Minnesota Vikings Vs. San Francisco 49ers NFL Divisional Playoffs Betting Picks And Odds
The Minnesota Vikings had the most impressive win of the wildcard weekend. Can they do it again on Saturday when they clash against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL divisional playoffs?
The scenario is the same. They will be facing a team that looks like a Super Bowl contender, on the road, and with most of the public not giving them any chance.
Let’s dive into the Vikings vs. Niners Matchup
NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Analysis
What The NFL Odds Say About The Vikings Vs. 49ers Playoffs Matchup
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The opening betting line had the Niners -6.5 at home, but those odds now can be found with San Francisco -7 at most sportsbooks. Very few still have the original line available.
53% of the betting public is siding with the San Francisco 49ers to cover the spread at home.
The Minnesota Vikings’ Edge Vs. The 49ers
Minnesota covered the spread at +8.5 or +8 last week in New Orleans, depending on when you placed your bet. The basics of grabbing the points were the betting line was too big for anybody’s comfort.
The playoffs games are usually very close, and that was mostly the reasoning. For example, all four wildcard matchups were decided by less than one score.
San Francisco Doesn’t Have A Player Like Hill
The Vikings’ 26-20 win in New Orleans had some interesting things. First, Minnesota completely shut down the Saints running game. The yards they got were mostly due to unconventional formations using QB/RB Taysom Hill.
Their defensive line also controlled the game by sacking Drew Brees three times, forcing a fumble while harassing the Future Hall of Fame QB during the entire afternoon.
On the offensive side, it was clear RB Dalvin Cook felt fresh. He had two weeks of rest due to a shoulder injury, and it was obvious he looked fast and determined while collecting 94 rushing yards and two scores.
One Of The Best Defenses In The NFL
San Francisco has one of the best defenses in the NFL, but the one weak link is stopping the run. They allowed 112.6 rushing yards per game in 2019.
Minnesota gave the ball to Cook 28 times last week against the Saints. If they are as devoted to running the football in San Francisco as they were in New Orleans, then they might find a good deal of success.
QB Kirk Cousins only threw for 242 yards and one touchdown against the Saints last week, but he was uncharacteristically clutch when his team needed a complete pass.
The San Francisco 49ers’ Edge Vs. The Vikings
The Niners were resting when they found out their next opponent was going to be Minnesota. After facing the Ravens, Saints, Falcons, Rams, and Seahawks in the last stretch of the season, perhaps no franchise needed a rest more than the 49ers.
The teams’ defense suffered against excellent opponents. They didn’t look as dominant in the second half of the season and with reason. Their schedule was absolutely brutal.
Now they need to go back to basics. First, they need to pressure the quarterback with the aggressiveness they had in the first months of the season.
At one point they led the NFL in sacks, but they finished the regular season with 48, tied with the Vikings and behind teams like the Rams, Saints, Panthers, and Steelers.
The 49ers have more talent in the defensive line than all those teams. Perhaps only Pittsburgh can compare talent-wise.
What About The Offense?
On offense, they need to establish the run. The playcalling of head coach Kyle Shanahan is one of the most creative in the NFL in terms of running the football.
San Francisco finished the season as the second-best running team in the NFL, averaging 144.1 rushing yards per game.
In any other year, that average would have been enough to lead the league, but Baltimore became the first team in the history of the NFL to put 200 rushing yards a game.
There have been a lot of questions about QB Jimmy Garoppolo and his ability to lead this team to the promised land.
Jimmy G finished the season with 3978 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions, but he has thrown only two touchdown passes in the last three games.
Minnesota Vikings At San Francisco 49ers NFL Divisional Playoffs Prediction
The 49ers are currently listed +300 to win the Super Bowl LIV. Only Baltimore has better odds.
San Francisco has a loaded team on both sides of the ball, and there shouldn’t be doubt why they are the favorites to advance to the NFC Championship game.
However, being a touchdown favorite against a team that also has a lot of quality seems like a lot. I’m not expecting Minnesota to pull another upset in San Francisco as they did in New Orleans, but I do expect a close game from start to finish.
This game should be decided by fewer than a touchdown difference, which gives grabbing the points the leverage. The Niners will win but bet Vikings +7.
Vikings Vs. 49ers Game Information
- Date: Saturday, January 11, 2019
- Game Time: 4:35 PM ET
- Venue: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
- TV: NBC
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