The San Francisco 49ers might be entering the 2018 regular season as one of the top contenders to improve this coming season because of the eye-opening play of new franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo late last season, but the Minnesota Vikings have some legitimate Super Bowl hopes after coming up just one game short last season and making their own big addition at quarterback by signing veteran Kirk Cousins. Now, with both teams set to throw down in an intriguing Week 1 opener, let’s find out if the Vikings can ‘handle their businesses as a near, touchdown home favorite. Join us to review all betting details for this game.

🏈: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings
⏰: Sun. Sep 9, 2018 1:00 PM ET
🏟️: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
📺: FOX
🎰: New England Patriots -6 -115 | -270 | U 51 -110

San Francisco didn’t look particularly impressive in going 1-3 in the preseason. The Niners lost their final three scrimmage games after beating lowly Dallas in their opener and they got manhandled in their 16-13 Week 3 preseason loss at Houston. Still, the Niners won their final five games last season with Jimmy Garoppolo under center and they improved their roster more under second-year head coach Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers averaged a healthy 28.8 points per game over their final five games last season and hung 44 points on a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that finished second in points allowed a year ago.


Minnesota looked great on both sides of the ball in posting a 3-1 record this preseason. After falling to Philadelphia in the NFC Championship, the Vikings signed veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins in free agency to be their franchise signal-caller for the foreseeable future and I believe that was a good move. The Vikings have some nice talent at the skill positions with wide receivers Stephon Diggs and Adam Thielen, tight end Kyle Rudolph and running back Dalvin Cook. Minnesota ranked first almost across the board on defense last season and the addition of Cousins and some growth from their skill position players could be just the thing that puts Minnesota over the top in 2018.


BettingWhile I’m expecting the new-look Niners to be competitive this season, I’m thinking both, that everyone’s jumping the gun on Frisco and Jimmy G and that Minnesota has a legitimate chance to reach – and win – Super Bowl 53.

For this Week 1 opener, the pick is quite simple to me. The Vikings are playing at home, they have the far better defense and I believe they want to send a message, not only to the Niners but to all of their NFC counterparts, that all roads to the Super Bowl in the NFC will go through Minnesota.


While the 49ers are a robust 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 1 and impressive 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, the Vikings are a near-perfect 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in the month of September and an insane 42-19 ATS in their last 61 games overall. I’m expecting Minnesota to use a powerful performance from their defense and some improved offense from Kirk Cousins and company to get the win and narrowly cover the chalk with the statement-making performance they’re looking for.

Predicted Score: Minnesota 29 San Francisco 20

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