49ers-Vikings Betting Preview: Is the Market Overvaluing Minnesota?


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Sep 07, 2018, 04:00 AM EDT

Betting odds: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings

  • Spread: Vikings -6.5
  • Over/Under: 46
  • Time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: FOX

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Betting market: Despite Jimmy Garoppolo’s impressive showing with San Francisco to end the 2017 season, only 35% of bettors are taking him and the 49ers plus the points as of writing (see live data here).

Over the past two weeks, the line has gone from +5.5 to +6.5, but I imagine it would take another wave of sharp action on the Vikings to bump them up to the key number of -7.Mark Gallant

Injury watch: The 49ers are without stud linebacker Reuben Foster for the first two games of the season due to suspension, and starting running back Jerick McKinnon (torn ACL) will miss the entire season.

The rest of the 49ers offense is at least healthy, with tight end George Kittle (shoulder) and running back Matt Breida (shoulder) good to go following preseason injuries.

The Niners’ defense, however, could be without starting linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and versatile defensive back Jimmie Ward (quad).

The Vikings are down two starting linemen in left guard Nick Easton (neck, IR) and center Pat Elflein (shoulder/ankle, doubtful). But the likes of cornerback Xavier Rhodes (hamstring), wide receiver Adam Thielen (leg) and left tackle Riley Reiff (ankle/shoulder) are all expected to suit up Sunday.

Zimmer also confirmed that running back Dalvin Cook (ACL) is back to 100% and ready to roll. Ian Hartitz

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