First of all congrats to the Vikings for somehow beating the Saints last weekend. I hope they enjoyed the win and celebrated because there will be no more of that this weekend. The Vikings now have to play the 49ers. I am a 49ers fan and have been very biased all season when talking about them but overall when you look at this game the Vikings have no shot. The 49ers finished with a 13-3 record and the #1 seed in the NFC. For the second half of the season, they have been missing two of their best defensive players Kwon Alexander and Dee Ford due to injuries. They already had one of the best defenses in the NFL and now they get two huge impact players back. The Vikings looked impressive at times against the Saints. They relied heavily on the run game with Dalvin Cook being back. This is where the Vikings are at their best. When they can freely run the ball on you they are tough to beat. The run game has been a problem for the 49ers at times this year but it is usually early on and by the end of the game the 49ers have shut down the oppositions run game. This is where the 49ers have to make sure they dominate. If the 49ers shut down the Vikings rushing attack the game will be over quick. No matter how good Kirk Cousins plays the 49ers d-line will eventually break him down if he is forced to constantly throw the ball. I know what the 49ers are capable of and they should have no problems with the Vikings. The only shot the Vikings have is getting an early lead but even that has failed to work for teams against the 49ers this season. The 49ers need to prove that they are legit Super Bowl contenders in this fairly open NFC and by blowing out the Vikings they will roll into the NFC Championship with lots of confidence. The 49ers will win this game 34-17.
I threw this in here to show the insane changes that have happened in the last 5 seasons with the 49ers.