San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/27/2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
U.S. Bank Stadium
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U.S. Bank Stadium is the venue for the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, August 27, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Minnesota as 4.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 42. The Vikings were 9-7-0 against the spread last year and their over/under mark was 7-9-0. The 49ers were 4-11-1 ATS and their over/under record was 10-6-0.
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Valuable San Francisco 49ers Betting Trends
The San Francisco 49ers were 10-6-0 against the over/under last season
The San Francisco 49ers were 4-11-1 against the spread last year
Important Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends
The Minnesota Vikings were 7-9-0 against the over/under last season
The Minnesota Vikings were 9-7-0 against the spread last year
Key San Francisco 49ers Injuries
08/18/17 DB Jimmie Ward Hamstring probable Sunday vs. Carolina
Key Minnesota Vikings Injuries
07/30/17 QB Teddy Bridgewater Knee PUP
Useful Offensive Statistics
The San Francisco 49ers ran for 2,019 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 4th in the league. They ran 458 times, averaging 4.4 yards per rush as a unit. The 49ers were penalized on offense 99 times for 831 yards last season, which had them 25th in the NFL in penalties. They were 27th in the National Football League in points scored with 309. They ran 996 plays last year for 4,930 yards, which ranked them 31st in the NFL in total offense. The 49ers averaged 4.9 yards per play, which was 30th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 287 1st downs last season, ranking them 30th overall as an offensive unit. Brian Hoyer completed 134 throws while attempting 200 passes for a completion percentage of 67.0% last year. He passed for 1,445 yards. He averaged 10.8 yards per completion and 7.2 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 98.0 and his QBR was 61.1.
The 49ers rush defense gave up 548 attempts for 2,654 yards last season, putting them in 32nd place in the NFL against the run. They had 93 penalties for 780 yards on defense last year. That placed them 2nd in the league. They allowed a score on 41.4% of possessions on defense, which was 29th in the NFL. San Francisco was 32nd in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 480. They gave up a total of 6,502 yards on D, which was 32nd in the league. The 49ers were 29th in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Their pass defense allowed 6.9 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 28th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 322 throws on 521 attempts against the San Francisco 49ers defense last season, ranking them 4th and 2nd in the league. The San Francisco pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,848 yards in the air, which was 14th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The San Francisco 49ers tried 21 field goals last season and made 18, which was 31st in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 85.7%. San Francisco 49ers kickers made 97% of their extra points, going 33 for 34 last season. Their punters accumulated 4,402 yards on 100 punts, averaging 23 yards per punt. That ranked them 26th in the NFL in punting average. San Francisco was 28th in the NFL in punt returns with 23 last year. They totaled 216 punt return yards and averaged 9.4 yards per return, which was 10th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 33 yards. They returned 38 kicks for 749 yards on special teams, placing them 15th in kick return yardage. The 49ers averaged 19.7 yards per kick return and had a long of 41 yards last season. They were 31st in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,150.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Minnesota Vikings were 23rd in the NFL in points scored with 327 last season. They ran 1,006 plays last year for 5,041 yards, which ranked them 28th in the league in total offense. The Vikings averaged 5 yards per play, which was 29th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 303 1st downs last year, placing them 25th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Minnesota ran for 1,205 yards as a team, which ranked 32nd in the NFL. They ran 380 times last year, averaging 3.2 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Vikings were penalized on offense 103 times for 882 yards last season, which had them 22nd in the league in penalties. Sam Bradford threw for 3,877 yards last season. He completed 395 passes on 552 attempts for a completion percentage of 71.6%. His QBR last year was 59.0 while is quarterback rating was 99.3. He averaged 7.0 yards per pass attempt and 9.8 yards per completion.
Minnesota was 6th in the league in points allowed on defense with 307 last year. They surrendered a total of 5,038 yards on D, which was 3rd in the NFL. The Vikings were ranked 7th in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Their pass defense gave up 5.6 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 2nd in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 332 passes on 548 attempts against the Minnesota defense last season, placing them 7th and 10th in the National Football League. The Minnesota Vikings pass defense also gave up a total of 3,327 yards through the air, which was 3rd overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 404 attempts for 1,711 yards last year, putting them in 20th place in the league against the run. The Vikings committed 99 penalties for 825 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 5th in the NFL. They gave up a score on 33.3% of possessions on defense, which was 10th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
Minnesota was ranked 12th in the league in punt returns last season with 34. They accumulated 354 punt return yards and averaged 10.4 yards per return, which was 8th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 79 yards. They returned 33 kicks for 902 yards on special teams, ranking 6th in kick return yardage. The Vikings averaged 27.3 yards per kick return and had a long of 104 yards last year. They were 24th in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,580. The Minnesota Vikings attempted 31 field goals last season and made 27, which was 19th in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 87.1%. Minnesota kickers made 79% of their extra points, going 26 for 33 last year. Their punters totaled 3,155 yards on 74 punts, averaging 34 yards per punt. That placed them 30th in the NFL in punting average.
Who will win tonight's 49ers/Vikings NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Vikings -4.5
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