I’m sure every fan going into this game wasn’t sure what to expect, we heard all about the 49ers offense and defense taking a step back due to the retirements, losses and head coaching changes. The game didn’t start pretty, but it sure as hell ended that way.
The offense looked good out of the gate, but of course a huge penalty messed the momentum. A field goal attempt blocked, then a muffed punt by Jarryd Hayne made us all think, no not again. Then something happened. The ball started going to Carlos Hyde and he bounded the rock, he light up the Vikings defense. Finished the day with 168 yards and 2 touchdowns.
On the other side of the ball, the defense looked like it did not miss a beat, regardless of all the players they lost. Of course the were going against Teddy Bridgewater, but if you listen to the Pundits, Bridgewater was supposed to be the second coming. Not to mention all the talk was about the return of Adrian Peterson, who only managed 31 yards rushing.
One more thing Bowman looked really good.
The 49ers head to Pittsburgh on a short week, which will be another test for this new look 49ers. For now though, let’s enjoy this win.
Minnesota held under 250 total yards.
Vikings were 1/9 on 3rd down and 0/2 on 4th down.
49ers averaged 6.0 yards per play and 5.9 yards per rush.
Adrian Peterson: 10 carries for 31 yards. Long of 9.
Carlos Hyde: 26 carries for 168 yards. 2 TDs.
Five sacks — one a piece: Bethea, Bowman, Carradine, Lynch, Tartt.
Carlos Hyde was the first runningback to rush over 150 yards (not named Frank Gore) since Kevan Barlow back in 2003.