The Minnesota Vikings host the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday. Here is a preview of what to expect in this opening-week encounter between the clubs.
It’s safe to say that both the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings had plenty of Super Bowl history. But while the former organization has experienced a ton of positives when it comes in to the Big Game, it has been the polar opposite for the Purple Gang. In fact, the Vikings haven’t appeared in the Super Bowl in more than 40 years parentheses (1976) and have never hoisted a Lombardi Trophy after four attempts.
The last time these teams took the field, the Niners were busy winning their fifth consecutive game after a 1-10 start. That wasn’t enough to avoid a third consecutive last-place finish in the NFC West. On the other hand, the Vikings were with one win of playing Super Bowl LII in their home stadium. But the club was crushed in Philadelphia, 38-7, in the NFC title game.
It’s safe to say a lot has changed for both franchises since the end of 2017. So what can we expect on Sunday in the Twin Cities?
What time, channel is 49ers at Vikings on?
On Sunday afternoon, the 49ers and Vikings will collide at U.S. Bank Stadium. It’s a 1:00 pm ET kickoff and the Fox crew of Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst) and Pam Oliver (field reporter) is on the call. Minnesota hosts this series for the first time since 2012.
Time: 1:00 pm ET
Broadcasters: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis, Pam Oliver
Odds: Minnesota (-6), Over/Under: 46
Online streaming: NFL Sunday Ticket MAX, NFL Game Pass (subscription required)
49ers blog: Niner Noise
Vikings blog: The Viking Age
As the week goes on, continue to check the current line, and spread at OddsShark.com.
Including the playoffs a year ago, the Vikings were 8-1 overall at home and a healthy 7-2 ATS. Meanwhile, the 49ers were 3-5 away from home a season ago. But it’s worth noting that all three of those victories came in the final five weeks of 2017.