The San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings are relatively familiar with each other from already squaring off in Week 1 of the preseason.
The 49ers won a 17-6 matchup at Candlestick Park that saw first-team players play limited snaps on both sides of the ball. The Vikings were also without the services of All-World running back Adrian Peterson, who’s coming off an ACL tear suffered last Christmas Eve.
Peterson didn’t play against the 49ers in the preseason. Former Jim Harbaugh-coached running back Toby Gerhart racked up 31 yards on five carries, including a 16-yard gain.
Minnesota, however, now has Peterson back in action and looking very close to his old self. Peterson has 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns this season and could have an even greater workload this week according to Vikings coach Leslie Frazier.
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee shared Frazier’s comments on Peterson’s health improvements when the Vikings coach conducted a conference call with the Bay Area media.
“Frazier said he’s been checking in regularly with Peterson to gauge his soreness and overall condition after recent games,” Barrows wrote.
According to Frazier, Peterson feels much better at this point in the week than he did after the team’s first regular season game. The Vikings coach expects Peterson’s workload to increase against the 49ers.
ESPN.com’s Mike Sando released his MVP watch list with Alex Smith ranking at the No. 2 spot behind Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Sando: “Smith ranks second only to Ryan in success rate, defined as percentage of place meeting accepted benchmarks for success (gaining 45 percent of the necessary yards on first down, 60 percent of them on second down and 100 percent on third and fourth downs). Like Ryan, Smith has zero turnovers through two games. Despite taking seven sacks, Smith ranks second only to Ryan in QBR among quarterbacks with enough attempts to qualify. He’s at 81.9 out of 100 after finishing last season ranked 22nd at 45.8. (Fifty is average, suggesting the 49ers won largely for factors beyond QB production.)”
NFL.com offers the best Instagram photos from Week 2, including a great shot of Vernon Davis leaping over photographers in the end zone.
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