Minnesota rolls into San Fran for a (late night) MNF showdown to open their season. Fresh off some convincing wins in preseason, and not daunted by a meaningless loss in which most starters never saw the field, the Vikings look to be the favorites to beat a 49er team that is a shadow of its former self.
Why we will win: TB has picked up right where he left off at the end of the 2014 season. He is crisp, clean, and even more mature than he was last year, which is saying something. Minnesota added a couple valuable weapons to the offensive (but not offensive) roster – Adrian Peterson and Mike Wallace. Both are figured to open up the other’s game – Peterson will draw defenders up to the line, leaving Wallace open down the sidelines, or Wallace will take a couple defenders with him, leaving open field for AD to do his thing. Throw in a healthy Rudolph and the threat of Wright, Johnson and Patterson, and San Fran won’t know WHO to cover.
Why it could be close, but we still win: The Vikings have had troubles containing a scrambling/running QB. We may have blanket coverage on 49er WRs, and our front line may stuff the RBs, but Zimmer needs to designate someone to spy on Kaepernik. The O-line is a work in progress, with a rookie at RT, and several converts and backups filling in 4 of the 5 positions. Also, the Vikings have posted a dismal record in primetime matchups over the past decade. However, this patchwork O-line provided TB with enough time to run through his progressions.
Prediction: Minnesota will bust open the 2015/16 season with a victory.
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