After a wild and crazy weekend of Wild Card Round playoff games, it is time to turn our attention the Divisional Round. The Minnesota Vikings were involved in one of two overtime games in the Wild Card Round, and will now travel to San Francisco for a matchup with the top-seeded 49ers. San Francisco was able to rest up and get healthy after earning a bye, but they are playing a team with a ton of momentum in this game.
San Francisco finished the regular season with a record of 13-3 to win the NFC West Division. The 49ers did not clinch the top overall seed in the NFC until a week 17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Minnesota ended the year with a 10-6 record to earn the number 6 seed in the NFC. The Vikings went into New Orleans and stunned the Saints by earning an overtime win in an NFC Wild
Card Round matchup. The San Francisco 49ers are -6.5 point favorites over the Minnesota Vikings in this game.
Cousins Finally Delivers for Minnesota
Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins has struggled in big games during his career, but that was not the case in the Wild Card Round. Cousins completed on a huge deep pass to Adam Thielen to set up the game winning score. Minnesota was a top-10 offense during the regular season, and they were extremely balanced on offense. Running back Dalvin Cook is capable of rushing over 100 yards in this game, and the Vikings will likely need every one of those yards.
The Vikings are also terrific on the defensive side of the football, as they showed in their win over the New Orleans Saints. Minnesota held the Saints to just 20 points in the Superdome, and they will need a similar performance in this game. Defensive end Danielle Hunter should get some pressure in the backfield, but the Vikings will have to stop the run in this game.
San Francisco Defense is Legit
The San Francisco 49ers are extremely deep and talented on the defensive side of the ball. The 49ers racked up over 50 sacks during the regular season, and they will get some pressure on Kirk Cousins in this game. San Francisco gave up less than 20 points per game during the regular season, and they should keep the Vikings at bay in this game. The 49ers will have a plan in place to stop Dalvin Cook as well.
San Francisco wants to run the ball on offense, but they also have a terrific quarterback. The 49ers averaged over 144 rushing yards per game during the regular season, despite dealing with a ton of injuries at that position. The 49ers will establish the run early and then let quarterback Jimmy Garopolo go to work in the passing game. San Francisco is an underrated offense that can score points in a hurry.
49ers Cruise to Divisional Round Win
The Minnesota Vikings stunned the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card Round, but things aren’t going to be as easy against the 49ers. Minnesota loves to run the football, but San Francisco has one of the best defenses in the NFL. The 49ers are going to run the ball right back at the Vikings, and that has been a problem for Minnesota at times this season.
Don’t expect a ton of points in this game, but that will suit the 49ers just fine. San Francisco has been the best team in the NFC all season long, and that is not going to change in this game. Bet the San Francisco 49ers -6.5 over the Minnesota Vikings in this NFC Divisional Round Playoff Game. Take the 49ers at A1pph.com, our favorite pay per head bookie site.
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