over 49 points three times. In six games, Minnesota’s also combined to go over 49 points three times. While previous outcomes are a flawed way of predicting matchups, scoring in the NFL is severely down. Coaching gaffes, particularly from the Cardinals, have proven to have sent this offense into a tailspin.

Neither team is so well-coached or packed with talent that they’re adverse to stinkers of weeks. Both have shown that this season, with the Vikings not yet having scored 30 points and the Cardinals being held under 20 points three times.

Cardinals At Vikings Props: Matchups To Watch For

Kyler Murray Vs. Vikings Goal Line Defense: Through six games this year, the Vikings have given up three rushing touchdowns to quarterbacks: two to Jalen Hurts in Week 2 and one to Taysom Hill (who was lined up at QB) in Week 5. They came in rushes of two, three, and 26 yards. This season, Kyler only has five rushing attempts inside the five yard line, but two of those went for touchdowns. Lead back James Conner missed last week with a rib injury and his availability is instrumental in how many carries Kyler gets around the goal line.

Kirk Cousins Vs. Cardinals Secondary: Only five teams have allowed more passing yards on the season than the Cardinals. On their resume, Arizona allowed 360 yards and five TDs to Patrick Mahomes and– despite housing two interceptions– 361 yards and four TDs to Andy Dalton. Against Cousins and Jefferson, Arizona may be due for another big day given up through the air.

Final Thoughts

Rolling the dice on Kyler Murray this season has been a rollercoaster ride. For every Raiders game you get, you also get a Seahawks game. Inconsistent is the definition of the Cardinals 2022 season. Situationally, this game is a mess for them– it’s in the early window, they come in with a rest disadvantage, there’s really no way I’d bet on the Cardinals here.

What is intriguing is the player props. I’m looking to get in on a Kyler Murray Anytime TD prop given the Vikings’ propensity to give up rushing TDs to mobile QBs around the goal line and injuries to Arizona’s backfield.

And we didn’t even mention Call of Duty drops Friday before the game.

Best of luck betting Cardinals Vikings odds.

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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