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Preseason Game 3: Vikings vs 49s

The Vikings took the field without much fanfare and less finesse. If Twitter’s any indication, Ponder’s going to be in for a rough time from the fans as long as he’s starting. It appears that the off-season didn’t do Ponder any favors when it comes mechanics and instinct. Not that I thought it would. I’ve never been much of a Ponder fan (which probably hasn’t gone unnoticed if you’ve been reading my blog for a while).

What I Liked:

  • 1st defensive series with a short field: 3 & out for the Niners
  • Chad Greenway’s INT in the 2nd quarter
  • The incredible 1 yard TD between Ponder & Zach Line in the 2nd quarter (yeah… I’m exaggerating – but any time Ponder scores a passing TD I feel we should all look on with surprise. I mean enthusiasm.)
  • Greg Jennings drawing PI and catching passes in purple & gold (because that has to piss off Packer fans)
  • Joe Webb’s TD catch. Ran a good route and pulled the ball in. Well done.
  • Mauti looks like a solid pick.

What Bothered Me:

  • Adrian Peterson on the field. Why???
  • Ponder on the field. Why??? (This is somewhat sarcastic – but seriously – just put Cassel in already & let’s move on)
  • Frazier in a starring role as coach. Still???
  • Matt Kalil’s antics on the field
  • Ponder’s lack of time awareness
  • San Francisco fans running onto the field. Please… why drag out my agony with your antics?
  • A lack of discipline. Boy – hasn’t THAT been a constant theme on the Frazier-led Vikings squads?

What I Hated:

  • 1st offensive series: 3 & out with a Ponder fumble
  • 2nd offensive series: 3 & out with a punt by a punter who isn’t Chris Kluwe
  • Tackling fundamentals. Our tackling sucks as much now as it has in the last 2 seasons.
  • The Vikings 1st string offense struggled against the 2nd and 3rd stringers on the Niners. Pathetic!
  • Multiple fans running onto the field delayed the end of the game.

Well my Vikings brethren, that concludes the preseason Dress Rehearsal. Something tells me that we’re in for a lot of pain. I hope I’m wrong… but we have so many gaps, I don’t know how this can go well. Agree with me? Disagree? Leave me a comment or send me a tweet!

 

 

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