Cardinals vs. Vikings Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 3 Odds, Prediction

Jeremy Perry | Updated Aug 20, 2019

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Shocked to see a team laying a touchdown in the pre-season? The oddsmakers are simply adjusting to Mike Zimmer, who has one of the best exhibition records in the NFL.

Arizona
5-10
AT
August 24, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
U.S. Bank Stadium
Minnesota
10-6
Pointspread +5.5 -112
Moneyline +194
Over / Under o +42
Pointspread -5.5 -108
Moneyline -233
Over / Under u +42

Rookie first-overall pick quarterback Kyler Murray looked great in his first pre-season game and awful in the second. After stumbling against the Oakland Raiders last week, can he get back on track on Saturday to renew optimism? A second consecutive struggle would be cause for concern.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Shocked to see a team laying a touchdown in the pre-season? The oddsmakers are simply adjusting to Mike Zimmer, who has one of the best exhibition records in the NFL. The Vikings are 19-4 in pre-season games under him. His teams are also a perfect 5-0 in Week 3.

On the other sideline, there has been a lot of talk about whether Kliff Kingsbury is a head coach that can turn things around in Arizona this offseason. Kingsbury has split his first two exhibition games as a first-time NFL head coach. He is expected to give his starters more playing time in Week 3.

Arizona Cardinals

Murray will have his work cut out for him against a Minnesota defense that features several starters in the lineup this week. Murray, who showed some positive signs in his debut against the Chargers, looked very flustered at times in last week’s loss to Oakland. Kingsbury needs to get a good look at his rookie quarterback this week so we expect Murray to play a significant number of snaps in his third exhibition game.

Meanwhile, those hoping that running back David Johnson can get back to the level he played at in 2016 should probably temper expectations. Kingsbury’s offense relies heavily on moving the football through the air, which should limit Johnson’s production. With a new system in place and a young passer under center, the Cardinals will certainly have their share of growing pains this season.

Minnesota Vikings

Zimmer has done his best to maximize his opportunities to test his players in pre-season games since taking over as the head coach in Minnesota. He has shown that again this year with consecutive exhibition game wins. Kirk Cousins, Sean Mannion and Kyle Sloter certainly looked good in Sunday’s 25-19 win over the Seattle Seahawks. That quarterback trio combined to go 28-of-35 for 272 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That comes on the heels of a 34-point outburst in Week 1 where the team piled up 460 yards of offense and four touchdowns.

The Vikings defense also looked good versus Seattle. Minnesota held the Seahawks to just 145 yards on 12-of-27 passing with an interception. With the starters set to see extended snaps on Saturday, the Vikings defense could make life miserable for Murray and the Cardinals.

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