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Running Back Showdown... Sort of.

Posted on: September 23, 2009 9:31 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2009 12:49 am
 

The Viking Ship - Week 3: Time for a Challenge?

By: Christopher Torola


Sure we have only seen 2 games, and Adrian Peterson looked human against the Lions, sorta... but the Vikings won the game and he is still on pace for what I am determined to call his historic 2,000 yard season. That being said, the 49ers have given up the 3rd fewest yards this season. Of course, neither of the Seahawks or the Cardinals have a back the caliber of Adrian Peterson... see Julius Jones and Tim Hightower.

Some things to watch this week.

- Frank Gore against the Vikings run defense. The Vikings have been a top defense when it comes to stopping the run for the past few years. Last week the Lions ran for a combined 129 yards, although a single rusher has not ran for over 100 yards since 2007. Last week Frank Gore ran for a ridiculous 207 yards. If the Vikings can hold down Frank Gore they should dominate this game, and they will most likely concentrate on stopping the run, making Shaun Hill, Vernon Davis, and Isaac Bruce step up to win the game.

- The Vikings Red-Zone offense vs. the Vikings coaching staff. I guess I shouldn't argue with the recent success, but when it is 1st and goal on the 5, just hand the ball off to Adrian Peterson until the refs signal touchdown. I am not a fan of watching the Vikings best player come out for a breather at the stripe while Chester Taylor attempts to finesse his way in or Favre tries to complete a bunch of 3 yard passes.

- Adrian Peterson vs. Patrick Willis. Willis is the reason that the 49ers are averaging about 50 yards a game given up on the ground, and he will be focusing his attention on Peterson this weekend. If I were a betting man, my money would be on Peterson. The Vikings are at home and will establish the run.

- The turnover battle. The 49ers have 3 interceptions and 3 force fumbles in just 2 games. Favre has yet to throw a pick as a Viking, but old habits die hard. All Day's biggest problem in his young career has been a case of fumbleitis. If the Vikings aren't careful, they could give San Francisco a few short fields to work with.

All things considered, I see the Vikings remaining undefeated, but I will admit that I am bias and will most likely not be predicting a Viking loss until they already have one under the belt on the season.

Comments

Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2009 8:17 pm
 

Brett Farve Brett Fave Brett Farve

That was a good game Niners again proved that they could beat a team that could possibly be pretty good this year. But came up a lil short at the end. We did contain ADP to the best of our abilities over 80+ yds no TDs. But the old man still got it that was a good catch in the in zone by Greg Lewis. Niners did a very good job but just not good enuff for Brett and the Viks..



Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2009 12:36 pm
 

Running Back Showdown... Sort of.

They are not saying that Frank Gore is compared to BS, Frank just did something that BS did. It wasnt a fluke it goes to show how our Offensive line and the help of the WRs are improving in blocking for our RB. Would you call it a fluke if you RB did the same thing?? Maybe a hater would. No one yet could be compared to BS in my eyes in the leauge right now.. If you are a true football fan it dont have to just be your team/player with high praise, enjoy and appreciate what all teams/players are doing in the leauge what Gore and BS did no one else have done it so dont hate or have a negative comment even tho its a free country and we have a right to a voice but just have respect for everyone in the leauge but thats only if you are a true nfl fan by the comment and not thinking first proves otherwise but who am I to make that call.. Would you call what BS did a fluke??



Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2009 12:23 pm
 

Running Back Showdown... Sort of.

Don't under estimate now I know the niners may not have the best running game or the best passing game but we have heart this year we have the motivation the will to win with singletary. This is going to be a statement game for us if we could stop the running of ADP and continue with the D of our Secondary then we shouldnt have a problem. I predict a last qtr win for the Niners 21-14.



Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2009 12:13 pm
 

Running Back Showdown... Sort of.

You have a point. Frank Gore just isn't as good as ADP I mean ADP is amazing if you ask me. Frank Gore just dont have the same qualities as ADP but Frank Gore did something that ADP didnt if ADP had good of blocks like the Niners gave Gore he wouldve been capible of being in the record books with BS and FG. The point Im trying to make is Gore had some good blocks and didnt have to go thru breaking tackles ADP had to break a few tackles and only broke 1 back they didnt allow ADP to break to many more after that with good blocks skys the limit you could be in the books. I feel he is not getting too much credit its just that he did something only one other person did whether he missed tackles or had good blocks he did it and that's that.



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2009 10:08 am
 

Running Back Showdown... Sort of.























I agree SFNiner, it was an amazing week for Gore, but the point I was trying to make is that he is getting too much credit for it. It was his blocking that made it happen. Put another back in Gores place and if they burst through the same holes, they probably score the long TDs. Now look at Adrian Peterson's week 1 long TD against the Browns. He runs through an arm tackle, and then still has two guys to beat. He physically throws one guy down and cuts around the other guy, but still has the speed to turn it back on and outrun his pursuit. Another running back likely doesn't score there.



Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2009 3:13 am
 

Running Back Showdown... Sort of.

It really dont matter if he didnt make 5 guys miss what all offensive lines and the wr job is to do is create good blocks for the open lines thats the object who want to go thru missing blocks when you could have an open line for 75 plus yds?? Its hard to do that in the nfl this is not madden this is real life.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2009 10:33 pm
 

Running Back Showdown... Sort of.

The name Frank Gore and Barry Sanders shold never be put in the same sentence. What Gore did was what you call a fluke, he is a good RB but  not even close to what Barry was.  



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2009 6:21 pm
 

Running Back Showdown... Sort of.

Its an odd stat. I think that comparison may have more to do with luck and timing then skill. The think i like about Peterson is his ability to turn a no gainer into a 5-6 yard gain. Both of those runs by Gore were results of poor defense and good blocking. It wasn't like he made 5 guys miss on each run.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2009 3:38 pm
 

Running Back Showdown... Sort of.

I am a fan of Frank Gore, but where did you read he and Barry Sanders are the only two RB's to have 2 td runs over 75 yrds in a game?



Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2009 12:50 am
 

Running Back Showdown... Sort of.

Thanks for the excellent contribution Straighttalk.


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