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2018 Season Minnesota Vikings Womens Hoodie , Week 1: our beloved Minnesota Vikings kick off their 2018 campaign this Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, in Minneapolis.This is the real deal, kids.We’re finally past all the preseason hype, and Mike Zimmer and Company finally get to put rubber to the road.With that, let’s take a look at this weeks opponent:The Kyle Shanahan-led San Francisco 49’ers.San Francisco made some late-season noise in 2017 after acquiring quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (no relation) from the New England Patriots.There has been a ton of talk over the offseason of the Niners challenging for a Wild-Card spot out of the NFC West.Coming off a 6-10 season, finishing dead last, that seems like a tall task, even with Jimmy G at the helm.The 49’ers on OffenseThe team was so impressed with Garoppolo that he was signed to a $137.5 million contract, including a $48.7 million signing bonus.And they wasted little time getting him some help, drafting Notre Dame Offensive Tackle Mike McGlinchey with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 draft.They also signed former Vikings Running Back Jerick McKinnon during the free-agency period and intended to plug him in as the feature back.In preseason, the team was impressed with McKinnon, but unfortunately he tore his ACL last week, ending his season before it even started.It sucks to see that happen to McKinnon.Injuries are a part of life in the NFL, and McKinnon seems to be taking the setback well, telling the Sacramento Bee:Here’s hoping that Jet makes a full recovery.The 49’ers haven’t been gun-shy about spending money on the offensive side of the ball.According to Spotrac Womens Customized Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , San Francisco is second in the NFL in cap allocation on the offense, committing a whopping $99 million.Yes, they signed Garoppolo and his contract is a big part of that, but the Vikings - who rank 14th at just under $78 million - signed a couple of guys named Cousins and Diggs to pretty hefty contracts, as well. What does the extra $21 million get them?Well, $4.45 million of it goes to fullback and Harvard-Alum Kyle Juszczyk.Juszczyk (ironically, pronounced YOOZ-CHECK), is the eleventh highest-paid player on the 49’ers roster.Keep that number in your head for a moment, $4.45 million.Now, think about this statistic:14 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown.That is Juszczyk’s career rushing total.Career!Who says going to Harvard doesn’t pay?Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in entering his fifth season in the league, part of the same draft class as Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles.He spent the first three and a half years as understudy to Tom Brady.At least one publication thinks Garoppolo is ready to take Brady’s place among the greats.The Sporting News’ Nicholas McGee states:Maybe it’s just me, but I’d like to see Garoppolo do it over a period of more than seven starts before crowning him the next Tom Brady.But throwing a football apparently isn’t the only “game” that ol’ Jimmy G has!He created a stir recently by taking *ahem* Actress Kiara Mia on a dinner date in Beverly Hills!No worries of Deflategate by the looks of things. (and, yes鈥?the link to her Twitter is most definitely NSFW)Sports Gossip website Terez Owens took a thinly-veiled shot at Garoppolo and Mia, while invoking the now-infamous Nike ad featuring former Niners QB Colin Kaepernick.It wouldn’t be right to end the Niners offensive wrap-up with a story like that, so I’ll leave it with this story instead:The 49’ers signed offensive lineman Zack Golditch to their practice squad late last week, after he spent training camp with the Los Angeles Chargers.Golditch is a 23 year-old undrafted rookie guard out of Colorado State University.Ordinarily www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com , this would hardly be newsworthy.But Golditch’s story is a little different - he is a survivor of the horrific 2012 Aurora theater shooting.Golditch was shot through the neck, just below his ear.Thankfully, it missed his spine and any major arteries.There are a few pretty good stories about what happened to him that night, if you’re willing to do a quick search of the interwebz.The 49’ers on DefenseWhile San Francisco spends money on offense like it grows on trees, the same can’t be said about the defense.Only six teams spend less than the $58.5 million the 49’ers will spend this season.By comparison, the Vikings will spend nearly $92 million on the defensive side of the ball this season, good for second-most in the league.This is due partly to the fact that the 49’ers have recently invested heavily through the draft on the defensive side of the ball, and many of their best defensive players are still playing under their rookie deals.One player who is definitely not playing on his rookie deal is veteran cornerback - and longtime Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman.Sherman was signed this offseason after rupturing his Achilles tendon in 2017.Sherman is part of the Players’ Association Executive Committee, and believes that another lockout is inevitable, when the current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2020 season.Sherman told Joe Stiglich of the Associated Press:Kyle Juszczyk gets paid four-plus million dollars, and the owners don’t like that?REALLY!?C’mon!Hard to believe.As to this weekend’s game, Niners Linebacker and all-around special person Reuben Foster won’t be suiting up for the game, due to being suspended by the league because of his arrest on drug and weapons charges.He apologized for the incident and promised never to do it again.At least we won’t have to see him do this:Or thisRidiculous Quote of the WeekWonder if he’d want to bet 14 and a half years worth of sandwiches on that? Mental mistakes, sloppy turnovers and too many penalties have turned the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles into a mediocre team.Carson Wentz and the rest of Philadelphia's offense again had trouble converting in the red zone and on third down, even after the defense gave them a perfect opportunity to take a lead.Now the Eagles (2-3) have lost two games in a row for the first time since 2016, which was the previous time they had a losing record."We have to take a hard look in the mirror Minnesota Vikings Womens T-Shirt ," Wentz said following a 23-21 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in a rematch of last season's NFC championship game. "Little mistakes are killing us. We're playing like a young, rookie team and we're not."Down 20-3 midway through the third quarter, the Eagles rallied to cut the deficit to 20-14. Then Nigel Bradham recovered a fumble at the Vikings 30 after Roc Thomas dropped a backward pass in the fourth quarter. But another illegal formation penalty followed and Wentz was called for intentional grounding. Coach Doug Pederson elected not to let Jake Elliott try a 58-yarder and the Eagles had to punt."I feel we're where we were two years ago," Wentz said. "I'm confident we'll fix it, but it's frustrating right now."Pederson tried to accept blame for the team's struggles."A lot of self-inflicted wounds. It starts with me. I have to self-examine," Pederson said. "I have to do a better job."Linval Joseph snatched Wentz's fumble out of the air and rumbled the distance to give the Vikings a 10-3 lead in the second quarter. Stephen Weatherly knocked the ball loose and Wentz couldn't recover to catch Joseph from behind after the strip-sack.Kirk Cousins tossed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Adam Thielen to extend the lead to 17-3 at halftime.The Eagles finally got going on the opening drive of the third quarter, but Eric Kendricks forced Jay Ajayi to fumble at the Vikings 5 and recovered it. Cousins connected deep with Thielen for 68 yards on the next play and the Vikings reached the Eagles 2 before settling for Dan Bailey's 22-yard field goal."I didn't do my job," Ajayi said. "There's no excuse for it."Many of his teammates had a share in the loss.The offensive line is struggling, receivers aren't making plays and the two turnovers were costly. Playing his third game since returning from a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee, Wentz still hasn't found a rhythm after finishing third in NFL MVP voting last season."It's really just beating ourselves," All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson said. "At the same time, we have to be accountable. It starts with me and goes right down the line."Three illegal formation penalties on the receivers were inexcusable."We can't have that," Pederson said.The Eagles haven't scored more than 23 points in the first five games. They were 2 for 9 on third down."We're just tired of hearing it every game," Wendell Smallwood said of the mistakes. "We have to stop doing it to ourselves. We're putting ourselves in bad situations and having to fight harder than we need to. We're just doing a lot of things we don't normally do that you don't see out of a championship team."
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