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49ers at Vikings: Why San Francisco might lose Happy Friday kids! Did we enjoy NFL Penaltyfest Kickoff last night?Yeah http://www.authenticsminnesotavikings.co...ejo-jersey , I was underwhelmed myself, but hey, at least football is back.As we’ve all known for months, the Beloved Purple take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at US Bank Stadium. Here on SB Nation, we usually contact the sister blog of our opponent and do a ‘Five Good Questions’ segment to get to know the opposing team a little better.This week, we’re still talking with Niners Nation, the network blog about the San Francisco 49ers, but we’re doing it with a little twist to the 5GQ segment. I’ve exchanged emails with David ‘Fooch’ Fucillo, one of the Head Ball Coaches over there (hey, that’s what the masthead says) and All Around Good Guy (not on the masthead, but still accurate), and we’ve laid out cases why our teams might lose. Kind of an internal scouting report, if you will.So, without further delay White Danielle Hunter Jersey , here’s Dave’s thoughts on why his beloved 49ers might lose to the Vikings this Sunday:Why the 49ers might lose, by David FucilloThere is plenty of optimism in the Bay Area (well, not for the Raiders), but I’m trying to be a little more realistic about a tough opener in Minnesota. The 49ers are a 6.5-point underdog, and I think we end up seeing the Vikings cover the spread on this one. A 49ers upset is not out of the realm of the possible, but it’s not going to be an easy one. And there are plenty of things that could go south that could create problems.On offense, naturally Jimmy Garoppolo is the high profile figure. The 49ers won five straight when he took over as starter, and saw their offense reach levels not seen since the Harbaugh years. Garoppolo could easily come back to earth, but even if he plays well, there are some issues for the 49ers offense. The most significant is in the red zone. The 49ers were near the bottom of the league in touchdowns per red zone appearance. If they don’t improve in that area, it won’t matter nearly enough what they’re doing between the 20s.Of course, I would be remiss if I did not mention Jerick McKinnon’s absence. He tore his ACL last weekend and is done for the year. Alfred Morris and Matt Breida will split work in McKinnon’s absence, along with fullback Kyle Juszczyk specifically in the passing game. Morris knows Shanahan’s offense, but there are plenty of question marks considering he did not join the roster until midway through the preseason. If he shows up White Brett Jones Jersey , this game could get really interesting, but if he struggles against this stout Vikings defense, San Francisco is in trouble.On defense, it comes down to the pass defense. Reuben Foster’s absence due to suspension is problematic, but the 49ers have some potentially solid depth at linebacker. The bigger question is between the pass rush and the secondary. The 49ers pass rush was shaky at best last season, and the team did not do much to address it. If this group takes a step forward, it will be because defensive linemen Arik Armstead and Solomon Thomas take a big step forward alongside DeForest Buckner this season. If they don’t get some consistent, healthy play from this group, the 49ers could be in a world of hurt.The back half of the pass defense is another big question. The 49ers signed Richard Sherman to start opposite Ahkello Witherspoon. Sherman is returning from a torn Achilles and at 30 years of age, he faces plenty of questions. I have no doubt the Vikings will challenge him regularly on Sunday. If he does not prove himself back in pre-injury form, it will be a long day for the 49ers defense.Thanks, Dave, for that unique perspective on this week’s Most Hated Enemy. Here’s to a good game with no injuries or penalties for tackling.And may a catch be always in our favor. Skol! The Minnesota Vikings played a back-to-the-basics game, leaning on Latavius Murray's powerful legs and a smothering defense that was in prime form.The Arizona Cardinals just couldn't keep up on either front.Murray helped the Vikings revive their running attack with a career-high 155 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries Youth Linval Joseph Jersey , wearing down the Cardinals on the way to a 27-17 win on Sunday."I don't want to sit here and say that we cracked the code, because they have been vulnerable to the run game, so we have to be honest about that on all levels," Murray said. "But I will say I feel we're capable of running the ball that way, no matter who we're playing."Starting in place of Dalvin Cook (hamstring) for the third time in the past four games, Murray had 66 yards by halftime to top the team average over the first five games. The previous long gain by a Vikings running back was Cook's 15-yarder in the season opener, which Murray topped four times against a Cardinals defense that entered the game allowing the second-most rushing yards in the league."If you allow teams to rush for almost 200 yards on you, you're not going to win that game. It is what it is," defensive tackle Corey Peters said. "That's kind of been our thing all year, and that's why we're 1-5."Even Kirk Cousins joined the fun for the Vikings (3-2-1) with an option-style run across the goal line in the third quarter, before throwing to Adam Thielen for a score on the following possession. The Vikings celebrated their touchdowns with a choreographed a clumsy "dead-arm" dance that Thielen recalled from college.Thielen had 11 receptions for 123 yards, his sixth straight 100-yard game to become the first player in the NFL since 1961 to start a season with a streak that long. Thielen's 58 catches are the most in league history through six games.Budda Baker returned a fumble off a sack by Chandler Jones for a 36-yard touchdown and Tre Boston had a diving interception later in the second quarter, and the Cardinals (1-5) constantly pressured Cousins with four sacks, seven hits and seven deflected passes. He leads league with five lost fumbles.Cousins still managed to complete 24 of 34 attempts for 233 yards White Dalvin Cook Jersey , thanks mostly to Thielen and his exceptional ability to get open anywhere on the field and turn off-target throws into clutch catches. He made a toe-dragging sideline grab on third-and-13 right at the first-down marker to extend the opening possession of the third quarter, before capping the drive in the end zone with a 13-yard reception on a seam route after leaving linebacker Josh Bynes in his wake with a stutter step.The tone was set in the first quarter on Murray's 21-yard touchdown run , when he flattened Antoine Bethea with a stiff arm."It's not a game to invite Chandler Jones to come wreck it and get them right back in the game, so we were trying to run the ball," Cousins said.TESTED ROSENComing off his first career NFL victory last week, Rosen went 21 for 31 for 240 yards. The Cardinals failed to move the chains on all 12 of their third or fourth down plays. That included a third-quarter interception by Anthony Harris and a fourth-and-goal stop of David Johnson by Xavier Rhodes at the 1 in the second quarter."He can learn from this, being in this hostile environment," Cardinals coach Steve Wilks said. "This is how the NFL is. He's got to be able to operate under these kinds of pressures, and everybody around him needs to help him out."FITZ'S FAILURELarry Fitzgerald, the intended target when Harris jumped his route, had five catches for 39 yards in his hometown. The 15th-year veteran fell to 0-6 in career visits to Minnesota, where the Cardinals have lost 10 straight games since they were in St. Louis in 1977.CHANDLER CHALLENGEThe Vikings missed injured left tackle Riley Reiff (foot), with Jones often overpowering Rashod Hill, who switched sides as rookie Brian O'Neill made his first start at right tackle. Jones had 1陆 sacks White Ben Gedeon Jersey , and Benson Mayowa had two deflected passes from the other defensive end spot while rotating with Golden.BY THE NUMBERSJohnson had a late touchdown run and 55 yards on 18 attempts, but he lost a fumble in the first quarter. ... Danielle Hunter had two of Minnesota's four sacks, giving him at least one in each of the first six games for the third-longest streak in team history.INJURY REPORTCardinals: LG Mike Iupati (back) was replaced in the third quarter by Jeremy Vujnovich (hamstring), who left in the fourth quarter. RG Justin Pugh (hand) also went out, forcing John Wetzel and Daniel Munyer to man the guard spots.Vikings: CB Mike Hughes limped off in the fourth quarter with a left knee injury, and he was on crutches afterward. Coach Mike Zimmer said Hughes would have an MRI on Monday. ... With strong safety Andrew Sendejo (groin) inactive, George Iloka got his first start. Harris frequently rotated in, too.UP NEXTCardinals: Host the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.Vikings: Play on the road against the New York Jets next Sunday.
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