The Minnesota Vikings host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC preseason matchup at U.S. Bank Stadium. Both teams are 1-1 this preseason, and both coming off losses in Week 2. The Vikings fell to the Seahawks in Seattle 20-13, while the 49ers were crushed by the Broncos 33-13. Sports Interaction’s NFL Preseason odds currently list the Vikings as 4.5 point favourites with the total of 42 in this game.
Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys
Point spread: Vikings -4.5
Date:Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ 20:00
Location:U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The 49ers are 23-22-1 lifetime against the Vikings in the regular season. The last time these two teams met was back in 2015, where the 49ers handed the visitors a 20-3 loss. Of note, Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer boasts a great all-time preseason record with the Vikes, posting a 13- 2 mark in 15 games. Zimmer takes the preseason quite seriously.
San Francisco 49ers
New Head Coach Kyle Shanahan has his hands full with this group, as he’ll try to fix a team that finished 31st in team offence (308.1) and 32nd in team defence (406.4) in 2016. Free agent QB Brian Hoyer will be in charge of the offence. So far this preseason the 31-year-old pivot is 9 for 15 passing for 92 yards and an interception in parts of 2 games.
A nice surprise at that position has been the play of rookie C.J. Beathard (3rd round – Iowa). Beathard is making a good case to be Hoyer’s backup this season, and eventual starter. He was 7 of 12 passing for 110 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Broncos, and arguably the best 49ers player on the field. So far through the preseason, he has definitely been the best 49ers quarterback. Feature running back Carlos Hyde touched the ball 8 times last week, he may not be as busy this week.
In the last 3 seasons, the Vikings have gone undefeated 2 times. Last week in a loss in Seattle, the club got a great look at 1st round pick Dalvin Cook. The Rookie RB totalled 50 yards on 8 touches and will be a main stay in the Vikings backfield now that Adrian Peterson is wearing a Saints jersey. Cook will see action this Saturday, most likely to the same extent as last week.
San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings Prediction
Vikings 24 49ers 14