The San Francisco 49ers face the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football in week 1 NFL betting action. The Vikings are 2.5-point favorites. The game kicks off on ESPN this Monday, Sept. 14th at 10:20 PM ET from Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers are looking to bounce back after a tumultuous offseason while the Vikings welcome back stud rusher Adrian Peterson.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Minnesota Vikings 5-3 On Road since last season
- San Francisco 49ers 1-7 At Home since last season
- San Francisco 49ers 1-2 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 6-10 O-U All Games since last season
- San Francisco 49ers 4-11-1 O-U All Games since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 2-6 O-U On Road since last season
- San Francisco 49ers 1-6-1 O-U At Home since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 4-5 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- San Francisco 49ers 2-7-1 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 3-4 O-U When Line was 40 to 43 since last season
- San Francisco 49ers 1-2 O-U When Line was 40 to 43 since last season
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers Week 1 Monday Night Football Odds, Betting Tips & TV Info
Matchup: Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers
Date: Monday, Sept. 14th, 2015
Start Time: 10:20 p.m. ET
Location: Santa Clara, California
Stadium: Levi’s Stadium
Spread: Vikings -2.5
Game Total: 41.5
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Minnesota Vs San Francisco
Why Bet On Minnesota (-2.5) To Beat San Francisco
Will AP be the comeback player of they year?
One of the most impressive players during the pre-season was Minnesota QB Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater completed over 80% of his passes. He didn’t throw a pick. In almost every case, Bridgewater made the best decision possible in every pre-season game in which he played.
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) August 30, 2015
What’s important to understand is that if Bridgewater is able to exploit defenses with his arm, Minnesota’s offense could end up being one of the most efficient and best in the NFL. The Vikings already have the best running back in the NFL in Adrian Peterson who is plenty motivated to show how good he is after not playing at all last season. Now, if the Vikings can develop into one of the top signal-callers in the league, and with Norv Turner taking over Bridgewater’s development there’s no reason to believe that he won’t, the Vikings could end up winning the NFC North over the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions this season.
When it comes to this Week 1 game versus San Francisco, Bridgewater should have no trouble finding holes in the 49’ers defense. If he doesn’t make any mistakes, he’ll lead Minnesota to a big road win over San Francisco.
Why Bet On San Francisco To Beat Minnesota (-2.5)
No Harbaugh, no problems.
San Francisco has plenty of motivation going into their Week 1 battle with the favored Minnesota Vikings. San Francisco’s coach from last season, Jim Harbaugh, bolted to take over Michigan’s program. The 49’ers lost plenty of defensive players and the offense isn’t supposed to be very good this season.
— ESPN (@espn) September 5, 2015
Motivation is a funny thing. It can work both ways. It can help a team or it can hurt a team. In the case of the 49’ers it should definitely help. San Francisco was in the Super Bowl just a few years ago. The 49’ers still have an incredibly talented quarterback in Colin Kaepernick and veterans in guys like WR Anquan Boldin and RB Reggie Bush on offense. When you have a linebacker like Navorro Bowman, you’re defense is never going to be terrible.
The big question is whether or not motivation from San Francisco is going to be enough for them to upset a better team like Minnesota. Minnesota has some motivated players as well including the best running back in the NFL in Peterson.
When it comes down to it, San Francisco just isn’t as good as Minnesota. The Vikings are a long shot to win the Super Bowl. San Francisco is a long shot to win more than 4 games and they won’t start in week 1. I am picking the Vikings as the smart bet to beat the 49ers. My final score prediction is Minnesota 28, San Francisco 10.