San Francisco 49ers
I got a wee bit nervous. All 261 pounds of Vikings’ second-year defensive end/tackle D’Aundre Reed was not happy with my seemingly harmless inquiry – “How does it feel to be the surprise of the league at 3-1?”
The Minnesota Vikings are off to an impressive start to the season. Very few thought the Vikings would be atop the NFC North Division standings after four weeks. The Vikings are led by Percy Harvin on offense, Chad Greenway on defense and Blair Walsh on special teams.
The Minnesota Vikings begin divisional play, fresh off an upset of the San Francisco 49ers, with several impact starters on the injury list. Jared Allen, Christian Ponder and Kyle Rudolph have found their way on the report for the first time this season. Erin Henderson and Mistral Raymond are dealing with the first significant injuries of the season for the Vikings.
Adrian Peterson was as wide open as anyone has ever been in the NFL.
The Minnesota Vikings improved to 2-1 with a 24-13 upset of the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at Mall of America Field. Second-year quarterback Christian Ponder was nearly perfect as he led the Vikings on four scoring drives.
Replacement referee Ken Roan says he mistakenly awarded San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh two challenges after the coach had called his last timeout on Sunday against the Vikings.
Christian Ponder didn’t flinch, even against that swarming San Francisco defense. Minnesota’s quarterback has come a long way from his rough rookie season.
The Minnesota Vikings are in the early stage of their plan to return to perennial playoff contention with a team supporting a power running game with smart, productive passes and backs that up with a stingy, turnover-forcing defense.
The Minnesota Vikings opened the season with two games against rebuilding teams. The San Francisco 49ers will pose a much stiffer test on Sunday than those teams. Many experts consider the undefeated 49ers as the league’s best team.
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Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers picked up right where they left off last season in their preseason opener. Smith tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brett Swain on the opening possession, backup Colin Kaepernick ran 78 yards for a score on the next and the 49ers breezed past the Minnesota Vikings 17-6 Friday night.