Here are some things to know before the Vikings host the San Francisco 49ers on Monday:
- 49ers at Vikings
- When: 7:15 p.m. Monday
- Where: U.S. Bank Stadium
- TV: ABC or ESPN
- Radio: KFAN
- Line: 49ers – 6.5
- Over/Under: 44
Keys for the Vikings
— There should be an emphasis on trying to establish the run despite the fact the Vikings might be overmatched up front. If they don’t do that, the 49ers will be able to dial up their pass rush with regularity, which, in turn, could make life miserable for quarterback Kirk Cousins.
— The best way for the Vikings to stymie a dynamic offense on the other end starts with pressuring young 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy. He showed last week that he’s capable of having a bad game as he lost for the first time as a starter. Maybe he’s turning back into a pumpkin. There’s no doubt that Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores will be bringing the blitz.
Keys for the 49ers
— If the 49ers find a way to impose their will up front, they will be in prime position to win this one. They have the advantage in the trenches on both sides of the ball. That should be enough assuming they’re able to get to their game from the opening kickoff.
— The fact that running back Christian McCaffrey is likely to be available is good news for the 49ers. He’s arguably the most dangerous player in the NFL with the ball in his hands. The 49ers should try to get him as many touches as possible, especially with top receiver Deebo Samuel out with a shoulder injury.