NFC Divisional Round Playoff Betting: Vikings vs. 49ers Picks & Odds
Top offshore sportsbooks favor the San Francisco 49ers by seven points over the Minnesota Vikings, as the spread goes for the NFC Divisional Round Playoff Game at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California on January 11, 2020 at 1:35 p.m. PST.
Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers Odds by GTbets
|Vikings||+7 (-110)||44½ (-109)||+252|
|49ers||-7 (-110)||44½ (-111)||-310|
Betting Minnesota Vikings
The Vikes finished the 2019 regular 10-6 SU and 9-7ATS. Minnesota returned to the postseason after a one-year absence. They clinched after the Los Angeles Rams lost to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16. That same week, the Vikings were eliminated from contention for the NFC North division title. As they lost 23-10 to the Green Bay Packers. Minnesota defeated the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card round 26-20 in overtime. According to the best online sportsbooks, the Vikes entered that game as 7.5-point road dogs.
Per top offshore sportsbooks, the under is 6-1 in the Vikings’ last seven playoff games as an underdog. The over is 5-1 in the Vikings’ last six road games. Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in their last six games after a straight-up win.
Starting QB Kirk Cousins went 19 of 31 for 242 yards with one TD and two sacks against the Saints. Wide receiver Adam Thielen had 129 yards on seven receptions. Running back Dalvin Cook rushed for 94 yards and two TDs on 28 carries. The Vikings gained 362 total yards; 226 passing, 136 rushing. Minnesota allowed New Orleans 227 yards through the air but held the Saints to 97 on the ground.
Betting San Francisco 49ers
The Niners finished second in the NFL in scoring with 479 points, the most for the franchise since 1998. San Francisco also finished second in the league in rushing yards per game, with 144 yards. And finished first in the NFL in rushing touchdowns (23). The 49ers also finished third in the league in point differential (+169). This was the first time since 2003 that the Niners finished in the top 10 in scoring as well as yards per game. They were only one of three teams not to achieve this feat in that period. On defense, the 49ers forced 27 turnovers, which ranked them sixth in the league. Moreover, they finished 2nd in the NFL in total defense, allowing just 281.8 yards per game. This included the best pass defense in the league, allowing 169.2 pass yards per game. The 49ers finished fourth in the league with 48 sacks.
The over is 3-0-1 in the 49ers’ last four games overall. 5-0 in the 49ers’ last five Saturday games. And 3-0-1 in the 49ers’ last four playing NFC teams. San Francisco is 4-1 ATS in the last five games against an opponent with a winning record.
Starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo went 329 of 476 for 3978 yards with 27 TDs and 13 picks. All of which are career-bests (and career-worst in the case of interceptions). However, Jimmy G. has precious little playoff experience. As a matter of fact, his postseason experience amounts to two snaps at the end of the Patriots’ blowout win over Indianapolis in the 2014 AFC Championship Game. Cousins, on the other hand, will make his third playoff start. He lost a game in 2013 with the Redskins but came through and delivered against the Saints.
Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers Pick
On paper, the Niners are a much better team than the Vikes on both sides of the ball. Furthermore, San Francisco has had time to rest, though Minnesota does have the momentum from knocking the Saints off. But then, the 49ers are also better than the Saints were. Take San Francisco and the points.