Play action will rule the day
Kirk Cousins is a master of play action. Having an explosive threat like Dalvin Cook in the backfield makes the threat of a hand-off a real scare for the defense, allowing Kirk Cousins the chance to catch a defender off guard.
Considering the struggles the 49ers have faced against the run, they should be scared of Cook. San Francisco has allowed 13 rushing touchdowns on the season, which is the third-most in the league. Plus, they have allowed eight runs of 20 yards or more, which is the fifth-most.
Using play-action early and often will keep the aggressive 49ers defense off guard and open things up for Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen, and the other receiving options for the Vikings, especially if Cook can pick up a few first downs on the ground early in the contest.
So far, the 49ers’ wins have come against the Lions, Eagles, Bears, Rams, and Jaguars. Only Los Angeles has a winning record of those teams and Philly, Chicago, Detroit, and Jacksonville have combined for 11 wins at this point in the season.
Also, none of those teams have a particularly scary quarterback/running back combo to keep the 49ers honest. Thankfully, Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook should be ready for action this week.
Now that you know why the Minnesota Vikings are going to win on Sunday, be sure to watch the game to see the purple and gold get their record back over .500. Let’s hear your reasons Minnesota will win in the comments!