Remember the Farvemo

Next up on the 49ers sack and pillage tour of the NFC North are the Minnesota Vikings. A few years back, the Vikes had the Williams Wall that prevented anyone from running up the middle on them. Age and PEDs have crumbled that wall. Throw in Jared Allen, the defensive end whose only concern is rushing the passer, and you have the makings of a big time running game for the 49ers this coming Sunday.

The other thing working in the 49ers favor is the Vikes are basically not a very good team. Usually, this will get you beat in the NFL. Adrian Peterson will gain a modest amount of yards, Allen might get a sack or two, Christian Ponder will have a respectable QBR, but the Vikes won’t get the ball into the end zone — and the 49ers will. Case closed. Next!

After the game, the team will once again hole up in Youngstown, Ohio to prepare for next week’s game against the Jets in New Jersey, rather than endure two cross country airplane flights. The Debartolos pretty much own Youngstown. It must be nice to own a town. I started off in life wanting to own my own island. Then I scaled down to a ten acre spread with a castle and a moat. Then it was a house. Now, I’m just happy to own my shoes.

It’s a Wild West sort of deal, owning your own town. “Hi, stranger. I’m P.J. Buttwipe. I own this town and everyone in it.”

This puffed up announcement is then followed by a gunslinger who’s a good type of killer coming into town and shooting all of Buttwipe’s hired henchmen and finally Buttwipe himself, and returning the town to the citizens who don’t know what to do with it, so they move somewhere else and the town dies. Or the gunslinger burns it down.

Not Youngstown, though. The Debartolos are the good guys in this movie. And the 49ers will be visiting royalty, off to their first 3-0 start since the Ice Age.

Arizona can also reach 3-0 this weekend, by beating the visiting Philadelphians and Seattle can wake up the league by winning their home game against Green Bay. If both these teams win, the NFC West will not only reach respectability, it will draw some votes as the toughest division in the NFC. Should this occur, we might see an East Coast biasiter actually choke to death on national TV. I’ve got my own top five candidates to succumb by gasping. Perhaps our readers have theirs.

NFL Week Three is traditionally the week where the good teams begin asserting themselves and the bad teams start the long walk southward into oblivion. We saw a prime example Thursday night as the Giants completely mopped up the floor with the over-hyped Cam Newtons. Hype vs Reality will be on display in Denver this Sunday, also, when the concensus AFC most powerful Texans take on the Tebowless Broncos and their interception machine QB.

Three years ago, the Niners went to Minnesota with a chance to go 3-0 and got Farved by a game ending Hail Mary. Most of the current team was there that woeful day and you can bet they remember it. And are determined not to let it happen again.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners did bring in “Lights Out” Merriman to kick the tires and went with Bahktiari due to his versatility to play on special teams.
    All things being equal being multi dimensional was the deciding factor especially as a backup.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Minimum salary for Marriman is probably scaled to about a million per year, while Bahktiari is probably aroung 400K. I would imagine that and the fact Bahk already knows our sysatem had as much to do with the decision as the fact he plays special teams. I would rather have Bahk back than Merriman anyway.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The talking has begun. Adrian Peterson says the Niners have never seen a run offense like the Vikes have. Talk is cheap. It’s still see guy with ball, hit guy with ball and bring him down with some pain. Vikes rank 13th in NFL in rushing offense with 218 yds in 2 games and 2 TDs. If AP keeps talking that’ll wakeup the Defense
    with added motivation.
    http://tinyurl.com/bremmfm

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners see a run offense better than the Vikes every day in practice.

  5. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing how our base defense looks considering it will be the first time in a game it gets used for any length of time. I wonder how it compares to last years unit now that they have a year and TC as experience.

    Can Aldon contain a first rate RB? How will the back 4 do without any extra help? I’m confident the front 3 will handle their biz and the ILB’s too.

    Overall I don’t think the win is in doubt, just interested to see our D perform in base sets.

  6. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon Smith has already shown he can defend the run pretty well. This should be fun. Although I wouldn’t be surprised to see Minn come out throwing. Then Aldon is even more important.
    .
    I expect more of the same from the Niners. Throw their mid-range passes, get an early lead, and clamp down. I’d like to see our D get some more turnovers . . .
    .
    Stickle, NO won because they were like +35 in turnovers. The turning point IN the super bowl with the pick 6 by NO. Well, that and the dropped pass by Garcon on 3rd down in the 2nd quarter.

  7. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Aldon has against teams that don’t run particularly well, I am interested in how he does against 1st tier RB, not that I think he fails but the proof is in the pudding.

    In a game with a team that’s on paper this one sided I need to find something to keep me awake, so watching the back 4 and Aldon prove they can handle it against a different kind of offense is it.

    Skeebs point about our running game being better is true but these are different guys so we shall see.

    As for the Niner O I think we have the right balance to score either way but expect the run game to be emphasized.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Defensive team goals I would set would be to hold opponents to under 300 yds total offense (last year we allowed 306 yds/game to rank 4th) and hold opponents to less than 5 yds per play (last year 5.1 yds to rank 6th).
    Doesn’t seem that we’ll see last year’s turnover numbers.
    Unless we start shutting teams out lst year’s 227 points is going to hard to achieve as we’ve given up 41 ponts in 2 games already with many high power offenses to come.

  9. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    I honestly am setting the over / under for AP’s yardage at 60 rushing yards, and I’m taking all bets. This doesn’t not include passing yardage.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, he’ll get 75 . . .

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Keeping teams out of the end zone is the only goal. . . .

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Lions S John Wendlined fined $7,875 for hit that cut Alex Smith’s nose.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs

    That’s only $2K more than what T Brown was fined for wearing the wrong color undershirt.
    The NFL needs to get their act together. When you draw blood on an illegal hit it should be a minimum of $25K.
    In case some don’t know the enforcer of fines is out very own Merton Hanks, the chicken dancer himself.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Barrows:
     
    Wearing the wrong hat: $15K; Punching opposing QB in the nose: $7,875; NFL’s priorities: priceless.

  15. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Whether we’re in the base 3-4 or the nickel our front seven (or six) play a helluva lot faster than they did the last time we faced this team. Maybe because both fronts are basically built on DEs and speed rush OLBs.
     
    Facing Minnesota’s game the question seems to me to be who is going to present the biggest threat, Harvin or Peterson. Translates roughly for us to Sopoaga or Culliver.
     
    I hope we don’t forget to cover their tight end though.
     
    Our passing game may be needed here, depending on the success of our defense and special teams. That’s still Davis and Crabtree.

  16. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    At least fans don’t seem to be cheering Wendlin for elbowing Smith. They might have two years ago.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, it’s just more fodder for the Lions being a bunch of cheap shot artists. They suck AND they cheat.
    .
    Then again, they take after their hotdog coach.

  18. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    WENDLIN! WENDLIN! WENDLIN!!!!

    3 Cheers for Wendlin!

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s more like it, Albert. Your first comment was eerily sane.

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Manny Lawson, for all his supposed coverage skills, was often burned by TE-underneath routes. That has been tightened up recently. It’s all a matter of the 1st guy making the tackle.
    .
    I’ll take Brooks and A Smith over Haralson and Lawson every day of the week and 3 times on Sunday. All of our LBs are fast and versatile. I don;t see them doing too much running or passing on the Niners. 24-13 49ers.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m in for 34-10 49ers.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Christian Ponder will be a good QB but he will struggle this week.

  23. robNo Gravatar says:

    49ers 27 vikings 20

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think they have trouble scoring on us and we go into slowdown mode on offense. We still win comfortably. 24-6.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Spitoon

    If you are going to use someone’s name to taunt at least get it right. I forgot you are illiterate troll who wants to relocate.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think anyone’s mentioned Singletary this week. Hi, Mike. How’s oblivion treating you?

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I noticed that. His name is spelled Wendling.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In the preseason game at the Stick did they even show Singletary on the sideline or in the pressbox?

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    They showed him on the sideline before the game. IIRC, they even showed he and a couple 49er players being frindly. I seem to even remember a hug?

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I missed a lot of the pregame BS so I missed Singletary.
    In preseason it’s all fluff anyway

  31. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Wendling is a German name. It’s patronymic from the personal name Wendel. I remember reading once where the Brothers Grimm had originally entitled their story, “Hansel and Wendel.” But they didn’t think society was ready to read about two lost boys who stroll through the woods holding hands together that want nothing more than to devour a gingerbread house.
    .
    We’ve come a long way…

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Raiduhs are just a big hot mess. They are going to start Michael Huff at CB. Huff has never played CB in the NFL or college and if they’re not playing cover 2 than he’s in big trouble against Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown. Yikes!

  33. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Gnats just walked all over the Panthers the other night.
    No pass rush and dbs that can’t cover made Eli Manning look invincible. After beating the Aints I thought Carolina was a better team. I was so wrong.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just saw an old episode of Law and Order: SVU and there was R. Lee Ermey playing a disgusting, old rapist. That wasn’t the worst part. He ended up getting killed by a girl with a frying pan. Say it ain’t so, R. Lee.

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    R. Lee must have thought the women were turning into watermelons!

  36. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I just watched R. Lee again last night in the 2003 remake of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Ermey held his own and then some as the bad sheriff. Otherwise that film couldn’t hold a candle to the 1974 original.
    .
    Jessica Biel did look hot as usual in her wife beater tank. But there never was any nipple action. So it was just a bad movie that teased ya along the way as well. Double whammy.

  37. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, one needs nipple action.

  38. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’ll be in the need of a huge pacifier if my trade with Spit goes down the toilet. Mrs. Blood, if Ryan Matthews re-injuries his shoulder on Sunday only for me to receive him on Monday when our trade is consummated — I’ll be disavowing any and all knowledge of said trade and using my powers of commissioner to take back Luck on Tuesday.
    .
    I’m sick and tired of getting screwed. Time for someone else to play the role of Dr. Ben Dover in Roman Polanski’s latest foreign epic — “The Man who Glued his Ankles to his Feet.”

  39. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    ***His HANDS to his Feet***
    Gluing ankles and feet together sounds like something Picasso would paint.

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners win 27-16

  41. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats to our 2012 San Francisco Giants, Western Division Champs. What a great story this team has been all year. Excellent.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Game day!!! Go Niners!

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder who our caterer is in Minihaha? I hope Moss approves of the food!

  44. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    They just showed Moss tossing the ball around pre-game. He has a smile on jis face.
    He’s having his reunion with the Vikes and Kolb is going against the Eagles. If Flynn had won the QB job he’s be going against ht ePack.
    Steeler-Raiduhs always brings back thoughts of the immaculate reception.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What happened to Frenchy Fuqua?

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niner inactives
    QB Scott Tolzien
    WR A.J. Jenkins
    WR Ted Ginn Jr.
    RB LaMichael James
    RB Brandon Jacobs
    G Joe Looney
    NT Ian Williams

    per Matt Maiocco

  47. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    20-16 Percy “Harvin” Faith and His Orchestra. One of my all time favorite songs from an all time movie.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSsiS-v6_6M

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Illegal block in the back on the kicking team? Berger can’t say a goddamn word. He likes these new replacements.

  49. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Smith gets sacked but clearly the Viking DB is pushing Crabtree out of bounds. Defensive holding???
    Zebras are crap.

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Second time this season Niners have been called for block in the back as the kicking team. I have never seen that penalty called before.

  51. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Christian Ponder will be a good QB but he will struggle this week.”
    .
    You were saying Berger?

  52. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If our coverage gets any looser we’ll be in prevent. The coaches need to grow a set of balls and dare them to go deep.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    While Del and Stinky were telling us about Locker I was telling you guys about Ponder. Does Stinky have Locker on his fantasy team?

  54. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Now it’s time to see what the coaching staff can do in making halftime adjustments. Time to come back.

  55. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Helluva way to start the 2nd half with Kyle’s return.
    Need to punch it in.

  56. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    We suck. Another FG attempt.

  57. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    These replacement refs just “Walk around blindly. Follow orders (from players), not knowing what they do or care what they’re doing.” Just like how Bob Hope described it in this clip.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWpU8sX10_4
    .
    That was for my good pal, Berger.

  58. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    What’s with all the OT games? Geez Louise.

  59. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The Saints are now 0-3 after losing to KC — at home today nevertheless. That’s not “Bounty Gate.” That’s sucking Donkey Kong for three weeks to the point where Ms. Pac-Man wouldn’t even give ya the time of day gate.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgqE2fwKt4c

  60. winderNo Gravatar says:

    We looked terrible today. We were out played and out coached.

  61. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Denver D can’t stop Schaub so they headhunted. First one was bad, second one was ugly. A couple guys need to be suspended.
    Schaub is back in, missed one play.

  62. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    You could read his lips on the sideline talking to a coach after they had to settle (for once) for a FG.
    “I’m fine. No, it (his ear) is fine.”
    Guy’s a gamer.

  63. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Those followed a roughing on Peyton that wasn’t called (that I missed somehow, replays just showed it).
    Now I understand.

  64. robNo Gravatar says:

    awh crap imo we played our worst game since harbaugh took over as head coach today !

    the offense was off , the defense was spotty and even the coaching/gameplan faultered !

    imo it was a team loss …
    our old workhorse frank gore dropped the ball at a critical time . no sacks for aldon smith . our QB missed a TD and threw his first pic in forever , ending our last real threat ! even our hero kicker failed today !

    ..it happens

  65. robNo Gravatar says:

    oh wait didn’t DELMAR pick us to win today ?

    now i understand !

  66. robNo Gravatar says:

    old fav bill musgrave and christian ponder did a good job against us today ! imo our decision to “make ponder beat us” was a flawed idea from the start !

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We were out everythinged. Out coached, out played and outed. We ran the Singletary umbrella coverage in the first half and never recovered. Hats off to Ponder, he killed us.

  68. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I knew you’d say that.

  69. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    It’s nice to be human, isn’t it? That’s 2-1. Everyone take a deep breath and prepare for the Jet-sons.

  70. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    It’s like Tony Dungy said: “To beat the 49ers you stop Gore.” Well, the Vikes can obviously stop Gore. Then it comes down to how good your qb is. The rest of the league now knows. Problem is, the rest of league is designed to stop the pass. The Packers don’t stop the run, and even though the Lions have Suh and Farley, the don’t have a run game to run the clock out. The Viking beat the 49ers by stopping Gore and running the clock out. Make Smith beat you…. because he can’t.

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Off day today Albert.
    Didn’t like the effort on D at all.
    Several guys, including Justin, suggested as much, they played flat.
    Alex missed high on several easy throws to Moss as well.
    Everyone hits a bad game in this league, gets them thinking a little harder for the next game.
    Focus on the NYJ and get this thing back on the rails.

  72. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Actually, OUR defense stopped Gore. We got into a hole so early we had to pass. Ponder throws so well on the move. Our pass rush could not lay a hand on him. And obviously no one was prepared for that kid Rudolph. He killed us on the first drive.

    49ers need to take some frustration out on Sanchez next week.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Letting Ponder throw underneath is playing with fire. I did not think we would do that, we did and the Vikes ate up the clock which limited our opportunities. They played 49er football and our defensive game plan was very passive. We adjusted in the 2nd half but it was too late by then because the offensive game plan went conservative at the most critical moments, like after the opening kick off, we ran three times. The QB run looked like a designed run. Alex was not sharp too. It was a team loss. We looked flat all around. Maybe we were to busy reading our press clippings and were too full of ourselves.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops, I meant to say 2nd half kick off, not opening kick off.

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Vikes did not stop Gore. He only had 12 carries and averaged 5.3 yards a carry.
    The Niner core offense is their running game.They went away from it by choice and got burned.
    Gore needs to touch the ball 20-25 times for the offense to roll.
    The 3 Viking TD drives all averaged 7 mins and were for 80 yds or over each. Niners got a taste of their own medicine today.

  76. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The scab officials suck like nobody’s business.
    Belechick grabbed one of them after the game was over. Will he just be fined or suspended?
    Did I mention the scab officials suck like nobody’s business?

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Officiating stalls the flow of the game.
    Our run game was less than crisp, seemed our RBs were always a shade slow to make a cut and Olinemen were just in the way most of the day.
     
    Sh!t happens, we were flat and, plain sucked, on both sides of the ball.
    Tip of the cap to the Vikes and move on.
     
    Seems Revis may have ended his own season today.
    Talk of an ACL torn making a cut?
    Tough for him if it’s true, better for us next week.

  78. AlbertEinstinkleNo Gravatar says:

    Grump – I don’t think being down by two touchdowns in the first half takes Gore out of the game. Two touchdowns doesn’t take you out of your game plan. A three touchdown lead might, but not two. I think Gore was taken out of the game by the Vikings front seven and the Vikings ran the ball with Toby to eat clock to seal the deal. It’s the old school way of winning, that’s how the 49ers are built to win, and the Vikings beat us at our own game. We all remember the Harbaugh / Bo Schembeckler (sp?) conversation where Bo asked Harbaugh, “Are you going to have a mean, nasty fullback?” That’s the 49ers. It’s not a pass first team – it’s run first team. And Gore wasn’t taken out of the game because of two touchdowns. Gore was taken out of the game because the Vikings keyed on him and made Alex beat, and Alex, again, could not beat the opposition with his arm and athleticism.
    .
    Fortunately for Harbaugh there aren’t a lot of teams in the NFL that can stop the run right now. Harbaugh is cruising through the NFL, beating guys like Rogers and Brees by running, playing good defense and eating clock. But make no mistake about it – Ponder just beat Smith. That’s what this game just came down to. Why? Because the Vikings did what Tony Dungy just talked about two weeks ago – “They took Frank Gore out of the game and made Smith beat them.” The question becomes, and it’s always been the question for me, but the question becomes: When teams take away Gore, can Smith beat them with his arm and athleticism? I’m pretty sure… fairly positive that I’ve been pretty consistent saying Alex Smith can’t lead comebacks and win games on his own. We saw it today. Late in the fourth, down by two scores, Smith threw an INT that ended the game. The man is a loser. Now the rest of this blog will say, “It’s not all on Alex today,” or they’ll say he’s lead comebacks…. but not really. Alex Smith continues to be the weakest link on this team, and nothing has changed. When the team needs Smith, Smith isn’t up for the challenge. Today the 49ers needed a qb.

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Link to the injury information –
     
    http://tinyurl.com/boebg4l

  80. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Alex was less than impressive today Albert, no question.
     
    I would also look at the play calling from our sideline as well.
    MN worked us on the edges, screens etc.
    Our LBs are superior to theirs and we don’t attempt to duplicate the same strategy?
    We had the better personnel, they executed better.
    Plain and simple.
    We couldn’t get off the field on 3rd downs and Aldon got exposed in coverage.
    Fangio should do a better job against the Jets but, Roman didn’t look too creative today at all.
    Especially when MN had weaknesses in the middle of the field.
    Chalk it up to a bad day.
     
    If it continues, as you suggest, to look as though Alex can’t overcome these types of games, Kaep will have his chance to steal the reigns.
    I can’t see this as an indictment on Smith, we did get beat at our own game.
    I’d question why we didn’t stick with the ground game more as well, along with some shorter swing-type options to the RBs.

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    They wore out our Defense and we hardly gave theirs a test.

  82. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t think we changed our defensive game plan. We used the base 3-4 on about half the plays. I don’t think we changed that.
     
    We let the TE get away again. Unfortunately it seems to be a weaknesss of our scheme/personnel. It shouldn’t be a surprise that they scouted us up. I tried to warn Harbaugh before the game. Oh, well. He does still read here, right?
     
    Whitner got beat for a TD in the end zone. Dobbs subbed in for Smith on the Ponder TD run and it went right by him. Smith may have stopped that play.
     
    RJF replaced Sopoaga after he got his leg rolled up on. The first play he was in AP went over the middle for twenty yards getting them out of their end zone.
     
    Smith had a bad day, too. Predictable given the gameplan today, unless you think adding receivers was all he needed.
     
    I think Harbaugh could benefit from a little less one-on-ones with the fake zebras.

  83. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I forgot the pick six he dropped, too.
     
    Just a bad game. Let’s hope the injuries to Sopoaga and Willis are not too bad.

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Astute analysis as always NoFear49er.
    I thought Aldon got caught too far inside on the 4th down TD play to Rudolph myself?
    Not sure what his responsibilities are on the outside in that situation?
    Dashon was in the backfield quickly and vacated that area so who knows where his help is expected to appear from?
    But…we laid a pantload in MN for sure.
     
    Maiocco suggested both Sopoaga and Willis appeared to be walking normally following the game at least.
    Hope that means positive expectations for next weeks’ game.

  85. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Rent-A-Refs tried to help us out but we were just too lathargic to oblige.
    Didn’t like our strategy or our adjustments.
    Seems like what I typically call a hostage game.
    Some important players’ family or loved one’s being held in a storage trailer until the Vegas line is flipped.
    We stunk it up. Plain and simple.
     
    Randy looked disinterested, Alex likely contributed to that when he sailed 3 passes high and/or wide.
    No WR likes getting his mid section exposed unnecessarily.
    Old Alex showed up in MN.
    New Alex better get back on the rails.

  86. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ponder improvised under pressure, Alex swallows the ball.
    Good strategy? I have my doubts.
     
    Harbaugh/Roman better consider alternate means of attack when his ground game takes a breather too.
    I felt we should have attacked the edges as they did to us.
    Slow down Jared with quick hitters or power run in his direction perhaps?
    So it goes, see how we shake off a crap performance next week.

  87. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ha, that’s funny NJ49er,
     
    The Vikes sure sold the run there and had everyone flowing toward the right (their right) side except 99. I think Aldon chucked the TE inside and was looking for Ponder to run and hesitated for a one beat on the coverage. No one else was there to cover it so I guess it was on Aldon. Like one of those gambles when you send the safety and he doesn’t get there.
     
    I didn’t like the six points but I thought it was a gutsy call and pretty well executed for the Vikes on a D as tough as ours (usually is). Unfortunately it also seems to have set the tone and we couldn’t find the play to take the mo away. Even though Kyle was trying like hell for his part.
     
    You could be right about the game plan but I wasn’t upset they stuck with it. Too pass heavy I thought but they were pretty tough to run on so I see the sense of it. After all, we brought in the guys to play that game when we needed it. What’s the point if you can’t put it in the plan?
     
    I wish Hunter could have caught a pass or two. The Vikes were probably not too well prepared for him coming out of the backfield. Not enough balls to go around now I guess.

  88. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, that dropped pick-six cost my fantasy team defense eight points. Bastid!
     
    Still a win though, thanks in no small measure to Jamaal Charles’ performance today.

  89. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well the Fantasy Angle has it’s merits I guess.
    But yes, Whitner could have turned that game for our pal Mo right there.
    I can’t get too bent outta shape over a Week 3 Loss.
    It shows we’re a work in progress.
    I thought with the indoor track and the speed we added that we would indeed have taken a little more liberty with Kyle and Kendall in the passing effort.
    Quick hitter bubble stuff with a Randy bomb here for good measure on Chris Cook perhaps?
    I think we got caught up in the Randy Reunion Tour and didn’t take the Vikes seriously enough on D perhaps?
     
    All in all, there’s work to be done and we need to get something figured out for the TE coverages.

  90. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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