NFL betting lines handicappers will have an outstanding preseason matchup Sunday night that could be a preview of the NFC playoffs as San Francisco hosts Minnesota. SBG Global opened with the San Francisco 49ers as a 3.5-point favorite over the Minnesota Vikings with an over/under of 34.5. Kickoff is set for 8:05 PM Eastern and the game can be seen on NBC.
The Vikings were in top form last week in their preseason opener as they dominated the St. Louis Rams in a 28-7 win. Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson split time at quarterback for the Vikings and Brett Favre was in seclusion at home in Mississippi. Favre rejoined the team this week but is doubtful to see much if any action in this matchup.
Rosenfels was quite impressive against the Rams as he threw for a whopping 310 yards and 3 touchdowns as he went 23-34 overall.
“Mentally, I was going into the game thinking like it’s a full game,” said Rosenfels. “I got more and more comfortable as the game went on. It’s been a while since I’ve been out there, seeing real live action. A lot of guys did a lot of good things.”
Jackson hardly played at all and went 2-4 for 11 yards before giving way to Rosenfels.
With Favre back in camp the Vikings will be an instant sports betting favorite to win the NFC. Many observers felt as if they should have on it last year but the Vikings literally gave the NFC Championship Game away at New Orleans with costly turnovers that they avoided in the regular season.
“I’ve said a lot of times we’re the best team that didn’t win a Super Bowl,” said defensive end Jared Allen. “The best team didn’t win that game (NFC Championship). I mean, you can look at stats, and we held them to under 200 yards passing and under 70 yards rushing. But turnovers killed us.”
Handicappers betting NFL preseason games know that the Vikings have plenty of talent on both sides of the line but that Favre is the last missing piece of the puzzle. Neither Jackson nor Rosenfels can match the 40-year old Favre’s presence and ability to pull games out of the fire.
“Whoever plays quarterback is surrounded by great players,” said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
One of those great players is running back Adrian Peterson who agrees that the Vikings are the team to beat.
“That was my thinking in the offseason,” said Peterson. “We have the best team in all phases, all the way around.”