The Minnesota Vikings are considerable underdogs entering this weekend's matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. The Vikings enter the game at 1-1, coming off a last-second Week 2 loss to Indianapolis. San Francisco, on the other had, has won both of its first two games, including a victory at Green Bay in Week 1.
Every national expert is picking San Francisco to win at the Metrodome Sunday, including all ten ESPN analysts who picked this week's games, Yahoo's three NFL experts, and the eight analysts at CBS Sports. Even the fans are selecting the 49ers, with fan polls at both ESPN and Yahoo taking San Francisco.
Pioneer Press Vikings beat writers Jeremy Fowler and Brian Murphy are not much more optimistic, looking for Minnesota to build for later games rather than defeat "arguably the best team in the league." Both Fowler and Murphy cite Minnesota's inability to establish a downfield threat as a problem, especially given San Francisco's solid tackling.
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