NFL Week 1 Preview & Pick- San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings
The San Francisco 49ers open the 2018 NFL regular season this Sunday on the road against the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota is a 6 point favorite. Game time from US Bank Stadium is set for 1 p.m. on FOX.
VietBet has set the total for this NFC clash at 46 points.
49ers Have Huge Hopes for 2018 Season
The 49ers had just one straight-up victory to their credit after the first 11 games of the 2017 season. They rallied with five-straight wins to finish 6-10. They went 4-1 against the spread during that season-ending winning streak. The total went OVER the VietBet closing line in their last three games.
San Francisco won its first preseason game this year. Then fell short in the next three. They were 0-3-1 ATS in the four exhibition games.
Now things will be counting for real in the standings. The expectation level is rather high for the team’s continued success. Leading the way on offense is quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
He will have Marquise Goodwin as one of his top targets in the passing game. Carlos Hyde was the 49ers’ leading rusher from a year ago. He is now playing for Cleveland. San Francisco used the ninth overall pick in the draft to add tackle Mike McGlinchey to help bolster its front five.
Vikings Looking for Same Success, but Different QB
Minnesota is coming off a SU 13-3 record and a trip to the NFC title game in 2017. That game did not go as planned. They were a three-point road favorite with VietBet, and the season ended with a 38-7 loss.
The Vikings were 11-5 ATS overall. The total stayed UNDER in five of their last seven regular season games. They went 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS this preseason.
Quarterback will also be the spotlight position this season for Minnesota. Kirk Cousins taking over the starting role. He came over from Washington as a free agent. He is tasked to run a Vikings’ offense that played rather well with Case Keenum under center.
Dalvin Cook is ready to resume his spot as the team’s top rusher. He missed a substantial amount of time last season due to injury.
This should be a great matchup between a pair of NFL foes that each have high expectations this season. While I am not sure if San Francisco can pull off the SU upset this Sunday, I do like the 49ers’ chances to cover the 6-points.
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