(1-0, 1-0 ATS)
San Francisco 49ers
(1-0, 1-0 ATS)
He’s baaaaaaaaaaaack! QB Brett Favre is back in purple and gold, and he’ll lead his Minnesota Vikings on the field on Sunday night when they take on the San Francisco 49ers in NFL preseason betting action.
Favre is expected to take approximately ten snaps or two drives on Sunday night, which is going to take some of the pressure off of the team’s other quarterbacks. However, there is still a real question whether or not No. 4 and HC Brad Childress are cooperating enough to successfully run this offense. Just a few days ago, there was a big question whether or not QB Sage Rosenfels or QB Tarvaris Jackson would be the starter this year for this team. Now, the question might be whether one or the other gets released. It doesn’t seem as though rookie QB Joe Webb is going to be the odd man out, so either Childress will end up keeping four quarterbacks on his roster, or either Jackson or Rosenfels is being released. Though Jackson clearly has the better upside, Rosenfels put on a real show last week, going 23-of-34 for 310 yards with three TDs and no picks in a 28-7 win over the St. Louis Rams. Torching the St. Louis defense (and mostly the reserve defense at that) isn’t anything to really write home about, but for a first game of the season, Rosenfels was incredibly impressive.
After a rocky start in which they fell into a 10-0 hole against the Indianapolis Colts, the 49ers stormed back and absolutely dominated. Starting QB Alex Smith struggled mightily, going just 3-for-9 for 37 yards with an INT. Could there be some quarterback controversy brewing? We tend to believe not, but if QB David Carr puts forth another impressive performance this week, he could be in the discussion again. The former top pick in the NFL Draft went 9-of-11 for 98 yards with a touchdown pass. Third stringer QB Nate Davis did well too, going 5-of-6 for 84 yards. The real hero of the game was RB Anthony Dixon, the team’s sixth round draft pick out of Mississippi State. Dixon ran the ball a whopping 21 times for 103 yards in his professional debut. This rookie is making a big push at the backup running back job after Glen Coffee suddenly walked out of training camp and retired from the team. Once QB Peyton Manning left the game for the Colts, the defense really took over. Manning accounted for 91 passing yards. The rest of Indianapolis only managed 144 yards.
The Vikings are going to be a very interesting team to watch for the rest of the preseason. Does Favre have his legs about him yet? We tend to believe so. However, for a home opener, we fully expect San Fran to come out firing on all cylinders, posting a comfortable NFL betting victory.
Selection: San Francisco 49ers -3