Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers - 1/11/20 NFL Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Vikings (11-6) at San Francisco 49ers (13-3)
NFL Football: Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 4:35 pm (Levi's Stadium)
The Line: San Francisco 49ers -7 -- Over/Under: 44.5
The Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers meet Saturday in the NFC Divisional Playoffs at Levi's Stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings look for another road playoff victory after beating the New Orleans Saints in overtime last Sunday. The Minnesota Vikings have won five of their last seven road games. Kirk Cousins is completing 69.1 percent of his passes for 3,603 yards, 26 touchdowns and six interceptions. Cousins has two or more touchdown passes in 12 of his last 24 games. Stefon Diggs and Dalvin Cook have combined for 1,649 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Adam Thielen has 30 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 133.3 yards per contest, and Cook leads the way with 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 18.9 points and 341.6 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 110 tackles, Danielle Hunter has 14.5 sacks and Anthony Harris has six interceptions.
The San Francisco 49ers enter the playoffs winning five of their last seven games. The San Francisco 49ers have won six of their last eight home games. Jimmy Garoppolo is completing 69.1 percent of his passes for 3,978 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Garoppolo has four touchdown passes in three of his last nine games. George Kittle and Deebo Samuel have combined for 1,855 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Emmanuel Sanders has 36 receptions. The San Francisco 49ers ground game is averaging 144.1 yards per contest, and Raheem Mostert leads the way with 772 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, San Francisco is allowing 19.3 points and 277.4 yards per game. Fred Warner leads the San Francisco 49ers with 118 tackles, Arik Armstead has 10 sacks and Richard Sherman has three interceptions.
The Vikings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NFC and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The 49ers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games as a favorite and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games on grass. The over is 5-1 in Vikings last 6 road games. The over is 3-0-1 in 49ers last 4 games overall. The home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Minnesota Vikings are a dangerous football team, and they showed that last week beating a Saints team in New Orleans, a place that's one of the tougher venues in the league. As long as Cousins takes care of the ball and can complete a few passes downfield, this team is capable of beating anybody. The San Francisco 49ers are at home and have had an extra week off, but they had many close call down the stretch and it can be tough at times to trust this offense. I'm taking the free touchdown with the Vikings, a game they'll have a chance to win outright.