The biggest story going into this game is will Teddy Bridgewater be ready to start for the Vikings in the season opener in St. Louis. Both the Vikings and the Cardinals won their pre-season openers. The Vikings squeaked by the Raiders and the Cardinals crushed a sloppy Texans team. I would not expect the Cardinals to play Carson Palmer longer than a series or two and expect Teddy Bridgewater to get about the same amount of playing time as he did in the opener as the Vikings look to start Bridgewater in Week 1.
The Cardinals quarterbacks last week completed 79.4% of their passes with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions for a TD/INT differential of 3.0. Their passing defense had a -2.0 TD/INT differential. The Cardinals passing game looked good even without Larry Fitzgerald who had 2 receptions for 11 yards his longest reception was for 7 yards, and neither Palmer nor Fitzgerald will be in the game for long.
Last week Teddy Bridgewater in nearly two quarters of play went 6 for 13 for 49 yards with no interceptions and no touchdowns. Bridgewater completed 46.2% of his passes last week. Bridgewater needs to find the end zone this week, as well as having another solid week under center.
The Key matchup in this game will be Teddy Bridgewater against the Cardinals secondary. Bridgewater’s progression is important if Coach Zimmer plans on starting Bridgewater in week 1 he’s going to have to step up his game otherwise he actually benefits from sitting behind Cassel. Ultimately this Cardinals secondary is more dynamic and prolific than the Vikings quarterbacks. I don’t see Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder confounding this Cardinals defense.
Final Score: Cardinals 27 Vikings 10