Minnesota Vikings vs San Francisco 49ers 8/20/22 NFL Picks, Predictions, Odds

San Francisco 49ers (0-0) vs. Minnesota Vikings (0-0)
August 20, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -4.5 / San Francisco 49ers +4.5 ; Over/Under: 39.5
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The San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings meet in week 2 NFL Preseason action from U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday.

The San Francisco 49ers will be looking to build on their 28-21 win over the Green Bay Packers from their preseason debut last time out. Nate Sudfeld threw for 103 yards and a touchdown on 8 of 11 passing while Trey Lance threw for 92 yards and a score on 4 of 5 passing and Brock Purdy tossed for 36 yards and a TD on 3 of 6 passing. JaMycal Hasty and Tyrion Davis-Price each had a team-high 36 rushing yards and Jordan Mason also had 30 rushing yards as well. Danny Gray led the 49ers with 99 receiving yards and a TD while Ray-Ray McCloud III had a team-high 4 catches for 63 yards and a score and Tanner Hudson had a TD grab as well. On defense, Oren Burks had a team-high 8 total tackles while Dontae Johnson had a sack for San Fran in the winning effort.

The Minnesota Vikings will try to bounce back after ending up on the wrong side of a 26-20 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders last time out. Kellen Mond threw for 119 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 9 of 14 passing while Sean Mannion had 79 passing yards on 8 of 12 passing. Ty Chandler led the Vikings’ ground attack with 50 rushing yards while Kene Nwangwu had 41 rushing yards of his own. Myron Mitchell led the Vikings with 37 receiving yards while Ihmir Smith-Marsette had a team-high 3 grabs for 31 yards and Albert Wilson had a pair of TD receptions as well. On defense, Troy Dye had a team-high 6 total tackles with 5 solo tackles while T.Y. McGill had a pair of sacks and Armon Watts and Harrison Phillips each had a sack as well in the losing effort.

I get the case to be made for either side here, but I’m loving the over in this game. The depth for the Niners showed up big time in the win over the Packers, and no Kirk Cousins was no problem for the Vikes even in a losing effort as they were able to move the ball down the field a lot better than I thought they would with Kellen Mond leading the charge. I think this is just going to be another shootout by preseason standards, so give me the over in this one.  

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:
Over 39.5

Chris Ruffolo

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