Minnesota Vikings: Whose Stock Is Up After 1st NFL Preseason Game?

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Minnesota Vikings: Whose Stock Is Up After 1st NFL Preseason Game?
Vikings Christian Ballard and Fred Evans celebrate Evan's sack in Friday's game.

Far too much will be made of the first NFL preseason game, including by me. The 17-6 loss doesn't mean much, as it is preseason, but there are things that stood out in the Minnesota Vikings' first game against the San Francisco 49ers.

There were some key players sitting out due to coaches' decisions, so we will have to wait until next week's game against the Buffalo Bills to see what they can bring this year; those players were Kevin Williams, Jared Allen, Antoine Winfield and Percy Harvin. Rookie cornerback Josh Robinson also sat out with a hamstring injury.

Before we start with the positional analysis, there were a few things that happened in this game that are worth pointing out:

  • Starting defensive tackle Letroy Guion left the game with a right knee injury. He is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.
  • The first offensive series displayed a great pass connection between Christian Ponder and Stephen Burton. Had Burton not tripped over his own feet while making the catch, he might have scored a touchdown.
  • Offensively, the first two drives looked strong, but after that, the Vikings did very little to inspire confidence.
  • On the defensive side, the team struggled to do anything against the run. Lack of physicality was an issue.
  • 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick made the Vikings look foolish, with a 78-yard touchdown run right through the middle of the defense.

With that said, let's take a closer look at what we saw from each position in this matchup against Minnesota's regular-season Week 3 opponent.

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