Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer has said his team may not be ready for prime time after their 20-3 loss against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Vikings only managed to score three points in a game where their star running back Adrian Peterson didn't show up, and the 49ers took advantage of this fact. He only ran for 31 yards after 10 attempts.
Zimmer said to the St. Paul Pioneer Press after the game: “Maybe we’re just not ready for prime time yet."
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The last time the Vikings were on prime time last October, when they lost 42-14 to the Green Bay Packers. There was a lot of hype surrounding this team entering this season, so many thought they would see improved performances.
Zimmer said: “They’ve basically been talking about us for 11 months, and maybe we thought we were a little bit better than what we were." An over-exaggeration perhaps, as it hasn't been for that long. More like just before the start of the summer.
This is the second time in the space of a month that the Head Coach has been unhappy with the performance of his team on the field.
Last month, the Head Coach ended one of the Vikings' practices 20 minutes early because he was unhappy with the standard of play being shown. According to EPSN, he said on that day that he didn't like anything from that practice.
Zimmer blamed the fact his team wasn't physical enough to get the win against the 49ers. He said: “San Francisco was much more physical. They played faster, they executed better, and like I told the team afterwards that the two years here and 17 ballgames I’ve been here, that did not look like the football team that I know.’’
For all the shortcomings the 49ers have had during the offseason, you wouldn't have expected them to come out of the game with a dash in the win column. The Vikings need to buckle up their ideas soon before they play against the Detroit Lions in week two, otherwise, the playoffs may as well be dismissed.
The NFC North is a tough division to play in, with all the teams capable of reaching the playoffs, and it won't be kind hearted to those that struggle.