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Good morning! The San Francisco 49ers have been in meetings this week, preparing for their Week 1 contest against the Minnesota Vikings. We have the first depth chart of the regular season. It is mostly just for some basic informational purposes, but it gives us a starting point as we consider the team's lineup for Monday.
Thursday brings the first formal practice of the week. The 49ers will hold practices Thursday, Friday and Saturday, leading up to Monday Night Football. That means we get practice participation reports the next three days, capped with the Saturday final injury report.
I've actually trekked west for the Monday Night Football opener. It will be my first game back at Levi's Stadium since the Seahawks Thanksgiving win last year. I was there for that game, and the preceding Sunday's win over Washington, so at least I got the split out of that. I'm exciting to see what this season brings, so we'll see if I get to witness the start of something special, or the start of a train wreck. Just don't be boring!
On to the links! And don't forget to submit your predictions for the Week 1 prediction contest.
San Francisco 49ers Release Depth Chart for Week 1 vs. Minnesota Vikings (49ers.com)
49ers depth chart doesn't reveal all mysteries (Inman)
49ers’ first depth chart leaves wiggle room at key spots (Barrows)
49ers list Hayne ahead of Davis on depth chart (Maiocco)
Week 1 vs. Vikings
5 Minnesota Vikings to Know before 49ers Regular Season Opener (49ers.com)
Why 49ers’ Defense Will Rattle Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (NinerFans.com)
49ers.com Picks: Week 1 Predictions (49ers.com)
The Microsoft engine that predicts NFL games is back — here are its picks for Week 1 (Yahoo! Finance)
1-on-1: Safety Antoine Bethea
Meet the Niners: Best Thing I Can Cook
Meet the Niners: My First Job
Gold Rush off the Field: Nina
Season 2 Trailer for 'The Faithful'
Behind the Scenes: 49ers Studios on Alcatraz
Niner Talk: Expectations for Carlos Hyde in 2015
Jim Tomsula Reflects on Path to 49ers Coaching Job
2015 NFL predictions: Rodgers vs Brady in Super Bowl 50 (Maiocco)
NFL Preview Week: Make-or-break players for the 2015 season (Yahoo! Shutdown Corner)
49ers Mailbag: Thoughts on the Defensive Line, Vernon Davis and Gameday Traditions (49ers.com)
San Francisco 49ers announce jersey number changes (Gutierrez)
Steve Young, Jim Plunkett launch countdown to Super Bowl 50 (SF Chronicle
Will 49ers' Kaepernick Suffer Same Fate as RGIII? (49erswebzone.com)