The Arizona Cardinals are set for a showdown against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8. Here are the three best bets for the game.
It is Week 8 already, and the Arizona Cardinals have a pivotal matchup with the Minnesota Vikings that just might put them one step ahead to making or breaking their season. If the Cardinals win, they will sit at 4-4 with plenty of momentum heading into the rest of 2022. If they fall to 3-5, the Redbirds will be left with little margin for error from here on out.
So what are the best bets heading into this Week 8 showdown? Keep reading for more.
1 – Arizona Cardinals OVER 2.5 total touchdowns (-115)
The Cardinals offense has, at best, been stagnant this season, but DeAndre Hopkins return last week showed they can still produce when he is in the lineup. For this bet, especially against a Vikings defense allowing 7.3 net yards per pass attempt, expect the Cardinals to reach this number with relative ease.
2 – Arizona Cardinals OVER 22.5 total points (-115)
Once again, Hopkins is the difference-maker here. Without him, this would be a definite under, but let’s look at the Cardinals production with their star receiver in the lineup: In the 10 games Hopkins played in last season, the Cardinals scored 30-plus points in seven contests.
This season, they are one for one. If Hopkins stays healthy this year, betting the OVER, as long as the number is reasonable, is a smart thing to do.
3 – Cardinals field goal attempt on first drive result (+295)
While Hopkins has returned and after four quarters of action, looks like the missing piece to the team’s offense, I’m still iffy about getting so bold as to claim the Redbirds will score that inevitable touchdown first unless they find a way into the red zone – the Vikings red zone defense is allowing touchdowns 80% of the time here.
The safer bet in this scenario, even with Hopkins back in the lineup, is to bet on a field goal. Remember, the Cardinals offense still started off slow last week against the Saints, and I expect no different in Week 8.
Last week’s performance….
Was 1-2, since all of my bets hinged on Hopkins’ performance. While I hit on his receiving yards prop, I missed on his touchdown prop and the bet that the Cardinals would score last. Overall, I saw the Cardinals taking this one to the wire, but they were well ahead of the curve.
This puts me at 11-11 on the season in terms of best bets, and just 1 for 5 over the past two weeks. Going the safer route in Week 8, I’m hoping to get back on track, and perhaps even secure a sweep.
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