NFL Picks: Week 7 Vikings vs. 49ers


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This NFL Monday Football Night, October 23, 2023, the San Francisco 49ers prepare to face off against the Minnesota Vikings at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 



SPREAD:  San Francisco 49ers -6.5 (-115), Minnesota Vikings +6.5 (-105)

MONEYLINE:  San Francisco 49ers- 309, Minnesota Vikings +240

TOTAL:  San Francisco 49ers O 44 (-110), Minnesota Vikings U 44 (-110)


McCaffrey and 49ers Set to Reclaim the Spotlight

NFL Team San Francisco 49ersThe 49ers come into this matchup fresh off a hard-fought 19-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns in their last outing on October 15. Quarterback Brock Purdy, who has been filling in admirably for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo, had a challenging day under center. Purdy managed 125 passing yards on 12-of-27 completions, with a completion rate of 44.4%. He threw for one touchdown but was intercepted once. Christian McCaffrey, the focal point of the 49ers’ offense, had a solid yet unspectacular game, rushing for 43 yards on 11 carries, at an average of 3.9 yards per carry. McCaffrey contributed three receptions for nine yards and found the end zone through the air. Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk was one of the standout performers, recording four receptions for 76 yards, averaging an impressive 19.0 yards per catch.

For the San Francisco 49ers, Brock Purdy has been effective in managing the offense, amassing 1,396 passing yards, averaging 232.7 yards per game, and boasting a completion rate of 67.5%. Purdy has thrown for ten touchdowns and just one interception, making him a reliable playmaker. Christian McCaffrey has been the driving force in the ground game, with 553 rushing yards, an average of 92.2 yards per game, and a remarkable seven touchdowns. Additionally, McCaffrey has been a dual-threat with 177 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel have been key targets for Purdy, combining for three touchdowns and 756 receiving yards.

On the defensive side, players like Drake Jackson, Fred Warner, and Talanoa Hufanga have made significant contributions in tackles for loss, sacks, interceptions, and pass defense. The NFL Odds have the 49ers as one of the favorites to win it all.


Vikings Eye Continued Success Against Tough 49ers

NFL Team Minnesota VikingsOn the flip side, the Minnesota Vikings are coming off a 19-13 victory over the Chicago Bears in their last outing. Kirk Cousins put up a steady performance, completing 21-of-31 passes for 181 yards, throwing one touchdown and no interceptions. Running back Alexander Mattison ground out 44 yards on 18 carries, at a less impressive 2.4 yards per attempt, but he made up for it with four receptions for 28 yards. Tight end T.J. Hockenson was a reliable target for Cousins, hauling in six passes on eight targets for 50 yards, averaging 8.3 yards per reception.

For the Minnesota Vikings, Kirk Cousins has been the steady hand at quarterback, averaging 181 passing yards per game and throwing eight touchdowns with no interceptions this season. Alexander Mattison has taken on the role of the primary rusher, while T.J. Hockenson has been a reliable target for Cousins.  The NFL Lines and Vikings with a Big Challenge to win this game.

Betting Information

The San Francisco 49ers have shown consistency with four wins against the spread in six games this season. When they’ve been favorites by 6.5 points or more, the 49ers have covered the spread in two out of four games. Regarding over/under bets, the 49ers’ games have exceeded the point total in half of their contests, with a 50% success rate.

In contrast, the Minnesota Vikings have secured two wins against the spread thus far in the 2023 season. Their games have hit the over just once in six opportunities, showcasing a 16.7% success rate in surpassing the point total.