Start time from San Francisco is scheduled for 9PM Eastern Time with national tape delayed television coverage provided by the NFL Network on Saturday morning at 2AM Eastern Time.
VIKINGS VS 49ERS
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The betting odds opened with the home club San Francisco 49ers lined as a -4 point favorite with an over under of 33 points.
The early money has landed on Minnesota as the 49ers were bet down to a current line of -3 points. The over under has moved up to 34 ½ points. A money line bet on the San Francisco 49ers will return -145 odds while the Minnesota Vikings take back is +135 odds to pull off the upset win with the points no factor in the outcome of the bet.
Getting the start for the Vikings under center will be second year pro Christian Ponder. Seeing work as the backup is 2010 sixth round pick Joe Webb. Veteran Sage Rosenfels will vie for a backup spot on the team. Sacramento St rookie McLeod Bethel Thompson will compete for a roster spot.
Running back Adrian Peterson will not be active on Friday night as he recovers from an ACL surgery suffered last season. Toby Gerhart, Jordan Todman and Lex Hilliard will see some carries in the Vikings backfield on Friday.
Alex Smith returns as the starter in 2012 and should see about one two series. Second year pro and 49ers backup Colin Kaepernick should see some extended work. Four year pro Josh Johnson is the number three on the depth chart. Scott Tolzien formally of Wisconsin will compete for a roster position.
At running back for the 49ers will be veteran Frank Gore. Former New York Giants Brandon Jacobs was acquired by San Francisco in the offseason. Kendal Hunter and Oregon rookie second round pick LaMichael James will vie for carries.
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