San Francisco 49ers (2-14) at Minnesota Vikings (8-8)
|Date & Time||Sunday August 27, 2017, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -4.5 -- Over/Under: 42
The Week 3 NFL preseason action will be wrapping up on Sunday, August 27 as the San Francisco 49ers meet up with the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium.
The Niners are sitting at 1-1 in the preseason so far, following an opener win over the Chiefs 27-17 and a Week 2 loss to the Broncos 33-14. In that game, there were a few positive signs for the 49ers, including QB CJ Beathard’s 7-for-12 line for 110 yards and a TD to George Kittle. Carlos Hyde was the top rusher for San Fran, with eight carries for 26 yards.
The 49ers are fresh off a 2016 that saw them finish a dismal 2-14, last place in the NFC West. That effort led to the firing of head coach Chip Kelly, who was replaced by Kyle Shanahan. Notable signings in the offseason by the Niners include WR DeAndre Carter, WR Pierre Garcon, QB Brian Hoyer, FB Kyle Juszczyk, WR Aldrich Robinson and RB Tim Hightower.
Over on the Vikings’ side, they have a 1-1 mark in the preseason so far as well. Minnesota beat the Bills 17-10 in the opener then fell to the Seahawks last Friday by a score of 20-13. In that one, QB Sam Bradford finished 7-of-11 for 95 yards, while WR Stefon Diggs was the top receiver on four catches for 65 yards.
Minnesota managed to go 8-8 in the 2016 season, starting out 5-0 but faltering after the bye week. The Vikings will look to get back into the thick of things in the NFC North with notable additions to the roster including RB Latavius Murray, QB Case Keenum, WR Michael Floyd and OT Riley Reiff.
Injury-wise, we’ve got some names to monitor on both sides. Banged-up key names for the 49ers include LB NaVorro Bowman, S Jered Bell, C Daniel Kilgore and WR Eric Rogers. As for the Vikings, they’ll be watching DT Sharif Floyd, S Andrew Sender and CB Trae Waynes but all in all are pretty healthy right now.
The 49ers are 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 road games, and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 versus the NFC. San Francisco is also 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last four games on fieldturf.
Meanwhile, the Vikings are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games on field turf and 22-7 ATS in their last 29 home games. Minnesota is also 38-17 ATS in their last 55 games overall, and the under is 10-4 in the Vikings’ last 14 versus the NFC.
Both of these squads should be improving this year, though in the case of the 49ers there aren’t too many places to go but up. Still, the Vikings have enough talent to be able to compete in the division and could very well eke out a Wild Card berth. We’ll get to see a heavy dose of first-team starters in this one and I like Minnesota to take care of business here and cover.