The Minnesota Vikings, a team that is tied for first place with the Green Bay Packers in the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) with a Won-Loss record of 8-4 will be visiting the Arizona Cardinals, the squad that sits alone in first place in the West Division of the NFC with a Won-Loss record of 10-2.
The game is critically important to both teams. If the season ended today, the Vikings would earn one of two available Wild Cards and would get a chance to play in the postseason. Arizona, on the strength of its 10-2 record, would get a chance to play in January, as well. And, because this squad owns one of the two best Won-Loss records in the conference, the Cardinals would get a Week One Bye.
With four games remaining to be played, both teams could see their fortunes change dramatically. The loss of just two of the remaining four games could actually knock the Vikings completely out of the playoffs. And if Arizona loses a couple of its remaining contests it could sacrifice its valuable “bye.”
There is so much at stake that it seems obvious that both squads will be playing “all out” in this game, which is scheduled to take place Thursday night before a national TV audience.
Minnesota will rely on its second year quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater and its superstar running back Adrian Peterson to provide leadership and scoring punch while the home team Cardinals will hand the ball to their franchise signal caller, Carson Palmer, a quarterback who has been having “a career year.”
This game should be extremely hard-hitting and very competitive because it pits two of the league’s best teams against one another. The Vikings have been defensively strong all season as have the Cardinals. And, not surprisingly, Minnesota and Arizona are in the top half of the National Football League (NFL) for points scored per game.
When two top squads face off, as is clearly the case in this game, it is difficult, if not impossible, to predict the outcome. The fact that a victory in this contest is an absolute necessity for both squads makes it even more difficult to determine, in advance, just which team will prevail.
One thing about this important, head-to-head battle is that the fans in attendance at the ballpark will enjoy the action that takes place on the field. There should be lots of exciting plays, some thunderous hits by motivated defenders and an ending that has fans sitting on the edges of their seats.
It is games like this that take place late in the season which make the National Football League so popular in the United States and now, in Europe, as well.
There is likely to be a large television audience a few days from now when this game lights up TV screens in homes all across America.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report