Cardinals (1-4) at Vikings (2-2-1)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis
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