On Sunday in Santa Clara, two 5-5 teams carry out fight, seeking more advantageous playoff positioning.
The Minnesota Vikings are currently the sixth seed in the NFC, space for a date on the Tampa Bay Buccanneers or Dallas Cowboys if the playoffs started this week. On the San Francisco 49ers, they’re teetering on the fringe of the seventh-seed, locked in fight with Contemporary Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and Carolina Panthers.
The winner in Week 12 of Vikings at 49ers will hand one physique of workers a mercurial lane to the wildcard round of the playoffs. And in case you acknowledge nationwide belief as a barometer for future occurring, most analysts think in regards to the 49ers will be victorious.
In step with NFLPickWatch.com, a net set aside that hosts weekly straight-up picks of all NFL video games for pundits, 59% of pundits predict the 49ers will outduel the Vikings.
Too, San Francisco is favored by three aspects, which is the fashioned playing allotment for a physique of workers with homefield advantage. Each and each teams are same, experiencing u.s.a.and downs in 2021. The Vikings barely beat the Detroit Lions and contain choked away obvious victories. The 49ers lost eight straight dwelling video games dating wait on to 2020 sooner than getting off the schneid versus the Los Angeles Rams a pair of weeks in the past.
Plus, San Francisco does neatly what Minnesota struggles against — working the football. The 49ers are the league’s eighth-simplest speeding attack, and this week they’ll identify on the NFL’s sixth-worst flee defense per yards allowed. Including insult to injury (or injury to injury), the Vikings will be with out their whole starting line of defense. Injuries, COVID, and other concerns contain sidelined Minnesota’s starting foursome up entrance defensively this weekend.
The Vikings haven’t received on the 49ers in 14 years. The closing time they received, Tarvaris Jackson was once quarterback, and Trent Dilfer was once taking half in his closing skilled game. After that, the 49ers stifled the Vikings in the season opener of the 2015 season, attributable to a ineffective Vikings effort. And, more infamously, San Francisco ended Minnesota’s season in 2019 — the sport after Kirk Cousins and Kyle Rudolph walked off the Contemporary Orleans Saints. As a rule of thumb, the Vikings carry out no longer have confidence neatly in the 49ers rental, evidenced by an 8-15-1 (.354) all-time file on the motorway against the 49ers.
Minnesota is tasked with stopping vast receiver Deebo Samuel, whose breakout season is one thing to ogle. In many ways, Samuel is a contemporary-day Percy Harvin in a manner utilized by the 49ers offense. Then, San Francisco, below Kyle Shanahan, constantly looks to contain three or four working backs who cut and dice the opposition.
By some potential, in a technique — the Vikings will desire to be ingenious on defense, bettering on sins of failing to cease the lumber in the season’s first 10 video games. Damage experiences be damned.
Indispensable personalities predicting the Vikings to envision? Maurice Jones-Drew, Domonique Foxworth, Kevin Seifert, Mike Clay, Jason La Canfora, and Adam Defective.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the College of Minnesota in 2007. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates wait on to 1996. Listed responsible pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doorways (the band).