Vikings 32, 49ers 31

Sunday night in Minnesota, the 49ers achieved something we haven’t see much of the past couple of years — they played an entertaining game.

The offense looked NFL-like the entire game, and the defense was good in the first half. There was no running game, other than Raheem Mostert‘s second half out-of-the-blue efforts against the Vikings’ bench warmers. A poor running game will no doubt be a problem as the season progresses.

It looks like we will be seeing some shoot-outs this year, instead of the blow-outs we’ve become accustomed to. Don’t get me wrong, the blow-outs were quite satisfying when viewed as a slap fest against Jed York. But, negative viewing fun eventually leads to Cleveland, a dark and foreboding place full of existential angst and suicidal gloom.

So, yeah, let’s try some positive viewing this year. Having a QB who stays in the pocket and scans the field for open receivers was a blessed relief from the stare-down-one-receiver pose that became so significantly annoying. In fact, we seem to have TWO viable QBs this year in Brian Hoyer and CJ Beathard. What a glut.

It’s possible no one will mistake either of these gents for the second coming of Joe Montana, but a baby steps approach is defensible at this point in 49er history. Each QB threw for over 150 yards, which was a full game normal stat from the two previous QBs.

The first half defense pitched a shut out, stopped the run, and got some pressure on the Viking QB. That kind of well rounded decency hasn’t existed the past two years. Except for the opening game in both 2015 and 2016. So perhaps we should contain our enthusiasm just a bit longer — at least until the second game of the season, the down the toilet moment in each of those years.

Not to throw water on this roaring spark of optimism, but it did seem like HC/OC Kyle Shanahan game planned for the Vikings. This is normally not done in the exhibition games, nor is a blitz heavy defensive assault. Maybe it was more important for Shanahan to impress in this game than it was to simply prepare for the season. That would be understandable given the unimpressive nature of the first two preseason games and the general air of skepticism among the fans and perhaps even the players.

At any rate, we shall see in two weeks what Alfie wants to know.




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18 comments on “Vikings 32, 49ers 31
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, there were quite a few bright spots in the game. The brightest being the QB position. After the last few years it was amazing to actually see the chains move on third down plays. And, in the fist half we cleaned up a lot of those pesky penalties. I liked the way Hyde caught the ball but I don’t think he is a quality RB by any means. I would like to see us trade him for some OL help or draft picks for next year. Anyway, it was a fun game to watch even when I knew we were gonna lose it in the 4th.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Grump
    I agree. What has been lacking since Harbaugh was let go was games that were entertaining.
    Tough to watch games here the same old crap was happening week after week.
    With Tomsula and Kelly the team had a just show up and collect your paycheck attitude. Very little motivation or innovation which lead to
    a losing attitude.

    This team seems to have a different outlook and a different spark.
    Let’s see how this plays out.

  3. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m actually enjoying the energy overall.
    Nice to see guys flying around and playing together.
    Liking Trent Taylor a lot too.
    Kid is a Mighty Mite of sorts 😀

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers trading TE Vance McDonald and a fifth-round pick to the Steelers for a fourth-round pick.”

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    How can we possibly replace those 16 catches per year, with 14 drops?

  6. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, we basically gave him away.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And his three year $6 mil+ per year salary.

  8. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The weak link will be the O-line. Our run game still does not look ready for prime time, and I worry how long Hoyer will stay healthy. The defense will be on the field more than they should, so they won’t look quite as good as they should, and our CBs are young and will get burned. The record in the standings will be only a little better than last year most likely. But the progress is there. Next question: How can we keep Jed ‘Bidwell’ from effing everything up anyway? Because that shadow looms over everything Shanahan does.

    My prediction: 4-12.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Grump

    So far we haven’t heard a peep out of York since Lynch took over.
    One can only hope it stays that way.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    After the McDonald trade these are next year’s draft picks per Niner Nation

    1st: Own pick
    2nd: Own pick
    2nd: Saints pick (49ers dealt 2016 3rd to land this + 2016 7th round picks)
    3rd: Own pick
    3rd: Bears pick (Acquired in Bears move up for Mitchell Trubisky)
    4th: Steelers pick (Acquired in Vance McDonald trade)
    6th: Own pick
    7th: Own pick
    7th: Chiefs pick (Acquired in Kenneth Acker trade)

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    CB Joe Haden cut by Browns because he had a $11 mil salary.
    Might be worth a look if he checks out physically at Niner friendly price

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Brooks signs with Packers.

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Haden signs with Steelers.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Lions are trading OL [guard] Laken Tomlinson to the 49ers. They’re giving Detroit a 2019 fifth round pick.”

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Bumps Beadles from the starting lineup.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tomlinson was a Lion First Round draft pick. Worth a shot for a 5th round pick in 2019 and not in next year’s draft.

    Maybe he will be more adept in Niners blocking scheme

    His draft profile

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2015/profiles/laken-tomlinson?id=2552345

  17. winderNo Gravatar says:

    you are right, definitely worth a shot

  18. 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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