Car­di­nals (1-4) at Vikings (2-2-1)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NEWS - Kyle Ratke

Sun­day, 1 p.m. ET, U.S. Bank Sta­dium, Min­neapo­lis

TV: Fox

Danny by 10

Car­di­nals’ keys to vic­tory: Take a page out of the Bills’ play­book. The Vikings were huge fa­vorites against rookie QB Josh Allen and Buf­falo in Week 3 at U.S. Bank Sta­dium. That didn’t mean a whole lot as the Bills up­set Min­nesota. Now it’s up to an­other rookie, QB Josh Rosen, to do the same. The odds are against him, but even with the Vikings’ win over the Ea­gles in Week 5, this de­fense has been sus­pect this sea­son and the run­ning game has been down­right hor­ri­ble. Min­nesota’s lineback­ers haven’t been great in pass cov­er­age, ei­ther.

Vikings’ keys to vic­tory: Get ahead early and don’t look back. The of­fense, be­sides that Bills game, has looked fan­tas­tic all sea­son — even with the lack of a run game. When it comes to a quar­ter­back and re­ceiv­ing con­nec­tion, you won’t find any bet­ter than Min­nesota QB Kirk Cousins and WRs Adam Thie­len and Ste­fon Diggs. The de­fense needs to play against Josh Rosen the way it did vs. Ea­gles QB Car­son Wentz and not how it did against Josh Allen — when it seemed as if the Vikings tried to do too much. PK Dan Bai­ley needs to make some field goals.

Matchup to watch: Car­di­nals RB David John­son vs. Vikings LB An­thony Barr. There’s a good chance John­son will be iso­lated on Barr more than a few times. Barr got torched in cov­er­age a few weeks back — will that trend con­tinue? Maybe the Vikings could use S Ge­orge Iloka in cov­er­age.

Who wins? The Vikings are bet­ter and have the mo­men­tum af­ter their big vic­tory at Philadel­phia.

Vikings, 27-14 Sheri­dan’s line: Vikings

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