But first, I just want to touch on the point I made last night. In 2015, the 49ers faced the Minnesota Vikings to open the season. It was Jim Tomsula’s first game and the 49ers were somewhat of a question mark. What followed was some of the worst football I’ve ever witnessed, but the 49ers came out somewhat dominant in the end. Sure, they had issues, but it seemed like they could be a fun team to watch once they stopped looking sloppy.
The 49ers ended up going 5-11 and there was nothing fun about that season. Nothing. The Vikings, meanwhile managed to win the NFC North, achieve a playoff birth, and would have won their playoff game if not for Blair Walsh missing a last second 27-yard field goal (that ‘ole Seahawk luck came in at the right time).
Here’s the point: Both teams went in completely different directions. Now, the 2018 Vikings are not the 2015 Vikings and I tend to think the 49ers would have gotten punked pretty hard had that 2015 team played the 2018 Vikings. Despite the loss, the Vikings’ season didn’t end—and if the 49ers could beat them that night, you wouldn’t be wrong to think the Vikings weren’t winning anything that year.
The 49ers get the Lions, and this is a much better way to gauge how the team will play. The Vikings was good experience. Hopefully they can mimic the 2015 team and get themselves a playoff birth. Onto the links.
Erik Walden, Hau’oli Kikaha working out for 49ers (Pro Football Talk)