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Film review: Defense fails to match 49ers’ size, speed in run game


After a five-game preseason, Monday night showed Mike Zimmer’s defense still wasn’t ready to handle a run-first offense like the San Francisco 49ers.

Carlos Hyde posted a career-high 168 yards as the 49ers combined for 230 rushing yards to hand the Vikings a 20-3 loss – the most rushing yards allowed in the NFL in Week 1 and the worst ground damage done to a Zimmer defense in more than five years (Jan. 3, 2010). The consistent running game allowed the 49ers to eat up clock and generate four drives of 10+ plays.

Even though the gashing began right away — with 54…

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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