Two teams heading in opposite directions will meet at Levi's Stadium in the second game of the NFL's season-opening doubleheader on Monday Night Football as the San Francisco 49ers host the Minnesota Vikings looking to break a six-game losing streak against the spread.
The 49ers were a total disaster last year, going 8-8 straight-up and 5-11 versus the number. They started playing poorly following rumors that head coach Jim Harbaugh was leaving to lead his alma mater, the Michigan Wolverines.
That obviously became a reality, and now new head coach Jim Tomsula inherits a squad void of two of its top two tacklers, both of whom retired due to injuries in Patrick Willis and Chris Borland.
San Francisco is also without running back Frank Gore, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts in the offseason. Meanwhile, Minnesota gets back one of the franchise's best players of all time, running back Adrian Peterson, who missed most of last season due to a personal-conduct suspension.
The Vikings were much-improved in 2014 under first-year head coach Mike Zimmer and hope to take the next step by posting a winning record after going 7-9 straight-up but an impressive 10-6 against the spread, including 5-1 in the last six.
The Minnesota Vikings will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 10-6 ATS against the spread this season, while the San Francisco 49ers are 5-11 ATS. Minnesota is 6-10 on the over under betting totals; San Francisco is 5-11.