Two former No. 1 draft picks will meet this Sunday (1 PM ET, FOX) when Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals visit Sam Bradford and the Minnesota Vikings. It’s a coin flip on the NFL odds board; this game is a pick ’em at press time with a total of 40.5, the lowest total for Week 11 of the regular season.
It’s not too late for the Arizona Cardinals (4-4-1 SU, 3-6 ATS) and the Minnesota Vikings (5-4 SU and ATS) to salvage their seasons. But only one can win when they meet this Sunday in Minneapolis, starting at 1 PM ET on FOX. This game is a pick ’em at press time with a stingy total of 41 points.
It’s hard to score when your quarterback is face-down on the turf. Arizona’s Carson Palmer (26 sacks) and Minnesota’s Sam Bradford (24 sacks) are playing behind depleted offensive lines – especially Bradford, whose Vikings have lost four straight SU and ATS.
The Cardinals (4-4-1 SU, 3-6 ATS) haven’t had much success this year, and the Vikings (5-4 SU and ATS) have followed up five straight wins with four straight defeats, but the playoffs are still in reach for both teams. The onus is on Minnesota to pull out of this tailspin, but it won’t be an easy task with the Vikings’ offensive line in tatters. Tackle Jake Long is the latest casualty after tearing his Achilles in last week’s 26-20 loss to Washington (–2 at home).
Arizona hasn’t had much luck in the trenches, either. LT Jared Veldheer, one of the best in the game, went on injured reserve two weeks ago with a torn triceps. With RG Evan Mathis (ankle) already out for the season, Palmer is second in the NFL with 26 sacks; Bradford has been sacked 24 times thus far.