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2 Matchups To Watch On Sunday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 26, 2009 – 10:06 am

Vikings Rush D vs. RB Frank Gore

Gore is coming off a monster game last week against Seattle. He carried the ball 16 times for 207 yards and 2 TDs, including runs of 80 and 79 yards. Gore may be just 5-9, but he weighs in at 217 pounds, giving him the strength to run between the tackles. And as the 79- and 80-yard TD runs indicate, Gore can also break a big one score from anywhere on the field. When Gore rushes for 100 yards, the 49ers have a 12-4 record.

The Vikings, meanwhile, haven’t allowed a 100-yard rusher in 25 games, and they’re chomping at the bit to play at home after starting the season with 2 straight road games. Leslie Frazier’s unit has faced questions after the past 2 games about their run defense. Although there hasn’t been a 100-yard rusher, Frazier said on Thursday that they must clean up a few mistakes and maintain their gap integrity if they are to stop Gore.

Vikings Offense vs. Patrick Willis

Willis is turning into one of the best LBs in the entire league. He’s in just his 3rd year, but he’s been a Pro Bowler after his first 2 seasons and he is off to a solid start in 2009. Against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1, Willis had 14 tackles and led the 49ers to an upset win over the defending NFC champs. The challenge for the Vikings defense, beyond actually blocking Willis or completely avoiding him, will be to find him and figure out where he’s going. The 49ers play the 3-4 defense and will try to disguise their plans during pre-snap reads.

Offensively for the Vikings, they are going to want to stick to their bread and butter – the rushing attack. But Willis can be a major disrupting force. Vikings blockers must be able to release from the 1st level and get to the 2nd level to put a hat on Willis before he’s able to stop the ground game.


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3 Responses to “2 Matchups To Watch On Sunday”

  1. By John Regnier on Sep 26, 2009 | Reply

    I Hope that Fraizer will get E. J. in better position to stop the run. Against the Lions he was out of position several times. That allowed them to have running sucess.

  2. By PAVikesFan on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    This is going to be a knock-down, drag it out, bring ur lunch pale to the game kind of game. Mike Singletary has his team behind him 100%, they believe in him, and when u have the entire team believing then u can beat anyone, believe me or don’t. The Niners are underrated, especially on D. They don’t necessarily have the playmakers on offense besides Frank Gore but they do have Josh Morgan, who is a speed burner at WR. If they establish a running game, then they will go up top to him. Patrick Willis is an absolute beast. If anything, go right at him, wear him out. Someone on our team has got to step up at the WR position. I’m guessing Nate Clements will be on Berrian. Percy Harvin or Sidney Rice will have to play BIG today, b/c Shiancoe will be covered by their LB’s, who r very agile and fast. I like our guys in this one, som ething like 19-16.

  3. By PAVikesFan on Sep 27, 2009 | Reply

    One more point I wanted to make. I think this is actually a huge game for a few reasons. I’m looking at it worst case scenario here. I’m just playing dev-il’s advocate. If we lose this game, then we’re 2-1 and 0-1 at home, then all of a sudden the game next week vs. GB becomes even bigger, and if they lose that one, then we’re 2-2 and 0-2 at home, and if GB and CHI win this week, which they both should and next week then all of a sudden in a blink of an eye we go from 2-0 in First place to 2-2 and behind both GB and CHI and an 0-2 start at home. Again, this is worst case scenario, but, you have to look at it that way b/c it’s a definite possibility. So, to me, this a HUGE game. We are going to see what kind of team we have today, b/c we played DET and CLE and that’s not a gauge of what team we have. Also, a little concerning that we r 27th in the league in total offense, averaging only 287 yards per game, vs. 2 of the worst defenses in the NFL. Brett is going to have to make some plays today. Go VIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!

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