Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals will face each other on Thursday night. The winner will have a huge playoff slot advantage, so this will be a huge game for the two division leaders.
Here are the important details you need to know about the exciting matchup:
Date and Time: Thursday, 8:25 p.m. EST
Location: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Arizona
TV: ESPN, NFL Network
Radio: Westwood One
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass (subscription required)
With four games left, the Cardinals are two games ahead from the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West, while the Vikings are tied with Green Packers for top position in the NFC North. The stakes are high for the two opposing teams.
Let's take a look at game previews and predictions.
Arizona Cardinals (10-2) looked fantastic this year, even though they don't get a lot of exposure from media. Quarterback Carson Palmer is one of the top choices for Comeback Player of the Year. This season, he had a record of 29 touchdowns to just nine interceptions.
Furthermore, Larry Fitzgerald is another player who can make great plays for Arizona. He is now playing at elite level, after he had posted more than 1,000 yards this season. However, Cardinal's leading rusher, Chris Johnson, could be out for the rest of the season to recover from his broken leg injury.
Nevertheless, The Cardinals offense is one of the best in the league in terms of points and yards covered.
On defensive department, the Cardinals are also looking great. They only allowed 16 total points in the last two weeks. They are also ranked fourth overall in yards allowed from opposing team. Statistics show the team is making great defensive plays to crush their opponents.
Some sports analysts said, the Cardinals should find a way to stop Viking's running back Adrian Peterson.
On other hand, let's look at keys to win for Minnesota Vikings (8-4). The Vikings are geared up to defeat the Cardinals in Thursday's matchup, after they experienced an embarrassing game against Seattle Seahawks, 38-7. The Vikings have to get back on track to secure their position on NFC North rankings.
Teddy Bridgewater has to find holes on Cardinal's defense to win the game. However, the Vikings quarterback had only eight touchdowns and eight interceptions this season, he has to step up his game to help his team.
For Peterson, he said wants to get more scoring opportunities in the game.
"That's the mindset of a player that wants to be great," he said in a statement. "We're focused on Arizona and trying to get this thing back on the right track."
By looking at the last games of opposing teams, the Thursday's matchup could be unpredictable. The Cardinals have won their last six games, while the Vikings have won 10 of the past 12 meetings, and they are underdog in the last seven games.
Which side are you on? Let's find who will be the better team on Thursday's matchup.