NFL Free Pick: MIN/ARZ

While the Minnesota Vikings are still trying to win their division, the Arizona Cardinals have already claimed theirs.

The Cards are now playing for a better playoff spot when the host the Vikings this Sunday in Arizona.

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Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Cardinals -3 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 49 total points.

Key Trend: The Cardinals are 6-3 against the spread in their last nine games, while the Vikings are just 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games on the road and 5-11 against the spread in their last 16 contests.

Key Stat: The Cardinals have averaged close to 30 points a game this year, while the Vikings are allowing 21.2 PPG. The Cardinals have also averaged 300.9 yards per game through the air, while the Vikings are allowing 217.7 passing yards per game.

Game Outlook: The number will surely go up in favor of the Cardinals once it’s announced that Tarvaris Jackson will start at quarterback for the Vikings over Gus Frerotte, who has yet to practice this week and is expected to miss 1-2 weeks due to a back injury. Arizona is a different team at home than it is on the road – as it, the Cards are damn near unstoppable at home. They might have a tough time running against Pat and Kevin Williams, but they won’t through the air. Minnesota’s secondary is average at best and no match for Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston. If the line stays at –3, take it and run. Even still, with Jackson at quarterback the Vikings will struggle and the Cards should cover easily.

Our Free NFL Pick for the Week 15 matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals game is

ARIZONA CARDINALS

TheSpread.com Projected Final Score

Arizona Cardinals 30

Minnesota Vikings 17

We also predict that this game will GO UNDER THE TOTAL (49 Sports Interaction.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS

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Posted: 12/14/08 11:30AM ET

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