Coming off of a victory that may have saved their season, the Minnesota Vikings return home to U.S. Bank Stadium for Week 6 action against the Arizona Cardinals, and the situation is a bit of a familiar one.
The last time the Vikings played at home, they were a huge favorite over a team that was starting a rookie at quarterback. . .and they got throttled. This week, they’re once again a double-digit favorite at home against an Arizona Cardinals team that is now starting rookie Josh Rosen over veteran. . .and former Viking. . .Sam Bradford. Can the Vikings avoid a similar fate?
The Cardinals are coming off of their first victory of the 2018 season in Week 5, a 28-18 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. They did this despite Rosen completing just ten passes (in 25 attempts) for 170 yards, although one of them was a 75-yard touchdown to fellow rookie Christian Kirk on the first play of the game. As a whole, the Cardinals only generated 220 yards of offense, but that was enough for them to take down the Niners.
We know what happened with the Vikings in Week 5. They walked into Philadelphia, where they were thumped in the 2017 NFC Championship Game, to take on the Eagles. The Vikings got out to a 20-6 lead, and held on to walk out of Lincoln Financial Field with a 23-21 victory, evening their season record at 2-2-1. Kirk Cousins continued his torrid start to the season, completing over 80% of his passes and putting up over 300 yards.
Kickoff for this one is set for noon Central time at U.S. Bank Stadium, and we’ll have plenty of coverage of this week’s game leading up to kickoff.