The second week of the NFL Playoffs is the divisional round and it all gets underway at Levi’s Stadium where the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings will battle it out for the first spot in the NFC Championship game.
The Vikings have already been on the road and knocked off a decent side in this postseason so they will be full of confidence but the San Francisco 49ers were the best team in the Conference in the regular season so they will be daunting opposition.
San Francisco 49ers
I don’t always think that the week off is a good thing in these playoffs but it might have been the perfect tonic for the San Francisco 49ers. I say that for a couple of reasons, firstly because they had a real tough, iconic battle with the Seattle Seahawks in their last match of the regular campaign, and also because they have been carrying a few injuries to some key players so the chance to ease them through that and get them up to full speed would have been no bad thing.
Earlier in the season when injuries were not an issue the 49ers were running amok and there is a clear case for that to possibly happen here. We know they are potent on offense, whether that is by running the ball or through the air to a seemingly unstoppable George Kittle, and we also know that they’ll go quarterback hunting, and there is every chance they will get home a few times as well. San Francisco should be tough to beat here.
You always have to give full credit to any side who go on the road in the postseason and pick up the victory, let alone the Minnesota Vikings who went to the Superdome and came out on top last week. There was a fair bit of controversy involved in the ending but over the course of the piece the Vikings probably deserved to get the job done and will fancy their chances of a repeat here. If they are able to do that they’ll be one win from the Super Bowl again.
Dalvin Cook was the star for the Vikings last week while Adam Thielen had a big game and there could be even more to come from them here because Stefon Diggs only caught two passes against New Orleans. The one thing the Vikings have to do if they are going to win this game is control the running game of the 49ers. If that gets away from them then Cook might not be as influential as they would like him to be and that spells trouble.
I think San Francisco 49ers will win this match with home advantage and the fact they are without doubt the better side of the two obviously in their favour but whether they cover seven points I’m not so sure. I don’t really want to take the Minnesota Vikings on that line though because I’m all too aware they went to overtime last week and that will have taken a lot out of them so I’ll attack a different market here.
I think the total points line is a little on the low side at 44.5. Both these teams can put up points and this is one of those matches that could easily become a shootout given what is at stake and the big playmakers that are involved in it. Often this round of games are high scoring as one team are well rested and the other full of confidence after a win. I fancy this one can be likewise. With the running backs on show drives can be converted into touchdowns so I like the over here.
Back Over 44.5pts for a 4/10 stake at 1.95 with Betway