Minnesota Vikings (7-9) at San Francisco 49ers (8-8)
|Date & Time||Monday September 14, 2015, 10:20 PM (EDT)|
The Line: San Francisco 49ers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5
The Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers play late Monday night at Levi's Stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings made strides last season with seven wins and hope to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Teddy Bridgewater seems to be Minnesota’s franchise quarterback, and he has more weapons entering his second season. The Vikings added speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace to the mix and the return of running back Adrian Peterson doesn’t hurt matters. The Vikings finished last season ranked 20th in scoring defense, a number that should improve. Defensively, the Minnesota Vikings finished last season ranked 14th in total yards allowed and 11th in scoring defense. Players such as Everson Griffen, Robert Blanton and Harrison Smith give the Vikings a young but very dangerous defense. Center John Sullivan is questionable with a back injury.
The San Francisco 49ers had a brutal offseason and enter this season with a new coach in Jim Tomsula. The 49ers offense is about the only thing that looks familiar, as Colin Kaepernick is still at quarterback while Vernon Davis, Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith hold things down at receiver. Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush will have to take their game to another level with Frank Gore leaving for the Houston Texans. Defensively, the San Francisco 49ers finished last season ranked fifth in total yards allowed and 10th in scoring defense. NaVorro Bowman will have to hold down a 49ers defense that lost Chris Borland, Perrish Cox, Chris Culliver and Patrick Willis. Needless to say, the 49ers have to form a new identity after losing so much talent.
The Vikings are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The 49ers are 23-6 ATS in their last 29 Monday games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The home team is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
I hae no idea what to expect from the 49ers, as this team's offseason was such a mess and there's a ton of new players and a new coach. I know what we're getting with the Vikings, a young and talented team that's eager to prove itself. No better time than Monday night with the world watching, right?
Give me the road team.