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Mike Brown preferred Mallett to Dalton, too

By Mike Florio

The news that Bengals owner Mike Brown preferred Colin Kaepernick to Andy Dalton in round two of the 2011 draft (Dalton was taken one spot before Kaepernick) comes more than two years after word emerged that Brown preferred another quarterback to Dalton. Thanks to a reminder from a loyal reader, […]

Officials incorrectly enforce new red flag rule against Vikings

By Mike Florio

Two weeks ago, referee Bill Leavy’s crew committed multiple errors in the determination and enforcement of penalties after 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was mugged out of bounds by Packers linebacker Clay Matthews.

Today, Leavy and company made an another mistake that Leavy was forced to acknowledge after the game.

It happened in […]

Jim Schwartz: It'll be 'interesting' not seeing Antoine Winfield

by Andrew Krammer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — For the first time since 2008, the Detroit Lions will lineup against a Minnesota Vikings team without receiver Percy Harvin and cornerback Antoine Winfield, two playmakers vital to the Vikings’ 5-3 record over the Lions in that stretch.

In a conference call on Wednesday morning, Lions coach […]

P.J.R.: Ponder could be Gannon, Harrington ... or Tarvaris

Making comparisons with athletes past is a popular activity with both the sports media and fans. Following Sunday night’s exhibition loss in San Francisco, the topic in Minnesota remained Christian Ponder and what he will bring as the Vikings quarterback in his third season.

There was an e-mail after the game from a long-time Vikings […]

Peterson plays two snaps, Vikings drop third preseason game to 49ers

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — After a week of long practices as the Vikings tried to get their stagnant offense on a roll, there were considerable strides.

Christian Ponder threw a pair of touchdown passes while playing three quarters.

He connected on a 1-yard touchdown pass to Zach Line late in the first half for […]

What we learned Around The League

San Francisco 49ers 34, Minnesota Vikings 14


1. Christian Ponder provided the usual grab-bag of shaky pocket presence, poor decision-making and the inability to challenge defenses down the field mixed with just enough bright spots to keep faith alive in the Vikings‘ passing game. The quarterback desperately needs Adrian Peterson on the field to […]

Kaepernick, 49ers Defense Look Strong In 34-14 Win

(credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The familiar formula that carried San Francisco back to the Super Bowl last season for the first time in 18 years is on display again.

Colin Kaepernick marched the offense with six straight completions during a series that ended with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Quinton […]

Vikings wary of falling into read-option ‘trap’

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The NFL goes through fads, trends and strategies that coaches concoct or adopt from different levels of the game to gain an edge on the field.

Copycats ensue (see: the Wildcat) and in seemingly a blink, a quarter of the Minnesota Vikings regular season schedule includes teams that play this generation’s […]

Jaws has high praise for Colin Kaepernick

By Mike Florio

The teams (other than the Panthers) that selected quarterbacks in the first round of the 2011 draft already regret not taking Colin Kaepernick instead. Ron Jaworski of ESPN has given them reason to regret their decision even more. “Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever,” Jaworski said on ESPN. […]

Notebook: Rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes slowly adapting to NFL speed

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes watched February’s Super Bowl featuring the San Francisco 49ers, who he’ll lineup against for his most daunting test on Sunday.

That’s not on Rhodes mind, though, as he prepares for his second NFL game with a little more than two weeks before he’ll likely debut […]