Vikings-Cardinals Capsule

MINNESOTA (8-4) At ARIZONA (10-2)

Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network

OPENING LINE – Cardinals by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD – Vikings 9-3, Cardinals 7-5

SERIES RECORD – Vikings lead 15-10

LAST MEETING – Vikings beat Cardinals 21-14, Oct. 21, 2012

LAST WEEK – Vikings lost to Seahawks 38-7; Cardinals beat Rams 27-3

AP PRO32 RANKING – Vikings No. 10, Cardinals No. 2

VIKINGS OFFENSE – OVERALL (30), RUSH (5), PASS (31)

VIKINGS DEFENSE – OVERALL (15), RUSH (22), PASS (6)

CARDINALS OFFENSE – OVERALL (1), RUSH (8), PASS (3)

CARDINALS DEFENSE – OVERALL (4), RUSH (4), PASS (8)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald was Vikings ball boy. … Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer was defensive coordinator for Cincinnati when Arizona's Carson Palmer was Bengals QB. … Vikings are fourth in NFL in yards per carry (4.75). Adrian Peterson still leads NFL in rushing (1,182 yards) despite gaining 9 yards on eight carries against Seahawks. … 31-point rout by Seattle was Minnesota's worst home loss in 31 years. … Vikings have won four consecutive road games for first time since 1998. … Minnesota has declared three of its best defensive players out for Thursday night's game due to injuries: LB Anthony Barr, DT Linval Joseph and S Harrison Smith. … Only Carolina (12-0) has better record than Arizona's 10-2. … Palmer is one TD pass shy of Kurt Warner's single-season Cardinals franchise record of 30. … Arizona has won at least 10 games in all three seasons under coach Bruce Arians, only second time Cardinals have achieved that feat (1974-76 under Don Coryell) … Cardinals are only team in top five in NFL offense and defense rankings. … Cardinals lead NFL in points (382), touchdowns (45) and touchdown differential (plus-25). … 16 players have scored touchdown for Arizona. … Cardinals' six-game win streak is franchise's longest since 1974. … Cardinals have more plays of 20-plus yards (65) than any team. … Arizona is 23-4 in Palmer's last 27 starts. Fantasy Tip: Cardinals rookie RB David Johnson leads team in touchdowns (9): four rushing, four passing, one kickoff return. He rushed for 99 yards and caught 10-yard TD pass last week against Rams.

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