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Week five in the NFL concludes when the San Francisco 49ers traveling to Minnesota to face the Vikings on Monday. Regardless of the injuries to Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel, the 49ers are a 6.5-point favorite in this matchup.
After scoring a touchdown in his 15th consecutive game, McCaffrey injured his oblique. He returned to the game for two plays and was ruled out shortly after.
San Francisco’s wide receiver Samuel was also ruled out of that game and didn’t return for an apparent shoulder injury.
Samuel has already been ruled out for the contest, but all signs point to McCaffrey playing on Monday night. The two stars were injured in last week's loss to the Browns. San Francisco will look to get back on track against the Vikings.
Minnesota has been one of the biggest disappointments in the NFC. After winning the NFC North just a year ago, it seems this team can’t buy a win.
Justin Jefferson has been placed on injured reserve for the first time in his career, and Kirk Cousins is trying to figure out what to do without his stud wide receiver.
With all of the injuries to both teams, props are the best way to attack this game.
Before last week, the 49ers were looked at as the team to beat in the NFL. Brock Purdy has proved his worth since joining the team, and George Kittle is always a dangerous option at tight end.
Yet, he’s been used inconsistently this season compared to the last few seasons. This year, he’s only had over 3.5 catches once in 2023.
While the 49ers have a few injuries that could put Kittle in a position to receive a little more attention, we still don’t believe that Purdy will have to force the ball downfield. Minnesota gives up 22.5 points per game, and those stats came against bad teams. The 49ers should go up early and not have to press too much on offense.
San Francisco has blown out most of their competition this season, including wins by 32, 23, and 19 points. It doesn’t seem to matter who they face off against because the 49ers have covered consistently.
Christian McCaffrey has scored a touchdown in 15 consecutive games, and it doesn’t appear that the Niners coaching staff will let that streak snap anytime soon. As the best running back in the league, McCaffrey himself could cover this spread without the rest of the offense on the field.
When the Vikings lost Justin Jefferson for a few weeks to a hamstring injury, this offense hasn’t looked the same. They don’t have any idea as of now how long he will be held out. It will be very hard for Minnesota to compete in this matchup without Jefferson creating explosive plays.
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It’s no secret what you hear about Kirk Cousins in primetime games in his career. He has never been able to play well with the lights on in a night game.
Cousins turns into an interception machine in primetime games. For this reason, it’s an easy decision to bet on Cousins to go over 0.5 interceptions.
The 49ers defense currently leads the NFL in the interceptions, which makes this wager even more appealing. In just six games this season, the San Francisco defense has 11 interceptions, averaging almost two per game. We will take these odds at -106 any day of the week for the present matchup.
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Tanner Kern has been working in the betting industry since 2020. He currently is a social media content creator at DraftKings and contributes to multiple sites in addition to WSN, including Forbes and VSiN. He is also the cohost of the podcast Ride the Line at WSN.More info on Tanner Kern
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