After stunning the New Orleans Saints last weekend, Kirk Cousin and the Minnesota Vikings will attempt to pull off their second straight road playoff upset when they take on Jimmy Garoppolo and the top-seeded San Francisco 49ers in their highly-intriguing NFC divisional matchup on Saturday. With Frisco looking to avoid the season-ending upset at home, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their NFL playoff odds in this affair.
Vikings vs 49ers 2020 NFL Divisional Round Odds, Preview & Pick
- When: Saturday January 11, 2020, 4:35 PM ET
- Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
- TV: NBC
- Radio: Minnesota / San Francisco
- Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
- NFL Divisional Round Odds: San Francisco -6.5 / Total: 45
- Partly Cloudy: 14°C/57°F
- Humidity: 73%
- Precipitation: 20%
- Wind: 15 mph WNW
- Cloud Cover: 45%
- Type of Stadium: Open
Why Bet On Minnesota?
Despite being a nearly touchdown road dog in this contest, there are a handful of great reasons to back the Vikings in the divisional round. First, Minnesota has an excellent defense that ranks sixth in points allowed (18.9 ppg).
Then, there’s the fact that Minnesota has a superstar running back and a potent offense that puts up 25.4 points per game to rank eighth in scoring. Last, but not least, the Vikings are coming into this contest off a confidence-boosting 26-20 road upset of New Orleans last weekend.
- Average Score For: 25.47
- Total Yards: 353.94
- Pass Yards: 220.47
- Rush Yards: 133.47
- Average Score Against: 19.00
- Total Yards: 340.53
- Pass Yards: 233.18
- Rush Yards: 107.35
Why Bet On San Francisco?
The Niners might be giving up almost a touchdown, but there are some great reasons to back the Niners in this matchup. First, Frisco ranks second in rushing and an identical second in scoring (29.9 ppg). Then, there’s the fact that the 49ers have an elite defense that limits the opposition to just 19.4 points per game to rank eighth in points allowed.
Then, there’s the fact that San Francisco has gone 6-2 at home this season. Last, but not least, the Niners are both, well-rested and battle-tested, having recorded wins over Green Bay, New Orleans and Seattle while narrowly upsetting Baltimore on the road in Week 13.
- Average Score For: 29.94
- Total Yards: 381.12
- Pass Yards: 237.06
- Rush Yards: 144.06
- Average Score Against: 19.38
- Total Yards: 282.32
- Pass Yards: 169.69
- Rush Yards: 112.63
NFL Divisional Round Betting Trends for Minnesota Vikings vs San Francisco 49ers
- Vikings are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games
- Vikings are 9-4 SU in the last 13 games
- The total went OVER in 8 of Minnesota’s last 12 games
- 49ers are 4-2 ATS in the last 6 games
- 49ers are 13-3 SU in the last 16 games
- The total went OVER in 7 of San Francisco’s last 10 games
Vikings vs 49ers Expert Analysis and Prediction
I know the 49ers won an impressive 13 games and that they are both, well-rested and playing at home, but I don’t care. After seeing Minnesota completely shut down Drew Brees and the high-scoring New Orleans Saints last weekend, I firmly believe that the Vikings can and will do the same to Jimmy G and the 49ers in this divisional round showdown.
Not only did veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins make a believer out of me because of his huge performance last weekend, but I love Minnesota’s triumvirate of pass-catchers in Adam Thielen, Stephon Diggs and tight end Kyle Rudolph. San Francisco has floundered against the spread at home by going 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while Minnesota has gone 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games. I’m still not overly sold on Jimmy Garoppolo and I don’t like San Francisco’s lack of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. I feel a big ass upset brewing and you should too! Minnesota covers the chalk – by winning outright!
Pick: Minnesota 23 San Francisco 21