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NFL Expert Picks: Vikings Face Tough Test on Road Against Cardinals

The Vikings remain on the road this week as they face the Cardinals in Week 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. (CT).

Minnesota is 0-1 following a season-opening loss to Cincinnati. Arizona is 1-0 after a strong win over Tennessee.

Let's see who the experts are picking to win the game:

Cardinals 27, Vikings 20 — Gregg Rosenthal,

Week 2 may be the most difficult week to pick games all season. With so little evidence available, how can I not close my eyes and see Chandler Jones terrorizing Vikings left tackle Rashod Hill? Arizona's defense was a revelation in Nashville, with a secondary led by Budda Baker and Byron Murphy playing like attack dogs. Minnesota's offense has been scuffling since training camp and this doesn't look like the spot to break out of it. The creative Vikings defense should be fine in the long run, but this is a matchup where sage Cards center Rodney Hudson helps fix pass-protection problems before the snap even happens.

Cardinals 31, Vikings 17 — Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

The Vikings are playing consecutive road games, while Arizona will be playing its home opener. That's a bad combination. But what's even worse for the Vikings is their offensive line will be challenged in a big way by the Arizona front. Look for Kirk Cousins to struggle as the Cardinals get to 2-0 behind the defense and Kyler Murray.

Cardinals 27, Vikings 24 — Bill Bender, Sporting News

Kyler Murray flourished in Week 1, and the Cardinals showed an improved defense with bookends Chandler Jones and J.J. Watt. Can they win a grind-it-out-game against Minnesota, which will slow that tempo around Dalvin Cook? We're going to trust Arizona.

Cardinals 30, Vikings 27 — Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk

Kyler Murray will have his second consecutive big game as the Cardinals improve to 2-0 and the Vikings fall to 0-2.

Cardinals 27, Vikings 20 — Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk

Arizona looks to be better than we thought they'd be. Minnesota looks to be worse.

Cardinals 26, Vikings 21 — Staff, Bleacher Report

The Cards talented defense looks as though it has turned a corner, and the [Vikings] don't appear to be well-equipped to slow down Kyler Murray.

View photos of Vikings players from practice on Sept. 15 at the TCO Performance Center.

Pre-game win probabilities: Vikings 36% —

2 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, CBS Sports

0 of 7 experts pick the Vikings, USA TODAY Sports

1 of 5 experts pick the Vikings, The MMQB

1 of 11 experts pick the Vikings, ESPN

0 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, The Athletic