Adrian Peterson took the field for the first and only time in preseason on Sunday night in San Francisco. The reigning league MVP took two snaps (both pass plays) that couldn't have taken him further away from the play. He then walked to the sideline and shook his head. The Vikings lost their third (and most important) preseason game 34-14 falling to 0-3 in the games that mean nothing.
As a side note, the Vikings first team offense (minus Peterson) played into the third quarter and continued to show the inconsistency it has all preseason long. Christian Ponder fumbled on third down in the first drive of the game, he also threw an interception which was not entirely his fault. But like getting into an automobile accident, even if the other guy caused it, you still get part of the blame because you were there. Ponder finished 17-for-23 with 116 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The running game was non-existent. Toby Gerhart carried seven times for 20 yards to lead the team. Not exactly a ringing endorsement if Peterson should find himself on the sideline at some point this season.
The first team defense played into the third quarter as well and gave up 20 points before calling it a day. Desmond Bishop led the team in tackles with nine and flashed for the first time in preseason as he continues to work his way back from a season ending injury a season ago. Bishop is battling with Marvin Mitchell for the starting linebacker spot.
Kevin Williams will have an MRI on his knee after he was injured in the third quarter.
Fullback Zach Line caught his second touchdown pass of the preseason and in the process improved his chances of making the team.
If the team only keeps five receivers, Joe Webb may have made up some ground on Stephen Burton. Webb caught a touchdown pass from Ponder in the third quarter while Burton cut off a route causing the Ponder interception.
The offensive line and specifically left tackle Matt Kalil was awful and continued his struggles in preseason.
Cornerback Marcus Sherels missed the game due to his fathers funeral.
The team will trim their roster to 70 on Tuesday.
The final preseason game is set for Thursday night at Mall of America Field against Tennessee.