Vikings vs Cardinals Thursday Night Football Betting Preview

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The Minnesota Vikings are 8-4 on the season and in contention for a playoff berth in the NFC, but they’re still pegged as fairly heavy underdogs on the road against the Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings opened as 7-point road underdogs and have slipped to 7.5-point underdogs at some sportsbooks as they look to shake off a stretch of the season that has seen them get tagged with two losses in their past three games.

That run began three weeks ago when Minnesota fell 30-13 at home to the rival Green Bay Packers as a 1-point favorite. The Vikings then beat the Atlanta Falcons 20-10 on the road as 2-point underdogs, but last week they were thumped 38-7 at home by the Seattle Seahawks as 3-point underdogs on the betting lines.

That has Minnesota 8-4 straight up but 9-3 against the spread on the season, and totals bettors have watched them go 2-8-2 on the OVER/UNDER through 12 games and 1-4-1 on the OVER/UNDER in their last six outings.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, are 10-2 SU and 7-5 ATS on the season and holding down a three-game lead on the Seahawks in the NFC West standings heading into Thursday night’s game. And Arizona is riding a six-game SU winning streak which they capped off with a 27-3 victory at St. Louis last week where they easily covered the 3.5-point spread.

The Cardinals are also moving up on the odds to win Super Bowl 50, as they sit at +550 on those latest futures behind only the Carolina Panthers (+400) and New England Patriots (+450). The Vikings, despite being tied for their division lead with the Packers, are back at +4000 on the latest Super Bowl 50 odds.

Arizona and Minnesota last met back in October 2012 according to the OddsShark NFL Database, with the Vikings winning 21-14 as 7-point home favorite in a PUSH result on the betting lines that day. The Cardinals are just 2-8 SU and 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 games against the Vikings dating all the way back to 1997.

Kickoff for the game at University of Phoenix Stadium is set for 8:25pm ET. Check out the complete Vikings vs Cardinals matchup report at OddsShark.com.

Written by Clay Travis

OutKick founder, host and author. He's presently banned from appearing on both CNN and ESPN because he’s too honest for both.