Offensive Line Paved Path To Victory For Vikings Over 49ers

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 25, 2012 – 2:06 pm

Did the Vikings offensive line have their best performance of the season in Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers? It sure looked like it, and Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier thought so, too.

“I think, collectively, yeah. And when you consider the front they were going up against, that’s a very good front,” Frazier said.

Frazier credited LG Charlie Johnson for a solid performance against 49ers All-Pro Justin Smith, and he also noted that Matt Kalil fared well against standout pass rusher Aldon Smith. Brandon Fusco and Phil Loadholt anchored down on the right  side of the offense, and the lynchpin of it all is C John Sullivan. Credit should also be given to the Vikings coaching staff, who used a creative blocking scheme at times to create opportunities for the offense. Loadholt shifted to the left side of the formation on at least one snap to give San Francisco a different look, and the club also found a way to get rookie Rhett Ellison in on the action.

“It was a good performance across the board,” Frazier said. “As a group, to rush for 146 yards on that defensive line or that defense, it’s pretty impressive.”

Having any success against the 49ers on the ground is impressive. Gaining 146 yards? Over the past two seasons, that’s nearly unheard of. San Francisco hadn’t allowed that many rushing yards since November of 2010, and the 344 total yards the Vikings amassed on Sunday is 5th best against the 49ers over their last 19 games. Also, the Vikings collected 25 1st downs – #1 against San Francisco over the last19 games – and they logged 33:28 in time of possession – #2 against the 49ers over that same span.

A few other notes on the offensive line’s performance against the very good 49ers defense:
– The 49ers have only been held without a sack one other time since the start of 2011 (19 games) – against Baltimore in 2011.
– The 49ers did not have an INT, and they’ve been held without an INT just four times in that same span.
– The 49ers have only been held without a SACK and INT one other time in that span – the Baltimore game in 2011.

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23 Responses to “Offensive Line Paved Path To Victory For Vikings Over 49ers”

  1. By RichardA1 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Thats because to make it to the superbowl they have got to be that good! They played like probowlers, happy fan here.

  2. By Spoiler Alert on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    It’s funny how a week ago we were all very down on this squad (including me), and now I am hearing words like “dangerous team”, and “playoff contenders”. I’m excited by Sunday’s game, but lets remember that this team, and this season, are both very young. There will likely still be some growing pains. At least we know that this re-building thing is working, and we know what this team can look like when they bring their A-Game.

  3. By RichardA1 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    The “No Mercy Defense” is going to go Berzerk on the Detroit Offense!!!

  4. By Spoiler Alert on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Wait untill the game has been played before talking smack. I would think most Vikings fans would know that by now. Ricky must be a yungin’

  5. By Spencer on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Now that we have Simpson back, lets open up the playbook.

  6. By Spoiler Alert on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Sid Hartmann called him the next C.C. Here’s hoping!!

  7. By vegasvike on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I for one never saw that coming, I’m thrilled they won the game. It was also the first game I got to see, that was awesome. Yes Spencer, Simpson is gonna ignite a high team, should be great!

  8. By VA Vike Fan on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Great let’s get to focusing on our division rival Lions. If we win this game, it’ll put us at 3-1 and the Lions will be 1-3. That’s a great position to be in. Let’s get it done Vikes!

  9. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I said before the season…This team will surprise this season…

    Also to expect the O-line to take some time to start to gel…

    Another…Don’t expect the secondary to start to gel until the second half of the season…There may be some big plays made…But some big plays might go the other way the first half of the season also…

    I think Allen Williams is doing a GOOD job with this young secondary…They are not getting beat deep…And keeping plays in front of them for the most part…

    Instinct will start taking over in this talented secondary later on this season…But Williams is doing a good job having these boys learning the fundamentals of this defense…

    Patience fans…This is a good group learning in the secondary…And the D-line is doing great too…

    Surprise for me…Is how well the Greenway (that was expected) and Brinkley played last Sunday…

  10. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    The O-line didn’t give up a sack to the best defense in football !!!…

    How awesome is that !!!…

  11. By BMF on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Any word on how they made room for Simpson on the roster? I haven’t seen anything.

  12. By SkolVikes98 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I would guess since Raymonds injured they can activate Simpson without sending anyone down,,,, we do have an extra spot on the practice squad

  13. By RichardA1 on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    Ricky, me? no, not young. It was a great win, I’m still pumped up. The momentum should be strong and carry into the Detroit game. Smack, no, confident, yes!

  14. By BMF on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    I could be wrong, but I think Raymond still counts as a roster spot even if he is made inactive. Someone could be dropped down to the practice squad, but that still leaves who.

  15. By Frank on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    cut jenkins

  16. By Feugo on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    one more win against a so called good team, means a little more swagger, a little more confidence, and a lttle more confidence means a little more trust in what we can do ,and this makes other teams be a little more careful

  17. By vikes or die on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Wow. That was sweet to see us beat down SF. I really really dig this team! The sky is the limit. Our team is starting to come together! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. By celticvikingwarrior on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    I agree 100% that Jenkins should be the one to go when Simpson is activated.
    Jenkins can’t get open to save his life and Aromashodu should have been starting since at least the second game as his CLUTCH receptions at the end of the first 3 games have demonstrated…..he knows how to get open, and can close the deal…
    Unfortuneately I think Musgrave will influence the power’s that be to keep him.
    As good as Ponder is doing so far, he better start finding other option”s soon, this Rudolph/Harvin combo as the only two he uses will come back to bite him in the arse….
    Come back soon Mistral Raymond, he was just starting to find the groove and was coming into his own…
    Sanford is decent on run’s and if the play is in front of him, but he his absolutely horrendous on the deep and intermediate routes, always letting people get past him….against team’s that like to throw it deep like Detroit he is an EXTREME detriment…

  19. By Stoney on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    How long is Raymond out for? Will Blanton see any reps?

  20. By read_all_about_it on Sep 26, 2012 | Reply

    Last week, in preparation for the 49ers game, Frazier approach might have changed the course of his football legacy. Desperately clinging to hope after escaping week 1 with a victory against a bad team, and begging for a little physicality and discipline after a soft, unnecessary loss in Indy, the Vikings merged all three on Sunday. They were physical, they were disciplined, and they issued in a new era of hope.

  21. By xvike on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Ironic how the week before, people were bashing on alan williams. Now he is doing a “good” job. Lets not forgot that the coaches can only do so much. It is also up to the players to implement what their coaches teach them during games. It’s not the coaches fault if a player doesn’t cover his assignment or goes out there and doesn’t do what he’s supposed to. I never blamed alan williams or the def coordinator for those last second plays against the jags or the colts. The players just didn’t do their jobs.

  22. By VikesSuperFan on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    Alright we beat the lions we are godd for the seasons first four week lets hope packer lose again

  23. By Leena on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    It can’t be anything that suegsgts violence,i.e.warriors etc., since the Dakota don’t want to be stereotyped as they say they were with Fighting Sioux . Remember the teams are still called North DAKOTA. How about the North Dakota Windmills as in tilting at windmills which the PC crowd has done over this issue.

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