The San Francisco 49ers will host the Minnesota Vikings on September 14, 2015 for Monday night football. Where to bet? NFL week 1 betting lines are available at Bovada Sportsbook, where you can bet on this game and get a 50% free bet bonus with your deposit.
San Francisco is home favorite with a point spread of -1.5 along a total over under betting line of 41.5 points.
The 49ers lost key players on offense during the offseason like Frank Gore, Mike Lupati and Anthony Davis among others that basically puts the team on rebuilding mode. It’s all up to QB Colin Kaepernick to make things work in the attack next season.
On defense San Francisco lost a lot of players as well: cornerbacks Chris Culliver and Perrish Cox, linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland to retirement and defensive end Justin Smith. The team also released pass rusher Aldon Smith following an arrest on hit-and-run, driving under the influence and vandalism charges. Clearly new defensive coordinator Eric Mangini will a lot of work to do next season.
The Vikings will start the season with high hopes, having Adrian Peterson back in business along QB Teddy Bridgewater. Minnesota improved its passing offense by trading for wide receiver Mike Wallace during the offseason, who will try to make himself as one of the NFL’s most dangerous big-play threats once again.
The Vikings defense is also set to advance this year, even after the vast improvement that was made between the Vikings’ 2013 campaign under head coach Leslie Frazier and last season under Zimmer (who is a lauded defensive guru). After finishing 11th in points surrendered and 14th in total-yardage-against last season (32nd and 31st in 2013, respectively), the team has already showed itself to be much more solid on that side of the ball.
Prediction: The 49ers still have talent on both sides of the ball, but it will likely take a few games before that talent begins to gel under Tomsula. Mike Zimmer already used last year to get accustomed to the personnel he has, and there’s no doubt that he’ll have his team ready to go come Week 1. We like the Vikings to get the upset here.
Pick: Minnesota Vikings +1.5
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