The San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings are set to kick off the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs on Saturday. San Francisco enters the playoffs as the top overall seed in the NFC, but it will have its hands full against the Vikings. Minnesota is coming off an overtime win over the New Orleans Saints, and it will have some momentum.
The 49ers went 13-3 during the regular season to win the NFC West division title. San Francisco won three of its final four regular-season games to earn a week of rest when the playoffs began.
Minnesota finished the regular season with a record of 10-6, but it is 1-0 in the playoffs. The Vikings have had plenty of magical moments in the NFL playoffs over the last few years.
San Francisco is a seven-point favorite over Minnesota in this NFL Playoff game.
Vikings Defense Will Be Tested
The Minnesota Vikings pride themselves on having a terrific defense, but that unit is going to be tested in this game. Minnesota allowed just 18.9 points during the regular season, and defensive end Danielle Hunter is one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL.
The Vikings will need to find a way to stop the run in this game, but they put up a dominant performance against the Saints.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been questioned for his ability to win big games, but he proved his ability in the Wild Card round win. Cousins threw 26 touchdown passes during the regular season, and the Vikings were a top-10 scoring team in 2019.
Minnesota can also run the ball with Dalvin Cook, and it will have to do both to win this game.
49ers Need More Balance On Offense
The 49ers were second in the league with 144 rushing yards per game this season, and they will run the ball a ton in this game. San Francisco only threw for 237.0 yards per game, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will have to step up his play in this game.
The 49ers have one of the best tight ends in George Kittle, and he could play a huge role in this game.
San Francisco was terrific at getting pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season, and it will come after Cousins in this game. The 49ers recorded 48 sacks during the regular season, and they feature a terrific secondary as well.
San Francisco should be well-rested for this game, and its defense is going to be hard to penetrate.
San Francisco Too Dominant For Vikings
Both of these teams want to win this game with their defense, but San Francisco has been much more dominant on that side of the ball. Minnesota was able to find just enough offense to upset the Saints in the Wild Card round, but this one will not be easy.
San Francisco has a formula that works, and it is going to run its way to another big win in this game. The Vikings will battle, but the 49ers win by double-digits.
Bet the San Francisco 49ers -7.0 over the Minnesota Vikings in this game.