Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! We are less than an hour away from the kickoff of Monday Night Football as the Minnesota Vikings play host to the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium. We’re glad you’re joining us, and here’s everything you need to get up to speed on tonight’s game.
Date and Time: Monday, 23 October 2023, 7:15 PM Central time
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Television Coverage: ESPN (regular broadcast), ESPN2 (Manningcast)
Radio Coverage: Vikings Radio Network, SiriusXM Channel 225 (Vikings feed), SiriusXM App Channel 820
Line: Vikings +7, Over/Under 44
Chris’ Prediction: 49ers 27, Vikings 17
1) Stop turning the damn ball over - Yes, the Vikings still lead the league in turnovers and they keep putting themselves in holes early with first-half miscues. The 49ers, even if they are short-handed, aren’t the sort of team that you can do that against and expect to be successful, so the Vikings would be well-served to stop coughing up the football at every opportunity if they want to win this one.
2) Put the heat on Brock Purdy - Purdy has been a revelation at quarterback for the 49ers, but had his struggles last week against a Cleveland team that got pressure on him consistently. The Vikings’ defense isn’t on the level of Cleveland’s, but Brian Flores does know how to bring the pressure and you can be assured that he’ll do that to Purdy all night. Hopefully the Vikings’ defense can get home.
3) Get aggressive - When you’re the underdog in a matchup like the Vikings are here, there’s no time for timidity. Minnesota’s offense has to be aggressive and attempt to push the ball against a very tough Niners defense. Trying to steal a couple of possessions with some special teams fakes might be in order as well. Whatever the Vikings need to do to be aggressive, they need to do it tonight.
Know the Foe: Niners Nation
That should be everything you need to be up-to-date on this afternoon’s happenings, folks. We’ll have a brand new Open Thread for you to participate in at the start of each quarter, so keep your eyes open and the discussion moving along accordingly.
Also, since we usually put our picks for the Monday Night game in with the discussion thread, here’s who we’ve all got tonight. If you want to see if the numbers have moved since everyone put their picks in, you can check out the latest at the DraftKings Sportsbook.
Here’s hoping we can all get back together here in about three hours and talk about the huge upset the Vikings just pulled off to save their 2023 season.