Aug 16, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Vikings 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings vs. 49ers: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Time and Predictions


 

Aug 16, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) runs after a catch against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers are both looking to get back to playoffs and made plenty of moves in the offseason to further that effort.

The two teams will meet in Week 3 of the preseason in a game that usually features starters fro most of the contest. Here’s what to watch for when the two do battle.

 

Where: Candlestick Park

When:  August 25, 2013,  8:00 PM ET

Watch: Local

Live Stream: NFL Preseason Live

 

Vikings Player to Watch: Greg Jennings 

Aug 16, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) and Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Vikings 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Week 3 will mark the first time we see the most out of former Green Bay Packers receiver Greg Jennings with the Vikings. Christian Ponder needed a threat like Jennings to take a step up from his performance in 2012, so now would be a good time to prove himself.

Fans know what Jennings can do, but not with a quarterback like Ponder.

 

49ers Player to Watch: LaMichael James

Aug 8, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore (21) speaks with running back LaMichael James (23) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Gore is going to need some help in the backfield next season, especially after carrying the load for eight years. At some point the tires will begin to falter.

LaMichael James is an intriguing name to watch as he figures to be the main spell behind Gore. James is electric in open space, but the coaching staff has let to give him his shot.

 

Matchup to Watch: 49ers Run Defense vs. Adrian Peterson 

Any time Adrian Peterson is on the field the opposing defense is going to have some issues. Of course, the 49ers had one of the best overall defense in the NFL last season, so this is a fun matchup to watch.

Either way both units will be fine going into the regular season, so just kick back and enjoy the show.

 

Prediction

Aug 16, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback B.J. Daniels (5) escapes the grasp of Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Anthony Torbio (98) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. San Francisco won the game 15-13. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The 49ers are almost unfairly deep at most positions. That matters less in Week 3 when teams play their starters, but the 49ers also happen to be the better team across the board. San Francisco should not have any issues.

 

Vikings 10, 49ers 27

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  • Jack D

    “Across the board”? Really? I was kinda thinking that the league MVP might give Mn a teeny advantage in the run game. Or maybe quite a lot.

    Did we already forget which team won – handily – when these two teams met in the *regular* season last year?? Hint: They don’t wear red and gold.

    • Jack D

      49ers fans: no disrespect intended towards my 2nd favorite team or their fans :)

    • James Weiss

      I just read the re-cap of that game and Ponder was the difference maker believe it or not. It’s just not fashionable for sports writers to give the Vikings a fair assessment. Not sure why because the facts are the facts. They split with the Packers and Bears. Doubled up on the Lions and beat the 49ers and Texans and went to the play-offs. This year they got 3 1st rd. picks that could be starters. “O” line returns healthy, “D” line improved and the back side solid. Oh, and MVP isn’t coming back from reconstructive knee surgery like he was last year at this time.

      • Jack D

        Exactly – well put. Many who follow the Vikings would tell you the vikings have improved in the offfseason. 3 first round draft picks certainly isn’t a bad thing? All will likely start.

        I’m on my to Candlestick now to see how it looks live vs. on- paper :)

        I don’t honestly expect the Vikings starters to out-play SF. BUT – I expect they’ll be competitive. I fully expect SF to return to the superbowl, in fact.