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Betting Predictions For Vikings 49ers - 49ers Return To The Gridiron, Looking For One More Step

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/2/2012 6:48:33 PM

The San Francisco 49ers came within a handful of plays of making the Super Bowl last season. Their long journey toward football's biggest event begins against the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota Vikings @ San Francisco 49ers - Friday, August 10   
Online sports betting line: No line

Why Minnesota Will Win

No matter what you might say or think in terms of raw football talent, the calculus in a preseason game, especially the opener, is anything but exact. When trying to make a bet on the first preseason game of the year for two NFL clubs, you need to take a very cautious approach. It's true that in a regular-season game, or perhaps in the third preseason game of the summer (the time when the starters generally get the most on-field repetitions), the San Francisco 49ers would deserve to be a clear favorite against the Minnesota Vikings. However, in a lid-lifter, it's often hard for the veteran players to figure too prominently in the larger scheme of things. The first NFL preseason game usually features very little on-field time for top players.

The coaching staffs are very intent on evaluating new players and seeing where they need to make cuts or adjustments to their rosters. The 49ers have a much more powerful and physically imposing team than the Vikings do, but their frontline performers are not going to play beyond the first 20 minutes. They might very possibly not play for the entirety of the first quarter. Minnesota's starters are inferior when compared to San Francisco's, but their lack of quality is precisely what will give them more playing time and therefore a greater chance to succeed. Minnesota quarterback

Christian Ponder will probably struggle against San Francisco's first-team defense on the first two series of the game, but he will probably get more work than just two series. He'll find his range against 49er backups on the third and fourth series of the game, and that development will likely give the Vikings the opening they need.

Why San Francisco Will Win

When making an NFL betting play, you can look at the likelihood that the Vikings' starters will get more playing time than the 49ers' foremost players, but one should still realize that the Vikings' starters and second-stringers are young, unproven and underdeveloped. San Francisco receives such excellent guidance from head coach Jim Harbaugh and the rest of his staff. The 49ers are likely to take the field with the right attitude and mindset. They're going to play their physical style of ball regardless of the specific players who will fill each position over the course of 60 minutes. Yes, San Francisco doesn't have a lot to prove in this game. However, the 49ers established a new way of proceeding last season, and that novel approach will enable them to win.

Who Will Win

It’s clear that San Francisco will have a much better regular season than Minnesota, but in the preseason, those kinds of notions don't carry too much water. The Vikings will play their starters a lot more, and in this kind of environment, that matters. Go with Minnesota.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Minnesota


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