Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals picks, predictions: Who wins NFL Week 2 game?

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic

The Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals face off on Sunday in a Week 2 NFL game.

Which team will get the victory?

Check out these NFL Week 2 picks and predictions for the game, which can be seen at 1:05 p.m. MST time on Fox.

The Cardinals are a 4.5-point favorite in the game.

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Pro Football Network: Cardinals 30, Vikings 17

Ben Rolfe writes: "Based on the performances of these two teams in Week 1, this has bloodbath written all over it. Arizona’s defense should have yet another party against the Vikings’ offensive line. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s defense will hardly scare a Cardinals offense that clicked into high gear in Week 1."

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Sportsnaut: Vikings 28, Cardinals 24

Vincent Frank writes: "The Patrick Peterson revenge game. After spending the first 10 years of his Hall of Fame worthy career in the desert, the cornerback signed with Minnesota during the offseason. Despite a regressing skillset, we fully expect Peterson to come to play here. If so, look for an upset Cardinals home loss."

International Business Times: Vikings will upset Cardinals

Anthony Riccobono writes: "The Cardinals are all but certain to regress following their shocking 38-13 upset over Tennessee. Chandler Jones won’t have five sacks for a second straight week, and Kyler Murray will be hard-pressed to replicate his five-touchdown afternoon against a better Minnesota defense. In the Vikings’ Week 1 loss to the Bengals, Minnesota’s defense only surrendered six points in the game’s final 34 minutes. The Vikings would likely be 1-0 if it wasn’t for a questionable call on what the referees ruled a Dalvin Cook fumble."

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Fansided: Cardinals will cover against Vikings

Thomas Snodgrass writes: "The Arizona defense looked so dominant against Tennessee last week, I would like to see them do it again. It was immensely entertaining. The Cardinals defense treated Ryan Tannehill like a heavy bag, and put Derrick Henry on a treadmill; the defending rushing yard champ going nowhere. Arizona turned Nissan Stadium into their very own gym from hell. I like the Cardinals in this Week 2 matchup, because they just outweigh the Vikings in pure talent. Everywhere you look on this Arizona team is a name and a face, and young faceless kids, trying to make a name for themselves. It’s a fun time to be a Cardinal."

Sportsnaut: Cardinals 38, Vikings 28

Matt Fitzgerald writes: "The more you look at the Cardinals’ schedule, the more likely it seems that they’ll be able to do some serious damage, at least outside of the NFC West. Quarterback Kyler Murray is such an X-factor with his elite rushing ability, and Arizona’s improved front seven has the means to wreak havoc on a suspect Vikings o-line."

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Heavy.com: Cardinals 30, Vikings 24

It writes: "Patrick Peterson’s revenge game? Peterson, who’s been very vociferous against his former team, will play the Cardinals in the second game. Coach Mike Zimmer’s defense took a huge step back in 2020 but he will be getting back Danielle Hunter, Michael Peters and Eric Kendricks at full strength. While there’s a huge likelihood their defense will improve mightily, the offense could regress. This game still should be tough for Arizona in terms of covering Justin Jefferson and stopping Dalvin Cook. But Chandler Jones and the defensive line pass rush can get to immobile Kirk Cousins, especially with their young offensive line. That could be the difference."

ESPN: Cardinals have a 63.7% chance to win

The site's Football Power Index gives the Vikings a 36% chance to pick up the victory.

FiveThirtyEight.com: Cardinals have a 64% win probability

The site gives the Vikings a 36% win probability in the game.

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