Greetings from Boardman, Ohio, site of the 49ers headquarters for the next five days.
We’re up early (East Coast time) to share the top headlines from the 49ers first loss of the season, a 24-13 defeat to the Minnesota Vikings. The loss was uncharacteristic for the 49ers in the Jim Harbaugh era. The team’s normal efficient, ball-control offense and hard-hitting defense did not perform for 60 minutes and it cost the team.
Bill Barnwell of Grantland.com writes that the Vikings “Out-Ninered the Niners.” As a result, All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman recorded a career-high 18 tackles against a run-heavy offensive attack.
Minnesota’s commitment to the run game was key, according to Barnwell, who added, “Fortunately for the Niners, they caught a lucky break in terms of scheduling. They’re assigned to play the Jets next week, a team that will likely be without star cornerback Darrelle Revis, who appears to have suffered a serious knee injury during his team’s win over the Dolphins on Sunday.”
Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News writes that the team will use the week in Ohio to regroup for a key Week 4 game in New York. Inman: “The 49ers will stew on this for five days in Youngstown, Ohio, before forging ahead to next Sunday’s game against the host New York Jets. A year ago, the 49ers spent their layover in Youngstown fresh from a comeback win at Cincinnati, then rallied for a bigger triumph at Philadelphia as part of an eight-game win streak.”
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee took a look at the 49ers uncharacteristic performance against the Vikings. Barrows: “One of Harbaugh’s most impressive feats last season was going 5-0 in games that started at 10 a.m. (PST), typically a rough scenario for west-coast teams. In their first early start this season, the 49ers allowed the Vikings to rack up 344 yards, more than the Packers’ and Lions’ notable offense were able to gain in Weeks 1 and 2.”
Barrows also offers game notes, including the 49ers offense unable to capitalize on big returns from Kyle Williams.
SI.com’s Peter King ranks the 49ers as the No. 3 team in the NFL in his latest power rankings.
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