Emptying Out The Vikings vs. 49ers Notebook

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 25, 2012 – 5:08 pm

First thing tomorrow morning we’ll begin previewing the Vikings upcoming matchup with NFC North rival Detroit. The Vikings and Lions will play at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, with kickoff slated for noon CT. Before we do that, though, let’s empty out the notebook from last week’s win over the San Francisco 49ers…

Frazier credits Sanford, calls him the kind of guy “you want on your club”
Jamarca Sanford started 15 games for the Vikings defense a year ago. Through three games this season, Sanford has started none. Rookie Harrison Smith and second-year player Mistral Raymond emerged from training camp with starting jobs, leaving Sanford disappointed heading into the season.

But Frazier explained on Wednesday that Sanford didn’t let that disappointment adversely impact his attitude or preparation. And that attitude paid off for Sanford and the Vikings defense against the 49ers when Raymond went down with an injury in the 2nd quarter.

“Jamarca really had his heart set on being a starter this season,” Frazier explained. “He worked his tail off throughout the offseason. He was really looking forward to it and there’s no doubt there was disappointment when he wasn’t named one of the starters at safety.

“What he did on special teams, what he has done, in absence of being a starter, just a great example for the rest of our team. Those are the kind of guys you want on your club. Everybody wants to start but we talk to them all the time that everybody can’t start. You have to be willing to accept your role in order for our team to have a chance to be successful, and he’s an example of that.”

Sanford finished the game with 6 tackles on defense and, in what should come as no surprise, 1 tackle on special teams, too.

Vikings correct discipline, penalty issues from a week ago
In last week’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts (it hurts to even type that), the Vikings were uncharacteristically undisciplined. When all was said and done, the Vikings had 11 penalties enforced against them for a total of 105 yards, with several of them coming at inopportune times to extend Colts drives and/or negate positive plays by the Vikings offense. In his post-game press conference that day, Frazier was the first to acknowledge those mistakes, and was determined to correct them the following week.

It was mission accomplished on that front in the victory over San Francisco, as the Vikings were penalized just once for 10 yards. The next step in the discipline category is to keep the penalties down again this week against Detroit while also securing the ball much better. The Vikings had 4 fumbles (2 lost) against the 49ers and were fortunate that they didn’t come back to haunt them. Fumbling that many times on the road and giving the potent Lions offense extra chances will put a lot of pressure on the Vikings defense.

A good day’s work for rookie CB Josh Robinson
Josh Robinson did something we haven’t seen much of from the Vikings defense in the past year – he intercepted a pass. And Robinson’s INT against the 49ers came at an opportune time. Trailing 24-13 with 2:38 to play in the game, the 49ers advanced the ball across midfield to the Vikings 48. On 2nd and 10, 49ers QB Alex Smith dropped back to pass and lofted a pass toward Michael Crabtree. But Robinson was there to pick it off and return it 24 yards to the 49ers 44.

Also, San Francisco returner Kyle Williams broke loose a couple of times against the Vikings – once to open the 3rd quarter on a 94-yard kickoff return to the Vikings 14 and then again in the 4th quarter on a 50-yard kickoff return to the 49ers 43. Robinson, who possesses great speed, teamed with Sanford to chase Williams down on the 94-yard return and then it was Robinson who caught Williams in the 4th quarter before he could do even more damage.

A player is expected to pursue until the whistle, so we won’t give him credit for doing what he should be doing, but we will give him credit for having the speed to run down a very good returner and help save a TD at least once.

Red zone rushing
The Vikings put forth a clean performance offensively, so to point out any “concerns” here is nit-picking a bit. One area where the execution could’ve been a touch cleaner was red zone rushing. Keep in mind, though, that the Vikings were 2 for 2 in red zone scoring, so this concern is really not that significant.

According to my count, the Vikings ran 11 red zone plays – 6 rushes and 5 passes. Christian Ponder was 3 of 5 for 13 yards with 2 TDs through the air. On the ground, though, the Vikings weren’t as efficient. The Vikings 6 rushes were for 5, 1, 0, 9, -1 and 2 yards. Adrian Peterson ran 5 times for 7 yards and Percy Harvin had 1 carry for 9 yards. Given how the Vikings were able to stick with the running game all afternoon against a stout 49ers defense, I’m not concerned in the least with the rushing totals inside the red zone. In fact, the Vikings were balanced in the red zone and scored a pair of TDs when knocking on the door, so the positives far out-weight the negatives on this one.

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46 Responses to “Emptying Out The Vikings vs. 49ers Notebook”

  1. By PurpleNation on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply


  2. By PurpleNation on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings fan for life! YES that’s “MINNESOTA” Vikings for all the naysayers still mad the Vikings are getting a new home and will continue to stay in MN!


  3. By PurpleNation on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Can’t wait for the Detroit game.

  4. By RichardA1 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Going to be playing the Scaredy Cats! I predict 12 Sacks!

  5. By mjbvikeme on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I hope we dont get too overconfident. I think this past mondays botched call will take some of the glory away from our win (which is a good thing.) Lets keep getting better, and better. I want this team to make it to the next level. Great win on both sides of the football. Greenway really stepped up, secondary just got a shot of confidence. This is a stepping stone in the right direction, now lets win one on the road with focus during the week.

  6. By mjbvikeme on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    excited to see Simpson get on the field. Looking forward to jarius wright get a chance. Is anyone going to ask Frazier the issue behind him not being active?

  7. By chris_b on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    how do you guys think is going to get cut. I say jenkins or burton.

  8. By Spencer on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Jenkins- Burton still has promise.

  9. By GrandDaddyPurp on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Like I have said before, The Minnesota Vikings have the talent to win the superbowl, its all a matter of the players going out and executing. The players did just that against the 49ers. But dont look too much into. The real tests for us are the division games.

  10. By sandiamond on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    The North lead is not real.. Vikings going on (2) yrs w/out an nfc north div victory

    funny how folks jump the gun

  11. By campfrazier on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Great win for the Vikings, I’m glad to see them put it all together against such a good team. My Favorite part ” Randy Who??” Great job by Cookie Shutting him down. To all the Cookie naysayers, Bring on Calvin Johnson, I can’t wait to see the rematch. Go Vikings!!!

  12. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    With getting Simpson back…

    The Vikings need to shake things up at the WR position…

    I release Jenkins and Burton…Simpson taking Jenkins spot…And the Vikings going out and raiding some teams practice squad for a WR…

    D Moss,BJ Cunningham, and M Maze are just a few WR’s out there for the picking, floating around on teams practice squads…Summers is already on the practice squad…Most likely no team will claim him and put Summers on there 53 man roster…Or would have done so already…

    But if the Vikings claim a WR now…Have that WR take Burtons place on the 53 man roster…That WR the Vikings claimed, would only need to be a member of the 53 man roster for 3 weeks…If that WR didn’t do well…He could then be demoted to the practice to the Vikings practice squad…Without losing that player…And then WR Summers could be given a chance on the 53 man roster…

    Burton had one shot at a pa ss last Sunday…It was on a inside slant pattern…

    Burton ducked his head…So Ponder didn’t hit his ear flap with that pa ss…Never even looking to raise his hands to make a catch (???)…If you have time to duck out of the way of a pa ss…Why can’t you raise your hands up to catch it ???…”Unless”…it is because you are afraid of getting hit ????…

    Is J Wright a healthy scratch last week ???…If so…Why ???

  13. By sandiamond on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    WR Tori Gurley signs with the Oakland Raiders. team uses full depth of wr’s gl to him!

  14. By Spencer on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Cook vs Megatron

    Part Deaux!

  15. By Spencer on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    We need a nickname for Chris Cook, any ideas?

  16. By sandiamond on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    whatever the coaches do dont put cook and sanford on same side of the field!

  17. By Spencer on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I agree sandiamond, because if Cook were to get beat we would need a safety that could make a play on the ball!!

  18. By sandiamond on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    H Smith is all over the field. I cant tell what position he plays, hopefully one day he can make INT’s when the full D squad has playmakers

  19. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Revis, has his own island…

    How about nobody messes around in Cook’s kitchen !!…

    Cook’s work area !!…His friends call him..

    “The Chef”… : )

  20. By Spencer on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    The chef? eh, thats alright.

    @sandiamond- why do you like Jamarca Sanford?

  21. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    There ain’t nobody coming into Cook’s kitchen…I mean nobody !!!…

    Or the Chef, will be there waiting for him !!!…


    Now lets get him earning that reputation… : )

  22. By sandiamond on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    RB Ryan Grant signs with the Redskins… tuesday’s hot day on the wires

  23. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    J Locker threw for 378 yds last week against the Lions…

    If the Vikings pass to set up the run…

    Both Ponder and AP could have big days…

    A more conservative game plan..Will have similar conservative results…Like the first 2 games of the year…

    How will the Vikings coaching staff game plan this week…

    Play to win…Or play not to lose ???…

  24. By sandiamond on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings
    Jerome Simpson (WR) suspension lifted.

  25. By sandiamond on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Arizona Cardinals
    Kerry Taylor (WR) practice squad addition.

  26. By sandiamond on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    spencer is Cook up for the mega challenge again this year? lets get it on!

  27. By tomcat on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    what about chris ‘ the hook’ cook? stay out of the cookie jar! no mercy percy? brinks job brinkley? mad chad greenway?

  28. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings 44, Lions 17

  29. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Mark my words– this game will be tougher than the one against the Niners. But I say this– if we win by more than 10 points on Sunday, the Vikings will win the division– guaranteed.

  30. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I wonder if Moss intentionally missed some of those catches?

  31. By Viking33 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Nice win against the Niners – I love seeing Harbaugh’s rage.

    No Stafford this week it seems like so far – but Hill is playing well in his absense. It also seems he is more unpredictable. Also LeShore looks like the real deal, we are going to have to give him the Frank Gore treatment.

    Keep Jenkins – he is a solid possession guy – Burton is raw and although I like him he does not seem to be coming around.

  32. By Frederick Jones on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    It seemed as if every home team won in the NFL this week.

    The Vikings have got to take the crowd out of the game in Detroit this week, and not get upset when they come back into the game, because they will!

    I think the Vikings will finish 8-8 like I have been saying since last season. Naturally Jonesie hopes that he is wrong!

    Kalil is having an awesome season. Josh Robinson and Harrison Smith are great additions to the D Backfield.

    We still had 3 running back sacks, and really all three were the fault of the O Line. There is still enough time to run the hills, or block the sleds this week.

  33. By Frederick Jones on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply


    Wasn’t that Randy’s best game of the season?

  34. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Jones– Vikings will be 8-0 at the dome, so I predict 11 wins.

  35. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Buffalo Bills will be in the AFC Championship with the Ravens.

  36. By vikingsfan1991on on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    eh, i believe that ten wins is more accurate: 6 at home and 4 away. Look at some of the teams we have to play: the packers twice, (god i hate playing up the packers) and the unbeaten texans and cardinals, who have just as good a defense as the niners. we may split with the packers which would be fantastic, but i think eleven is too many. if the vikings win by 13 or more against the lions, i will believe. That said, if this niner-beating vikings squad shows up every week, ten wins is a legitimate goal.

  37. By vikingsfan1991on on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    and a wildcard berth. forgot to mention that.

  38. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds like we basically agree, 91.

  39. By Rick on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see one of the 4 tight ends we have go with simpson coming back mostly because Jenkins will be better when he isn’t matched up as a NO 1 WR and burton shows potential. Aromashadu has been consistent when on the field and wright was a 4rth round draft pick. No team really needs 4 tight ends so i have a bad feeling for Allan Risner getting the boot but time will tell either way somebody has to go and honestly I think it should be Carlson the guy has been a huge let down so far at least our rookie tight end can catch the ball

  40. By Sir Greasy Panda on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I was concerned with Ponder saying that the first two games he didnt come out with a sense of urgency? Its an NFL game what else do you need to get you pumped up?!!! but Sunday he seemed to turn that around and get everything going early. That is the key to us having a successful season, jump ahead early. Most teams arent built to play from behind.
    When we jumped ahead early against SF they panicked and abandoned the running game, which was their pillar, if we can do that we can force teams to forget their game plans.

  41. By Boblocruse on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    cooks nickname is “pressure”

  42. By Feugo on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    we just have to be tight in all areas OFF,DEF,AND SPECIAL TEAMS, having Jerome to stretch field will give AP more running room,plus DET run defense is not SF defence, we should get a really big game from AP,one more win against a good team, will prove to the players that they can be very good,and it will bring back some swagger ,all the so called good teams in our division have flaws, some are pretty evident,they are not the texans or atlanta,of course we have a young team and during the course of the season we will make some mistakes, but i believe we can match up well against all teams in our division

  43. By celticvikingwarrior on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    @ OTK…Not to kiss arse but I find myself agreeing with 99% of what you post, 100% of the time…
    I was amazed to see Burton DUCK like a coward on that slant and he would NEVER see the field again if I was coaching…I have seen him “alligator arm” it and seen him actually STOP his route and let the pass fly by,, but this was the last straw….
    Nice to see someone else advocate using the pass to set up the run (I know someone else did as well)
    Excellent idea on refilling the WR position!!!!!!

  44. By sandiamond on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Roster cut for Simpson due today or thursday by 3 p.m. Hate to see any of the young talent go but has to be done

    LB McKenzie / Cole
    CB B. Burton
    TE Reisner
    WR Aromashodu / S. Burton

    other players: Sherels, Sendejo, Jenkins

  45. By No Name on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Name for Cook? How about Give up a touchdown. Again!

  46. By Rick on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    How bout a name for no name TOOL!

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