The Minnesota Vikings offense had a lot of success against the New Orleans Saints and will try to continue their hot run on Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers. Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, and Adam Thielen are playing well, but will they be able to keep up the hot play?
Let’s break down three bold predictions for the Vikings’ offense and the 49ers’ defense.
3. Diggs catches at least four balls and doesn’t have a sideline explosion
After what Adam Thielen did against the Saints, he is going to be drawing the double teams. Against the Saints, Stefon Diggs was the one drawing double teams and that made him frustrated. He was seen on the sideline throwing his helmet and screaming at teammates. After the game, he said he was just frustrated with the coverages on him, and he won’t have to worry about that in this game.
With Thielen drawing the double teams, Diggs is going to be open a lot. Look for Cousins to hit him at least four times with one of those being for at least 40 yards.
2. Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison both score a touchdown for the Vikings
Cook’s two weeks of rest heading into the Saints game really helped and he should have another big game. Against the Saints, he rushed 28 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns.
In this game, Cook is going to find the end zone again, along with Alexander Mattison.
Mattison is going to have a bigger role in this game, and it should be expected he gets a goal line carry or two. Thirty-five yards rushing and a touchdown sounds about right for this game.
1. Vikings connect on the Philly special for a touchdown
Kirk Cousins and Stefon Diggs almost hooked up on the Philly Special earlier in the season, but Diggs just overthrew it. On the goal line, the Vikings had some issues running the ball against the Saints. In this game, they are going to pull out all the tricks to get into the end zone. Look for Diggs to take the end around and for Cousins to sneak out into the end zone wide open.
This time, Diggs isn’t going to overshoot him and it will result in a touchdown. This play, along with the big day from the rest of the offense, will be enough for the Vikings to pull off an upset for the second week in a row.