From Final Tune-Up To Great Matchup

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 23, 2009 – 6:49 am

When the NFL released its 2009 schedule back in April, the Week 3 Vikings-49ers matchup was looked upon by many as a final tune-up for the Vikings before their big Week 4 showdown with the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.

Thoughts of a pair of 3-0 NFC North division rivals meeting on MNF crept into the collective football fan’s mind.

Now, however, in what illustrates the unpredictable nature of the NFL, this Week 3 matchup has gone from a final tune-up to perhaps the game of the week. And next week’s game between the Vikings and Packers – something the Vikings can’t afford to look forward to with the 49ers coming to town – won’t feature a pair of undefeated teams because Green Bay has already lost.

Vikings vs. 49ers presents a pair of teams with identical records and similar numbers in several significant statistical categories. It is also the NFL’s only Week 3 game between 2 undefeated teams.

The Vikings have more 1st down this season, but San Francisco is average more total offense. The 49ers have been better against the run, but the Vikings are better against the pass. The Vikings have Adrian Peterson, but San Francisco can counter with Frank Gore.

While the casual NFL fan may have overlooked this San Francisco 49ers team a few months ago, you can be sure that the Vikings aren’t overlooking them now. San Francisco took down the defending NFC champs Arizona on the road in Week 1 and then took care of Seattle last week at home.

San Francisco’s main threat through 2 games has been Gore. He is the NFL’s 3rd leading rusher, behind Peterson and Tennessee’s Chris Johnson. While the Vikings have continued their impressive string of not allowing a 100-yard rusher, the Lions found a way last week to net 129 yards rushing as a team against the Vikings. With Gore and the 49ers coming to town this weekend, the Vikings realize they need to make corrections on defense and be prepared for a physical team.

“Against a good runner, against a team that emphasizes what they emphasize and their level of physical toughness, you better be about your business that way,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said. “Because I tell you they are not going to come in here like some people do and say ‘geez we’re not going to be able to run the football.’ They are going to try and exert their will physically on you running the football. They are going to do that.”

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14 Responses to “From Final Tune-Up To Great Matchup”

  1. By chaz on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    adrian peterson, enough said.

  2. By jared on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    its definitely gonna have to be a team effort, not just adrian peterson. (I wanna call u stupid names but I wont).

  3. By CA Norwegian on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    Vikes are either going to win respect finally, or have more things to work on. You get the feeling that they are just getting started, and like a train they will take a long time to get to speed. I think coach is great, even the onside that didn’t work shows they are willing to take chances to make the game more exciting for the fans. Here’s to you vikes! Farves’ sacks and lack of Ints and grounding calls shows that he is a smart veteran, and younger QB’s might have cost games. Vikes should try HURRYUP when opponent defense is already tired with sweeps, reverses and optional throw aways to negate well covered plays. Meanwhile, after these guys chase our fastest guys back and forth, you put Favre in a position with pocket time and a winded defense. If we’re in 4 down territory would be ideal time to try this strategy. Who knows a reverse with our speed could go big anyway.

  4. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    Maybe CA Norwegian, but we have not yet been in 4-down territory, and I’d all the happier if we don’t face 4-down territory this week either.

  5. By rap99 on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    if the O line can protect favre,and the D line pressures their QB we should be ok. jared is due for a big game.

  6. By Mark on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    If the Vikings put enough pressure on the passer, and Brette has a great day, look out 49ers.

  7. By purplehorn on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    Mike Singletary will have his 49ers ready for this game.I expect a hard fought game with the key being shutting down Gore. Bring lots of pressure up the center gaps and this should create problems- and turnovers.
    Sounds like the same plan will be deployed against the Vikings…….it is Mike “Blitzer” Singletary we are talking about here.

  8. By jared on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was limited in practice Wednesday with a back injury.

  9. By vikingfan1955 on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    Didn’t hear ap had injury and if its true and he’s not ready just rest him taylorcan handle the niners.The pack really needs to win this week or that will lessen the win when we play them.This game will be for true bragging rights and I don’t see anyway for them to beat us.I look for a blowout there also.The vikes offense is starting to hit stride and that game againt san fran will show just how good we are getting.This game will shut the packers fans up till we meet again.I’m so tired of their trash talk and I want to see rodgers run out of the back of the end zone again lol.

  10. By PAVikesFan on Sep 23, 2009 | Reply

    Mike Singletary has his team playing under his mentality when he played. They r underrated defensively and r hard-nosed. This will be a tough game. The Vikes better be ready for a bring ur lunch pale to the game brawl. The Vikes also have got to get it going offensively. Their first half performances against 2 of the worst teams in the NFL are one thing, we can’t do this against the better teams or else we will lose, plain and simple. Sooner or later we’ve got to take some shots down the field.

  11. By the horned norseman on Sep 24, 2009 | Reply

    gonna be one of the toughest games this season; glad the vikes are at home for this one….a win could come down to that ,plain & simple. LETS GO VIKES!!!

  12. By blacknblue on Sep 24, 2009 | Reply

    Anyone know how bad the back thing is on AP? I can guess what play he hut it on. I’m thinking the 14yard run ending in a chash of helmets. That was scarry n cool at the same time.

  13. By purple08 on Sep 26, 2009 | Reply

    when did rodgers run through the back of the endzone? i remember detroits young backup doing that against the Vikes last year(what was his name again?) (orlovsky? is that right?) but i didn’t see rodgers do it.

  14. By fd on Jun 5, 2012 | Reply

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