49ers vs. Vikings: Minnesota's Biggest Winners and Losers from NFL Week 3

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49ers vs. Vikings: Minnesota's Biggest Winners and Losers from NFL Week 3
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In 2009, the NFL was unsure of the Minnesota Vikings going into Week 3. Uncertain of where they were at quarterback or wide receiver, many assumed the Vikings needed to rely on their strong run game to stay close to what many thought would be a very strong 49ers team, just coming off what analysts called strong wins.

Of course, Minnesota were seven-point favorites in that game and were undefeated. In 2012, the Vikings consistently ranked in the bottom of the league, and the 49ers were all but unanimous as the best team in the NFC.

In a win that may have done more for fan confidence than player confidence, the Vikings proved that they are here to compete, not just to develop.

That said, there were clearly some losers to go along with the obvious winners in the game. The team is young, and if they want to sustain this type of success, they'll need to correct their mistakes.

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