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Vikings vs Cardinals Betting Odds - With or without Warner, Cardinals to lose

Posted by Stan Simmons on 12/2/2009 3:07:06 PM

NFL Odds: Pick Vikings

NFL lineThe Vikings vs Cardinals betting odds could be a matchup of last year’s NFC winner versus this year’s potential winner, but the Cardinals may be a little shorthanded for this game. If the Cardinals are without quarterback Kurt Warner this week, they’ll have a tough time topping the Vikings. But even with him in the lineup, online betting sharps should expect the Vikings to win.

Vikings vs Cardinals betting odds: NO LINE
WHAT: NFL betting
WHEN: Sunday, December 6th – 8:25 PM ET
WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
KEY STAT: 4-1 ATS in last five versus NFC West opponents

Vikings vs Cardinals betting odds maker breakdown: The Storyline
The Vikings have been one of the best teams in the NFC this year and a lot of people are curious to see how they deal with their perceived weakness. At 10-1, they’ve been extremely dominant this year, but their one supposed hole is their secondary. They might catch a break if Warner is out, though, as the Cardinals do have one of the best passing offenses around when he plays.

For Arizona, there were many doubters in the sportsbook as far as their attempts to repeat as NFC Champs, but so far, so good. Aside from a last second loss to the Tennessee Titans last week, the Cardinals have been excellent on the road, and they are now just a couple of wins away from clinching the division.

Betting Edge: Even

Vikings vs Cardinals betting odds maker breakdown: Offense
The Vikings offense is on a roll right now. Once again they’ll play in a dome, which is good news for MVP candidate Brett Favre. The Vikings need to get their running game going with Adrian Peterson, who’s had some fumbling problems recently; if he does start to play like the MVP we all know he can be, the Vikings will be legitimate Super Bowl contenders. With an offensive line that is protecting very well right now and receivers that are growing each week, the Vikings have a complete offense.

Meanwhile, Arizona’s offense is very dependent on Kurt Warner. NFL betting fans know that if he plays, the Cards offense can score with anyone. If Warner doesn’t play and they are forced into going with a backup like Matt Leinart, the team simply doesn’t have the same punch. It’s also worth noting that they’ve been far better on the road than at home this year.

Betting Edge: Vikings

Vikings vs Cardinals betting odds maker breakdown: Defense
Where the Vikings will have the edge is on defense. The Vikings defensive line is as good as it gets in the NFL with Jared Allen, Kevin Williams and Pat Williams leading the way. This unit is stifling and Allen is making big plays on a weekly basis. The secondary may have some trouble in coverage but they are a very physical unit. They’re going to smack the Cardinals wideouts around.

Meanwhile, Arizona actually has a similar defense. This is a unit that has really established itself against the run and they are physical up front. When it comes to coverage, they also have breakdowns. Like the offense, the defense has played better on the road. They’re giving up 26.5 points per game at home.

Betting Edge: Vikings

Vikings vs Cardinals betting odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries
The main injury in this game is the concussion suffered by Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner. Warner continues to suffer from concussion symptoms and he’ll be monitored as the week goes on. Left tackle Mike Gandy aggravated a groin injury and will also be questionable.

For Minnesota, they have been without top corner Antoine Winfield for six weeks, but he should be back for this game.

Betting Edge: Vikings

Vikings vs Cardinals betting odds breakdown: Outlook and Pick
The Cardinals will stand little chance of winning this game if Warner is out, and right now the signs are pointing to that happening. While the Vikings may have some trouble running on the Cards’ stout defensive front, they’ll soften them up with some key throws and eventually salt away a victory and cover.

STAN’S PICK: Vikings

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