Vikings and 49ers: Studs and Duds

Studs

Kendrick Bourne

Bourne only had 3 catches for 40 yards but that doesn’t tell the full story. The impact Bourne had on the game went before the 3 catches. Bourne caught the only touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo and both his other catches were of the circus variety that led to first downs. Watching the game, Bourne stood out amongst the wide receivers.

Tevin Coleman

Coleman was a man amongst boys tonight. He looked so quick when hitting the hole and was decisive in his runs. Minnesota has a really good run defense but they could not stop Coleman. Coleman finished the game 22 carries for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns. I’m not sure how many people saw Coleman having a strong game like this, but he shined.

Eric Kendricks

Kendricks was a lone bright spot in a dark afternoon for the Minnesota Vikings. Kendricks finished the game with 8 total tackles (6 solo) with 2 pass deflections and 1 interception. Kendricks helped keep George Kittle quiet and was a force for the defense.

Raheem Mostert

Mostert was another guy that ran really well against the Minnesota defense today. However, he was also huge on special teams. Mostert plays gunner and was able to corral a muffed punt that set up the 49ers inside the Red Zone. Mostert finished the game 12 carries for 58 yards and a huge fumble recovery that broke the spirit of the Vikings.

Nick Bosa/49ers Defensive Line

Nick Bosa is an absolute star and demonstrated that with 2 sacks, 1 pass deflection and 6 solo tackles. This defensive line absolutely wreaked havoc on the Vikings offensive line. Solomon Thomas, Deforest Buckner, Dee Ford, and Arik Armstead all registered a sack in this game. Whoever faces this team next week, will need to find a way to slow these guys down.

Duds

Dalvin Cook

Cook was the hero last week in New Orleans but was not able to get anything going this week. Cook rushed 9 times for 18 yards and caught 6 balls for 8 yards. This goes to show that the 49ers defensive line was all over Cook whenever he touched the ball. A lot of blame has to go to the offensive line.

Kirk Cousins

Cousins turned out to be exactly who we thought he was. He was unable to get anything going. Now it’s not all on him, but as a quarterback, the blame will fall on him. Cousins finished the game 21 of 29 for 172 1 touchdown and 1 interception. That won’t cut it as a playoff underdog on the road.

Ahkello Witherspoon

There isn’t much that I could look at where I thought there was an issue with the Niners. However, Witherspoon was a weak link in the defensive backfield and towards the end of the game, he wasn’t on the field. He was responsible for a PI early in the game and gave up the long touchdown pass to Diggs.

Michael Thomas

Now you might be wondering why I have a New Orleans Saint on the list of duds. Well, Thomas couldn’t help himself when he saw the Vikings getting blown out and went to twitter to voice his pleasure in this one-sided game. Thomas started out the tweet with “I Like That” and then it went on from there.

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