The 49ers averted the prospect of an 0-16 season Monday night by showing up for the game. The Vikings mistakenly thought it was another pre-season affair and gave Adrian Peterson the night off, while toying with the idea of centering their offense around Teddy Bridgewater. Not a good idea.
Even with the gift of the gaffe, it took the 49ers three quarters to score ten whole points against the feeble Viking defense. The Niner passing attack netted 165 yards and their running game netted 209 yards. With those kind of offensive stats, it won’t be long before the Jed York butt-lickers start up a “Fire Geep Chryst” rant. Right now, they’re presumably just relieved about getting one win.
49er QB Colin Kaepernick drew praise not for his offensive output, but for exhibiting the basic qualities of an NFL quarterback — going through his reads, stepping up in the pocket, etc. These deficiencies have been discussed on this site for quite some time, but always against a backdrop of howling denials and blame-shifting to our dear departed former HC. We’ll see how well this new improved Colin holds up when he faces some real defensive pressure.
RB Carlos Hyde had a superb game, virtually carrying the team on his back, especially in the second half. His backup, Reggie Bush, after an offseason of wondrous potential contributions, got laughed off the field with an ankle owie after his second carry.
Next up, the team travels to Pittsburgh to face an opponent that will more than likely show up for the game ready to play. Especially after the Steelers just went to New England and imitated the Vikings in unpreparedness.