The Minnesota Vikings travel to the Bay Area this weekend for an NFC Divisional Round battle with the San Francisco 49ers. Kickoff is set for 4:35 PM EST on January 11th at Levi’s Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on NBC.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the 49ers listed as 7-point home favorites. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as San Francisco is currently available at -7. The total for this matchup is 44 points.
49ers vs Vikings Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Vikings pulled off an impressive upset on the road last weekend, stunning New Orleans 26-20 in overtime. Minnesota gave up ten unanswered points in the fourth quarter but found a way to get the job done during the extra session, finding the end zone through the air to punch their ticket to the divisional round. QB Kirk Cousins went 19/31 for 242 passing yards and a touchdown through the air while RB Dalvin Cook rumbled for 94 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. TE Kyle Rudolph also chipped in, scoring the winning touchdown on a short yardage passing play. As a whole, the Vikings generated close to 400 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns in the upset victory.
Minnesota was pretty solid on the other side of the ball against the Saints, holding New Orleans to well under 400 total yards of offense and only two touchdowns. The Vikings were especially strong defending against the run, yielding only 97 rushing yards on the ground.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers won two consecutive games to close out the regular season and lock up the NFC West Division title. San Francisco hung tough against Seattle their last time out, winning 26-21 on the road despite getting outscored 21-13 over the final two quarters of the game. QB Jimmy Garoppolo went 18/22 for 285 passing yards through the air while RB Raheem Mostert found the end zone twice on two of his ten carries for 57 rushing yards. Deebo Samuel led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in five catches for 102 yards. Overall, the 49ers gained over 400 total yards of offense and scored three touchdowns in the critical win.
San Francisco was very solid defensively this season, giving up an average of under 20 points and 360 total yards of offense per game. The 49ers really did a great job defending against the pass, limiting their opponents to just 170 yards through the air per game.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Vikings +7
While I still feel that San Francisco should be able to find a way to win this game outright at home on Saturday afternoon, I don’t feel all that great about having to lay a full touchdown in order to take the favorite in this matchup. The Vikings showed a ton of heart on the road in New Orleans last weekend, stunning the Saints after an extremely impressive effort on both sides of the ball. Minnesota also performed slightly better against the spread than the 49ers did to close out the year, covering the number in four out of their last five outings overall.
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It is also worth noting that the Vikings have enjoyed the upper hand against the spread in this NFC rivalry in recent years, covering the number in two out of their last three battles against San Francisco. The 49ers have also really struggled as a favorite against the spread over the past couple of seasons, going a very troubling 5-14-1 ATS over their last 20 games. I’ll take the full touchdown and roll with the road favorite in this particular spot, as I think that Minnesota will find a way to stay within striking distance for the duration of the game. Give me the Vikings to cover the number!