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Minnesota Needs Win over Arizona, Preview, Line, Pick

The Arizona Cardinals will host the Minnesota Vikings on NFL Thursday Night Football in an NFC battle that has playoff implications for both teams.

The current line has Arizona favored by 7.5 points with the over/under point total sitting on 46.5.

Minnesota coming into this game has an overall record on the season of 8-4 straight up and 9-3 against the spread. The Vikings on the road are 4-2 SU and 5-1 ATS.

Arizona entering this game has an overall record of 10-2 SU and 7-5 ATS. The Cardinals on the road are 4-1 SU and 2-3 ATS.

Minnesota lost 38-7 last week to Seattle and now faces the top team in the NFC West. Adrian Peterson the star running back for Minnesota created controversy following the loss by saying Minnesota was both out played and outcoached by Seattle.

Arizona enters this game riding a six-game winning streak after knocking off the St. Louis Rams last week 27-3. It is the first time in 67 years the Cardinals are 10-2 on the season. Arizona has a lead of three games over Seattle in the division and a lead of two-games for the second seed in the conference.

Peterson leads the league in rushing with 1,182 yards but last week gained 18 yards on 8 carries. Minnesota this week will look to run the ball behind Peterson, in order to eat up the clock and keep Arizona’s offense, which is No. 1 in the league, off the field.

Minnesota’s defense had given up 20 points to 9 opponents but has allowed 30 points or more in two of its past three games.

Carson Palmer the veteran quarterback leads a Cardinals offense that leads the league in points scored averaging 31.8 per game. His 29 passes for touchdowns is second in the league while he has 3,693 yards passes

Larry Fitzgerald is Palmer’s favorite target and is now the youngest NFL player to reach the 1,000-reception threshold.

Palmer will tie the Arizona franchise record for touchdown passes with his next one.

Peterson needs just 18 yards to reach the 1,200-yard rushing plateau for the seventh time in his nine seasons in the league.

Fitzgerald has 8 receptions or more in five straight games.

Lean here toward Arizona. The Cardinals offense will be too much for the Vikings defense and Arizona’s defense will successfully shutdown the running attack of Minnesota.