Two teams heading in opposite directions will meet at Levi’s Stadium in the second game of the NFL’s season-opening doubleheader on Monday Night Football as the San Francisco 49ers host the Minnesota Vikings looking to break a six-game losing streak against the spread.
The 49ers were a total disaster last year, going 8-8 straight-up and 5-11 versus the number. They started playing poorly following rumors that head coach Jim Harbaugh was leaving to lead his alma mater, the Michigan Wolverines.
That obviously became a reality, and now new head coach Jim Tomsula inherits a squad void of two of its top two tacklers, both of whom retired due to injuries in Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.
San Francisco is also without running back Frank Gore, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts in the offseason. Meanwhile, Minnesota gets back one of the franchise’s best players of all time, running back Adrian Peterson, who missed most of last season due to a personal-conduct suspension.
The Vikings were much-improved in 2014 under first-year head coach Mike Zimmer and hope to take the next step by posting a winning record after going 7-9 straight-up but an impressive 10-6 against the spread, including 5-1 in the last six.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Odds at sportsbooks such as Bodog had the San Francisco 49ers pegged as -4.5-point favorites in this betting matchup. The total, meanwhile, was listed by books like TopBet at 42.
Odds – VSB
computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 22-20 victory for the 49ers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.
Minnesota Vikings vs San Francisco 49ers Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Minnesota Vikings will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 10-6 ATS against the spread this season, while the San Francisco 49ers are 5-11 ATS. Minnesota is 6-10 on the over under betting totals; San Francisco is 5-11. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and San Francisco vs Minnesota injuries news.
The Power Rankings at Odds – VSB
have the No. 16-rated Minnesota Vikings taking on the No. 26-rated San Francisco 49ers in this betting contest.
The game also pits San Francisco’s No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 19.12 PPG, against a Vikings defense that ranks No. 11 this week at 21.44 PPG. The 49ers aerial game is averaging 191.44 yards per game, less than the Vikings secondary allows through the air, 222.88 YPG per game.
In comparing defenses, the Minnesota Vikings own the league’s No. 13-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 106.75 yards per game when on the road. San Francisco, on the other hand, rates No. 2 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
In their last game, the Vikings were Week 17 winners, coming out on top of the Bears by a score of 13-9.
Arizona was unable to contain Frank Gore in its last action Sunday and the result was a 20-17 Week 17 loss against the 49ers.
- Minnesota is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
- Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Minnesota is 2-14-1 SU in its last 17 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games on the road
- San Francisco is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- San Francisco is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Francisco’s last 7 games
- San Francisco is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Minnesota home to Detroit, Sunday, September 20th
San Francisco at Pittsburgh, Sunday, September 20th