Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers Matchup Preview (11/28/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

Minnesota Vikings Vs. San Francisco 49ers Matchup Preview (11/28/21)

The Minnesota Vikings travel to Santa Clara to play the San Francisco 49ers in week 12.  The Vikings are coming off a win over their NFC North rival Green Bay Packers as time expired, 34-31.  Minnesota is the only team in the NFL to lead by at least seven points in each game this season. The 49ers who are now 5-5, beat the Jaguars on the road handily 30-10.  San Francisco is on a two-game winning streak scoring a combined 61 points in those games.

Minnesota Vikings Vs. San Francisco 49ers Betting Odds

The 49ers are a 3-point home favorite this week.  The Vikings are 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games. Overall, on the season they’re 6-4 against the spread; 2-3 on the road.  San Francisco is scoring 23 points per game at home.  Minnesota on the road, is scoring 29.8 points per game.  The Vikings have scored over 30 points in five games this season.  The 49ers have allowed 10 points per game in their last two contests and have won three of their last four games.  

My Prediction: 49ers 30-24, 49ers cover and over 48.5 points.

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TV Schedule

Date: November 28th, 2021
Time: 4:25 PM ET
Location: Levi Stadium – Santa Clara, CA
TV Coverage: CFOX

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Minnesota Vikings Analysis

The Vikings are seventh in the NFL in total offense averaging 387 yards per game.  They’re also scoring 25.5 points per game.  

Kirk Cousins was 24-35 for 341 yards, three touchdowns, no interceptions with a 128.4 passer rating in the win vs. Green Bay.  He has thrown for at least three touchdown passes in a game 20 times since joining the club in 2018.  In the win over the Packers, Cousins tied Aaron Rodgers for most games with a least 300 passing yards, three plus touchdowns and a 115 plus passer rating in a player’s first 10 season since 1950 with 19, per NFL.com.  The former Michigan State Spartan has 21 touchdown passes and two interceptions in 2021, the best touchdown to interception ratio in a season in Vikings’ history.  

In the win against the Packers Justin Jefferson had eight receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns.  He became the first player in the NFL this season to top 100 receiving yards in the first quarter.   The 2020 first round pick leads the Vikings this season in receiving with 63 catches for 944 yards and six touchdowns: averaging 15 yards per reception.  He has the most receptions among Minnesota players in their first two season with 151.  Additionally, he’s tied with the great Randy Moss for most games with at least 100 receiving yards among Vikings players in their first two season per NFL.com.  Jefferson has the most games with 100 plus receiving yards since 2020 with 11 per PFF.  The LSU product also has the most receptions of at least 15 yards since 2020 with 58.  Is Justin Jefferson the best receiver right now in the NFL?  Adam Thielen is the other player part of the Vikings dangerous receiving duo.  In 2021, Thielen has 58 receptions with 624 yards and a team leading eight touchdown catches.  He has at least eight receiving touchdowns in two straight seasons; last season he had a whopping 14 touchdown grabs.  The alum of Minnesota State has been targeted 83 times on the season and is averaging 62.4 receiving yards a game in 2021.  Tight end Tyler Conklin is the Vikings third leading receiver with 38 catches for 388 yards and three touchdowns.  While he’s not in the upper echelon of tight ends in the league, he can make a tough grab at point in a game. 

The Vikings’ rushing attack is averaging 119.2 yards per game ranking them 11th in the NFL.  They’ve scored five touchdowns as a group on the ground this season.  

The Vikings defense is allowing 378.9 yards of total offense, ranking them 28th in the NFL. Minnesota is tied for the league lead in sacks with 31.  Linebacker Eric Kendricks has started all 10 games this season and has four sacks.  Additionally, he has 102 combined tackles, five tackles for loss and three quarterback hits.  I would expect Minnesota’s head coach Mike Zimmer to play an aggressive style against the 49ers since it is known quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo can have “happy feet” in the pocket under pressure.  

Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart

QB: Kirk Cousins
RB1: Dalvin Cook
RB2: Alexander Mattison
WR1: Justin Jefferson
WR2: Adam Thielen
WR3: K.J. Osborn
TE1: Tyler Conklin
TE2: Chris Herndon

San Francisco 49ers Analysis

The 49ers are 13th in the NFL in total offense with 359.3 yards per game.  They’re also scoring 24.6 points per game.  

Jimmy Garoppolo threw two touchdown passes for the third consecutive game, longest streak of his career in the victory at Jacksonville.  He completed 16-22 passes for 176 yards and had a 126.3 passer rating.  He has a 100 plus passer rating in four straight games for the first time since the end of the 2019 regular season.  On the season the 49ers quarterback has thrown for 2,112 yards, 12 touchdowns and completed 66.9% of his passes.  He’s thrown for over 300 yards in two of his last four games as San Francisco has gone 3-1 in those contests 

Receiver Deebo Samuel is one of the most dangerous players in the NFL wherever he’s lined up on the field.  In the win over the Jaguars, Samuel rushed for 79 yards and a touchdown.  He has at least one rushing touchdown in a game six times in his NFL career.  The second-round pick in the 2019 draft leads the team in receiving with 55 catches for 994 yards and five touchdowns.  Samuel is second in the NFL in receiving yards and yards per game with 99.4 and is averaging an incredible 18.1 yards a reception.  

Brandon Aiyuk has come alive for the 49ers the last few weeks. Starting the season with only nine catches in his first six games of the season and being target 16 times, it looked as though Aiyuk was the forgotten man in the San Francisco offense.  Against the Jaguars he led the team in receiving with seven receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown.  The former Arizona State Sun Devil has been targeted 26 times with 20 catches for 245 yards and two touchdowns over his last four games.  In two seasons he has 1,089 receiving yards, eight touchdowns and is averaging 12.2 yards a reception. 

On the season the 49ers are averaging 123.2 rushing yards per game this season.  George Kittle who’s arguably the best tight end in the league missed three games in 2021 after suffering a calf injury against Seattle in week 4 that got progressively worse.  An exceptional blocker in the run game, San Francisco’s rushing attack struggled while he was out.  But, Kittle thrives in the 49ers passing game.  The All-Pro has 34 catches for 412 yards this season: averaging 12.1 yards per reception.  He has three receiving touchdowns in three straight games: longest streak of his career.  

The San Francisco defense is ranked sixth in the league allowing its opponents 318.3 yards per game.  They’ve allowed 22.2 points per game this season.  

The defensive unit has 23 sacks this season.  Arden Key has at least one sack in three straight games.  Nick Bosa one of the best defensive players in the NFL leads San Francisco in sacks with 10.  He has 15 tackles for loss and 22 quarterback hits on the season.  The 49ers will need him badgering Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins all game long to slow down Minnesota’s passing attack.    

San Francisco 49ers Depth Chart

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1: Elijah Mitchell
RB2: Jeff Wilson Jr.
WR1: Deebo Samuel
WR2: Brandon Aiyuk
WR3: Jauan Jennings
TE1: George Kittle
TE2: Ross Dwelley

Minnesota Vikings Vs. San Francisco 49ers Daily Fantasy Picks

The Vikings Dalvin Cook has surpassed Robert Smith for the second-most games with at least 15 fantasy points among running backs in Minnesota’s history with 35, per NFL.com.  Cook has four rushing touchdowns this year and is the team’s leading rusher 734 yards on 161 carries.  

Elijah Mitchell is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Vikings as he’s recovering from surgery on his fractured finger.  His explosive style of running is missing from the 49ers’ lineup.  On the season, the rookie has started six games, leading the team in rushing with 560 yards, averaging 80 yards rushing per game.  Jeff Wilson carried the ball 19 times last week in the 49ers win over Jacksonville, but only averaged 2.63 yards a carry.  I’d be weary of including any of the 49ers running backs your lineup this week. 

Scott is graduate of Hofstra University and has worked in the sports media for over 20 years as a Producer and Writer. His dream is to see the New York Jets one day hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two children.

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