Vikings-49ers game scout

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Sunday
Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) at Houston Texans (1-1)
Tennessee Titans (0-2) at New York Jets (2-0)
Green Bay Packers (1-1) at St. Louis Rams (0-2)
Washington Redskins (1-1) at Detroit Lions (0-2)
San Francisco 49ers (2-0) at Minnesota Vikings (2-0)
Atlanta Falcons (2-0) at New England Patriots (1-1)
New York Giants (2-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-2)
Cleveland Browns (0-2) at Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) at Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)
Chicago Bears (1-1) at Seattle Seahawks (1-1)
New Orleans Saints (2-0) at Buffalo Bills (1-1)
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)
Denver Broncos (2-0) at Oakland Raiders (1-1)
Miami Dolphins (0-2) at San Diego Chargers (1-1)
Indianapolis Colts (2-0) at Arizona Cardinals (1-1)
Monday
Carolina Panthers (0-2) at Dallas Cowboys (1-1)

San Francisco 49ers (2-0) at Minnesota Vikings (2-0)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
GAMEDATE: 9/27/09
SURFACE:
TV: FOX (Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan)

SERIES


39th regular-season meeting. Vikings lead series, 19-18-1. The Vikings have not had nearly as much success in the postseason against the 49ers as they've had in the regular season. The Vikings are 1-4 in the divisional playoffs against the 49ers, with four of those games having been played in San Francisco.

KEYS TO THE GAME

The Vikings' typically air-tight run defense is allowing 109 yards per game and will see a heavy dose of 49ers RB Frank Gore. San Francisco's game plan the first two weeks has been very conservative through three quarters before letting QB Shaun Hill open up the passing attack a bit and take advantage of eight-man fronts in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings' focus is to start strong after rallying from a pair of first-half deficits. The matchup between RB Adrian Peterson and LB Patrick Willis will be compelling as the 49ers are allowing just 53 rushing yards per game. QB Brett Favre has yet to throw an interception, but the Vikings have also asked very little of the passing game thus far.

FAST FACTS

  • Peterson's 272 rushing yards is a franchise record through two games (Robert Smith, 269, 1998).

  • Gore leads the NFC with 4,070 rushing yards since 2006.

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