Vikings 49ers Betting – Favre Returns For His 20th NFL Season
After all the hoopla surrounding Brett Favre’s retirement, he has decided to prolong it one last time and return for a 20th NFL season in the hopes of taking the Vikings to the Super Bowl. The San Francisco 49ers finished their 2009 campaign with an 8-8 record and are looking to change their luck as they are currently on a seven-year playoff drought.
NFL Betting: Minnesota Vikings @ San Francisco 49ers
Online Betting Odds: 49ers -3
Why To Bet On The 49ers
The 49ers just signed do-everything pro bowl running back and former Philadelphia Eagle Brian Westbrook to a one-year deal. With Westbrook backing up Frank Gore, they now have a lethal 1-2 combination of running backs to help San Francisco with their offense. Westbrook was a standout with the Eagles for eight seasons rushing for 37 touchdowns and 29 receiving touchdowns. He will play a pivotal role in San Francisco’s lineup. The 49ers defense has also looked sharp after intercepting Indianapolis Colts backup quarterback Curtis Painter three times in their first preseason game and they should give Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson fits. The 49ers second-string quarterback David Carr was consistent in his preseason debut after going nine-for-11 for 98 yards and a touchdown. The former No. 1 overall pick is more than capable of handling the duties once Alex Smith sits.
Why To Bet On The Vikings
The 49ers offense looked sloppy in game one as they fumbled the ball, dropped numerous passes and the offensive line looked rusty after allowing three sacks on quarterback David Carr. The offense has also had difficulty this preseason with third down conversions as they have converted just three-of-nine. Jackson has played for the Minnesota Vikings his entire career. He knows the system inside and out and has handled the majority of starting quarterback responsibilities until Brett Favre replaced him. Backup Sage Rosenfels is no stranger to the NFL after starting 10 games for the Houston Texans in 2007 and 2008. He looked outstanding in his preseason debut against the St. Louis Rams going 23-for-34 for 310 yards and three touchdowns. He will give the 49ers defense issues if he can have another brilliant game. Watch out for the Vikings defense as they sacked the Rams quarterbacks six times last game and held them to 150 total offensive yards.
How The Game Will Play Out
It will take time for Westbrook to get into game shape and understand the 49ers offensive system. The 49ers quarterback duo of Smith and Carr have both had minimal success throughout their NFL careers and neither looks as if they are truly turning for the better. The Vikings looked hungry in their first game against the Rams and were solid on both sides of the ball. When a team does that much damage on the offensive end and Adrian Peterson isn’t even playing, you know they mean business. The Vikings will dominate this game and their defense will not allow the 49ers quarterbacks to see the light of the day.