5 Bold Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers – Week 7

The Minnesota Vikings will host the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football with big decisions at the trade deadline looming.
Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison
Minnesota Vikings running back Alexander Mattison / Lachlan Cunningham/GettyImages
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1. Alexander Mattison will lead the Vikings in touches again

The Vikings' decision to revamp the running game this offseason has had multiple layers.

On one hand, Dalvin Cook is struggling with the New York Jets and is a candidate to be traded at the deadline. On the other hand, Alexander Mattison has struggled in the lead role in the Vikings’ backfield, grading 47th among 53 qualifiers this season by PFF.

Mattison’s struggles have been well-documented, as he’s rushed for just 320 yards and doesn’t have a rushing touchdown over the first six games.

Mattison also ranks 36th among qualifiers, averaging 2.51 yards after contact this season, and he has struggled in the passing game with an NFL-high five drops and three pressures in pass protection.

With this resumé in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Vikings siphoned some of Mattison’s touches to Cam Akers. Instead, Mattison registered a staggering 25 touches during Minnesota's win over the Bears last week, accounting for just 72 total yards.

Needless to say, the Vikings are hell-bent on making Mattison a thing. Even if the 49ers bottle up the running game, you can bet on Mattison getting the ball.