2020 NFL Playoffs: Vikings at 49ers

Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers Odds and Free Game Pick

  • The latest NFL line has San Francisco as a touchdown-favorite over the Vikings. But, the 49ers are just 3-4-1 ATS at home this season, which is something to think about if you’re betting against the spread.
  • The Vikings dropped a bomb on New Orleans last weekend, defeating the third-seeded Saints.

Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers

  • When: January 11, 2020, 4:35 PM ET
  • Where: Levi's Stadium
  • NFL Latest Line: 49ers -7
  • Over/Under: 44
  • Moneyline:  Vikings +250 vs. 49ers -310

Betting on the Vikings?  

The Vikings knocked off the Saints from the playoff race last weekend as 8-point dogs. Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen were just what Minnesota needed to defeat the No. Three seed, New Orleans.

The ground-air combo of Cook and Thielen will make a difference in this game’s outcome, as the Vikings improved significantly with both players at full health. Having won against New Orleans is also a considerable motivation that will carry over into this game.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Vikings offense seem to be firing on all cylinders and could surprise everyone with an upset if Minnesota plays the way they did against the Saints.

As for the Vikings’ defense, they have a big task ahead of them in trying to contain San Francisco’s fast-paced offense. Minnesota tended to struggle to contain good offenses in the regular season, and it’s something Jimmy Garoppolo and the Niners offense will test with players like tight end George Kittle and the host of good running backs they have.

Last 3 Head-to-Head Record

  • Score: 17.00
  • Rush Yds.: 111.00
  • Pass Attempts: 34.33
  • Completion %: 62.14
  • Passing Yds. 200.67
  • Total Yds. 311.67
  • Turnovers: 1.33

Betting on the 49ers?  

 San Francisco earned a first-round playoff bye after capturing the NFC West crown and the best conference record. The time off is especially valuable to the banged-up defensive squad that had been struggling to keep opponents from scoring in the latter part of the regular season.

However, the possible return of defensive end Dee Ford and linebacker Kwon Alexander is excellent news, at least, for this game. With Ford back in the fold, the 49ers defense can throw a wrench in Cousins’ game plan and will increase the likelihood for the Vikings getting sacks.

As mentioned above, it’ll be interesting to watch how the 49ers use tight end, George Kittle. Last week against the Saints, the Vikings allowed tight end, Jared Cook, to haul in five catches for 54 yards, considering Jimmy Garoppolo has Kittle as one of his main targets, it might be an opportunity to bust open the Vikings’ defense.

The Niners are the better team on paper, and they have the home-field advantage, but these squads are evenly matched. Though the 7-point spread is understandable, you can’t forget the Vikings just defeated another 13-win team, and that’s nothing to be sneered at.

Last 3 Head-to-Head Record

  • Score: 16.33
  • Rush Yds.: 136.33
  • Pass Attempts: 31.33
  • Completion %: 59.57
  • Passing Yds. 197.67
  • Total Yds. 334
  • Turnovers: 2.67

Betting Trends

  • Tennessee is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 9 of Tennessee's last ten games.
  • Tennessee is 5-2 SU in their last seven games.
  • New England is 2-4 ATS in their last six games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of New England's last five games.
  • New England is 16-4 SU in their last 20 games.

Insider Prediction: The Vikings are dangerous. Minnesota’s win over the Saints has to give the 49ers the jitters. The Vikings have proved they have the grit to come out of this game with a win. But, I’m expecting the 49ers to win, but not cover. I’m taking the Vikes plus the points.

Pick: Vikings +7