Vikings vs 49ers Winner Is Clear, Says ESPN
The Vikings vs 49ers winner is clear, says ESPN.
Heading into Saturday’s NFC Divisional Round showdown between these two teams, nobody is giving Minnesota much of a chance.
ESPN recently developed a computer model that predicts the outcome of looming games.
According to this model, San Francisco has a 66.1 percent chance of emerging from this weekend’s match-up victorious.
Obviously that makes the Niners a pretty heavy favorite.
On its face, this makes sense. San Francisco has home-field advantage and is going be more healthy now with the returns of pass rusher Dee Ford and linebacker Kwon Alexander.
Furthermore, this team only lost three games all season long – and each of those came in the final moments. That means those outings easily could have gone the other way.
That being said, Minnesota is a lot better than most of the six-seeds that generally make the playoffs. This is a squad that is as talented as any in the conference, due to a unique mix of experience and general chemistry.
Eight of the Vikings’ defensive starters have played a minimum of five seasons together. That is some serious continuity. And it shows on the field. Minnesota’s defense is doing to make San Francisco’s offense work for every single point and each possession.
The real question is what the team can expect out of its offense.
The Vikings have a lot of talent on offense as well, but there are legit health questions surrounding Stefon Diggs, Dalvin Cook and Adam Thielen.
If those guys are ready to go and at 80+ percent, Minnesota has a real shot of pulling off an upset. If not, then ESPN’s prognostication will likely prove accurate.