Minnesota Vikings vs San Francisco 49ers: Week 1 game review

5 of 5

September 14, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) passes the football to running back Adrian Peterson (28) against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at Levi

Overall Impressions

Overall, I’m disappointed I even watched this game.

I was coming into this season optimistic.  Despite losing two members of the offensive line because of injury, I was really looking forward to seeing this team come together with Bridgewater and Peterson, but the offense never clicked, and Adrian never got going.  Much of the stats in the game are padded from garbage time and loose defense to just eat time, so even those numbers don’t accurately represent what this game was.

The guys I was least disappointed in were Mike Wallace, Andrew Sendejo, Harrison Smith, Anthony Barr and Kyle Rudolph.  Each of those guys had solid games that were overshadowed by an overall crappy performance by the rest of the team.  While I’m optimistic that each of these guys will continue to play well and be a big part of this team in the future, the pieces around them need to pick up their slack.

Most frustrating of all was how the Minnesota Vikings were getting demolished in the trenches.  They lost the battle on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball against a team that has holes that can be exploited.  Instead, it was almost as if the team was looking past this hungry San Francisco team and already thinking about Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions.

This is not how a playoff caliber team looks.  This team will need to bounce back in a big way to be taken seriously in the NFL.  Hopefully, next week’s review will be more positive, but there just isn’t much to cheer about for week one.

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