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‘Outplayed’ on big stage, Vikings left searching for answers in loss


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It began with a spring speech, in which Mike Zimmer cautioned his players not to buy into the hype. His football team, coming off a 7-9 season, had much work to do.

The Vikings (0-1), an offseason ‘surprise’ pick by national media, laid an egg on the national stage as they were upended 20-3 by the San Francisco 49ers (1-0) on Monday night. An offense energized with the return of Adrian Peterson was stagnant and the same warts flared up for Zimmer’s defense to start Year 2 of his rebuild in Minnesota.

“Like I told the team afterward,”…

Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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