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NFL 2018 Week 1: 49ers at Vikings Pick & Prediction

The San Franciso 49ers enter a new era with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo heading the offense. After starting five games last year (all wins), Garoppolo now has to earn his salt for the entire season so there's still no telling if he's up to the task. The Vikings are his test of fire as one of the best teams in the NFC that also happen to have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Let's see how the 49ers stand in the NFL spread for this game.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Minnesota Vikings

  • When: Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET
  • Where: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • NFL Odds: Minnesota -6 / Total: 46

Why Bet On The 49ers?

It's a new era for the 49ers, but not only because of what they've done to rebuild the team, also because they start the season with Jimmy Garoppolo as their starting quarterback.

If you recall, last season Garoppolo started in five games, all of which the 49ers won. But, he'll be thrown into the fire this year because he'll be facing probably the best defense in the NFL for the first game. If he can accomplish a win, then you should expect great things for San Francisco this season. Whatever the case, when you have one of the greatest offensive minds in the league as a head coach, it's almost a given they'll improve over time.

It's also wise to remember the 49ers slapped the Jacksonville Jaguars' defense with 44 points last season, which is nothing to sneer at considering the Jags' defense finished second in points allowed a year ago.

Offense Statistics

Average Score For: 20.69

Total Yards: 349.31

Pass Yards: 245.31

Rush Yards: 104

Defense Statistics:

Average Score Against: 23.94

Total Yards: 351.56

Pass Yards: 235.25

Rush Yards: 116.31

Why Bet On The Vikings?

The Vikings have their season-opener at home which almost always is positive for any team. But, the Vikings happen to have arguably the best defense in the NFL and will almost certainly have an improved offense as well because of the addition of Kirk Cousins to the quarterback position.

If you think the defense will make life difficult for the upstart 49ers, you can be sure it'll be a nightmare for Jimmy Garoppolo, who may get his first taste of what a great defense can dish out.

But, the real story behind what's going to make the Vikings so good this season is their improved offense. Minnesota not only will gain from having a better quarterback in Kirk Cousins, they'll also have running back Dalvin Cook back in play which means their ground attack will be lethal.

Offense Statistics:

Average Score For: 23.22

Total Yards: 358.11

Pass Yards: 240.22

Rush Yards: 117.89

Defense Statistics:

Average Score Against: 17.44

Total Yards: 290.5

Pass Yards: 205.67

Rush Yards: 84.83

Game Prediction: There's no doubt in my mind the 49ers will have an improved team. But, no matter how you cut it, the Vikings are among the favorites to win the Super Bowl, and rightfully so. The fact is the Vikings will be playing at home and they'll come out gunning for Garoppolo.

Pick: Minnesota Vikings ATS  

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