Expert Picks: Vikings Return Home for Matchup with Cardinals

Minnesota is returning to U.S. Bank Stadium this weekend to take on the Arizona Cardinals (1-4).

The Cardinals are coming off of the team’s first win of the season after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 28-18 at Levi’s Stadium on the road.

The Vikings (2-2-1) are looking to start the team’s first winning streak of the season after defeating the defending Super Bowl Champion Eagles 23-21 last week.

Let’s see what is expected from the Vikings in their Week 6 matchup:

Vikings 30, Cardinals 14, Elliot Harrison, NFL.com

Super excited about the Cardinals' one-game winning streak. Really great for them, because it ends this week. The Vikings emerged from whatever morass they were wedged in back in September. Offensively speaking, Kirk Cousins-to-Adam Thielen is the most unstoppable duo in the league right now. Dalvin Cook (hamstring) should be back in the fold at tailback this week, too. Defensively, the pass rush made Carson Wentz move around and rush a few throws at the Linc last week. Think about how they will handle a middling Arizona offensive line. I keep trying to find a way for the Cards to prevail up North. Got it: they need David Johnson to rush for 250 yards and three touchdowns. Next blurb.

Vikings 24, Cardinals 20, David Steele, Sporting News

The Vikings got a boost by beating the still-shaky Eagles in Philadelphia, and they can get another by handling the Cardinals, even though they and Josh Rosen got their first wins. Good luck predicting what Kirk Cousins will produce this week; he picked apart the Eagles, but after all these years, he hasn’t proven he’s shaken his habit of untimely turnovers, and this is still a secondary that’s good at that. On paper, the Vikings are still the class of the NFC North, but they need to start proving it.

Vikings 27, Cardinals 13, Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

After the Bills debacle, the Vikings probably will not take lightly another double-digit underdog quarterbacked by a rookie named Josh. Minnesota's defense got its groove back in Philadelphia, and offensively, Kirk Cousins will stay hot with a little more help from the running game.

Vikings 30, Cardinals 13 - Bleacher Report Staff

_Are the Minnesota Vikings figuring it out? _

_After a tumultuous 1-1-1 start, the Vikings put up a bigger fight than many expected in a Thursday night Week 4 road loss to the Los Angeles Rams before defeating the desperate Eagles on the road in Week 5. Now they're back at home and looking to make a statement against the 1-4 Arizona Cardinals. _

_Even though double-digit favorites are only 2-5 against the spread this season, all three of our experts think Minnesota can overcome a 10.5-point line and blow out the Cards. _

"The Vikings are due for a laugher at home," [Brad] Gagnon said. "That Week 3 home loss to the Buffalo Bills was an anomaly, and quarterback Kirk Cousins is on fire right now. The defense still isn't where it was last season, but the Arizona offense is averaging just 11.6 points per game (excluding a defensive score in Week 5). Look for them to come back to earth after a five-takeaway aberration in San Francisco, and look for Minnesota to put together its first dominant game of 2018."

Vikings 23, Cardinals 20 - Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

The Cardinals are playing consecutive road games after beating the 49ers last week, and this is a big step up in terms of opponent. Minnesota got back on track against the Eagles last week, but I think the Cardinals will be able to keep this one closer than expected. They won't win here like the Bills did a few weeks back, but they will stay in the game.

Vikings 20, Cardinals 10 – Michael David Smith – Pro Football Talk

_ The Cardinals finally got a win, but they still may be the worst top-to-bottom team in the NFL._

Vikings 31, Cardinals 17 – Mike Florio Pro Football Talk

The Vikings have underachieved at home this year. As they enter a softer spot of the schedule, they can’t continue to screw around with inferior teams.

Pregame win probabilities: Vikings 75.5%

Predicted Score: Vikings 27.8, Cardinals 18.6, FOX Sports

Pre-game win probabilities: Vikings 74 percent, FiveThirtyEight

8 of 9 experts picked the Vikings, SB Nation

5 of 5 experts picked the Vikings, USA TODAY

10 of 10 experts picked the Vikings, ESPN

7 of 8 experts picked the Vikings, CBS Sports

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