This 2015-16 NFL Regular season is winding down as we enter into Week 14 and a Thursday Night Football game with the NFC-North Vikings of Minnesota 8-4 playing at the NFC-West Cardinals of Arizona 10-2 with the game being played at the University of Phoenix in Glendale, Arizona with the kick-off scheduled for 8:30 PM ET and seen on NFL TV.
If you Bet on NFL then you should know that the Vegas odd for this game, have the Cardinals the favorites at -7 ½ +105 with the Over/under at 45 ½, while the Vikings are the underdogs at +7 ½ -125 and with no early Money Lines available.
The Rams have continued to win lately, as this past Sunday they beat the Rams of St. Louis and extended their win record to 6 straight. Now they seek to continue as they face the Vikings who had a tough loss to the Vikings this past Thursday, but still have playoff hopes.
If you happen to be a fan of the 8-4 Vikings of Minnesota we presume you know that this past Sunday the Seattle defense shut down your star RB A. Peterson as the routed the Viking 38-7 in that game. However, even with the loss the Vikings remain in the picture for the playoffs, and will seek to stay there with a win over the Cardinals on Thursday night since in their last 5 games at Phoenix they are with 3 wins and 2 losses, which goes back to the 1995 season.
Yes, your star RB Peterson was limited to just 8 carries of the ball for a season low of 18 yards rushing, and things may not improve too much for him against Arizona since the rank 4th in defense against the rush, but that may allow the Viking passing game to excel.
The Vikings QB T. Bridgewater also struggled in the game with the Seahawks as he passed for a mere 119 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game as he completed 17 of his 28 passes and had 1 interception. He also did not have much help from his offensive line that allowed him to be sacked 4 times in the game, and he has been sacked on 14 occasions in the ultimate 4 games to date.
The real question facing the Vikings is how they will stop the high powered Cardinals offense, but actually to date they have fared well against the majority of teams this season, as the rank 2nd in the league in scoring defense as they have only allowed 17.4 points each game in 2015.
For the fans of the 10-2 Cardinals of Arizona, your team was shy some of their top offensive players, but were still able to be the Rams of St. Louis in that road game 27-3. Thus, they now are back at home for this game with Minnesota where in their ultimate 10 games are with 8 wins and 2 losses and that dates back to October of 2014.
Your Cardinals are displaying their offensive talent as they have for the best part of this 2015 Season, and their win over the Rams was a result of QB C. Palmer who passed 356 yards and 2 touchdowns to receiver J. Nelson and RB D. Johnson. So with team injuries RB Johnson stepped up as he carried 22 times for 99 yards, and backup RB K. Williams also stepped in and had 6 carries for 60 yards and 1 TD. Thus, in this game the Cardinals will more and likely look to RB Johnson to pick up needed offensive yardage.
The sportsbook prediction for this NFC game sees the Vikings making a comeback offensively and beating the Cardinals in a very close game 27-24!