49ers Open Season As Underdogs Against Vikings
The San Francisco 49ers odds for week 1 game against the Minnesota Vikings have them as 5.5 point road underdogs, which isn’t surprising because the Vikings finished tied for the best record in the NFC and made it to the NFC Championship Game, where they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, who went on to win their first Super Bowl.
During the offseason, the 49ers had the most money bet on them thanks to the performance of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was acquired by the team from the New England Patriots at the trade deadline.
Garoppolo led the 49ers, who had one win in their first 11 games last season to a 5-0 finish to the season. His performance helped him get a new contract from the 49ers, and also made the team one of the most popular picks to make the playoffs this season.
While Garoppolo and the 49ers are hoping to make the playoffs in what is expected to be a tough NFC West this season, the Vikings are hoping to make it to the Super Bowl, and made a few moves in the offseason to improve their chances.
The Vikings decided to let Case Keenum, who led the team to the NFC Championship game, leave in free agency. Keenum was quickly signed by the Denver Broncos, who had a need for a starting quarterback. Sam Bradford, who led the team to a win over the New Orleans Saints in their season opener last year, signed with the Arizona Cardinals during the offseason.
Teddy Bridgewater, who returned from a serious knee injury last season, signed with the New York Jets during the offseason, meaning the Vikings don’t have any of their quarterbacks from last season coming back.
Minnesota isn’t sweating the loss of their quarterbacks because they all became expendable when the team landed its offseason prize, former Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins. With Cousins as their starting quarterback, the Vikings feel they have the final missing piece to make a Super Bowl run.
Cousins, who threw for over 4,000 yards last season, did so without having any real weapon other than tight end Jordan Reed, who seems to always be dealing with injury issues. With the Vikings, Cousins will be playing with one of the best defenses in the league and will have more offensive weapons that he has had in his entire career.
Dalvin Cook, who missed most of last season with an injury, is healthy and ready to show the league why he was considered to be the best running back in last year’s draft. Tight end Kyle Rudolph, who is one of the most underrated tight ends in the league, finished with 532 yards and eight touchdowns last season, but is expected to have a better year this season with Cousins throwing to him.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan did a great job with the team last season and had them competing in almost every game. Even though the Vikings have more talent on their team than the 49ers, don’t count San Francisco out of this game. If their offense moves the ball around effectively, they should be able to keep Minnesota’s defense on the field for long periods and tire them out, which will help them cover the 5.5 point spread.


 

NFL Week 1 Schedule

Week 1
Thursday, Sep 6, 2018
Game Time/Score TV Location
Atlanta at Philadelphia 8:20 pm NBC Lincoln Financial Field
 
Sunday, Sep 9, 2018
Game Time/Score TV Location
Buffalo at Baltimore 1:00 PM CBS M&T Bank Stadium
Cincinnati at Indianapolis 1:00 PM CBS Lucas Oil Stadium
Houston at New England 1:00 PM CBS Gillette Stadium
Jacksonville at N.Y. Giants 1:00 PM FOX MetLife Stadium
Pittsburgh at Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS FirstEnergy Stadium
San Francisco at Minnesota 1:00 PM FOX U.S. Bank Stadium
Tampa Bay at New Orleans 1:00 PM FOX Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Tennessee at Miami 1:00 PM FOX Hard Rock Stadium
Kansas City at L.A. Chargers 4:05 PM CBS StubHub Center
Dallas at Carolina 4:25 PM FOX Bank of America Stadium
Seattle at Denver 4:25 PM FOX Broncos Stadium at Mile High
Washington at Arizona 4:25 PM FOX University of Phoenix Stadium
Chicago at Green Bay 8:20 PM NBC Lambeau Field
Monday, Sep 10, 2018
Game Time/Score TV Location
N.Y. Jets at Detroit 7:10 pm ESPN Ford Field
L.A. Rams at Oakland 10:20 pm ESPN Oakland Coliseum



 


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