San Francisco 49ers 15, Minnesota Vikings 10
The 49ers’ first-team offense took a step forward after driving 70 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown on their opening series…49ers linebacker Patrick Willis hammered Brett Favre…The 49ers running game struggled against Minnesota.
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre took four snaps and then called it a night…The Vikings offense continues to underwhelm…Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson had a strong performance in his first game back from a fractured femur.
NFL News and Notes
The New England Patriots acquired offensive tackle Quinn Ojinnaka from the Atlanta Falcons.
Buffalo Bills 2010 draft picks Marcus Easley and Danny Batten on injured reserve.
New York Jets Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold is close to a long-term contract extension.
Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post reviews the tape from the Miami Dolphins’ pre-season win over the Jaguars.
The Baltimore Ravens pass defense needs to improve before the regular season begins, writes Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun.
Pittsburgh Steelers fifth-round Stevenson Sylvester is forcing the coaches to make a tough decision.
Cleveland Browns quarterbacks Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace have eased the concerns the coaches’ concerns about the position.
Free agent safety Marvin White has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Indianapolis Colts fifth-round tight end Brody Eldridge has impressed his coach and quarterback with his pass-catching ability.
The Tennessee Titans can’t risk losing Chris Johnson by playing him in the pre-season, writes David Climer of The Tennessean.
Jacksonville Jaguars first-round defensive tackle Tyson Alualu is eager to get back on the field.
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak wants immediate improvement from his defense.
The Kansas City Chiefs coaches remain confident in cornerback Brandon Flowers, reports Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.
With both of their top two running backs sidelined, it’s no surprise that the Denver Broncos running game has struggled this pre-season.
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers’ legend grew a bit on Saturday night, writes Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Oakland Raiders seventh-round safety Stevie Brown has made a good impression during the pre-season.
Seattle Seahawks first-round offensive tackle Russell Okung will miss 2-4 weeks with a sprained ankle.
The Arizona Cardinals remember their Week 12 loss to the Titans in 2009.
With quarterback A.J. Feeley injuring his right thumb, St. Louis Rams first-round quarterback Sam Bradford may start on Thursday night.
Green Bay Packers center/guard Jason Spitz may be auditioning for other teams, writes Ton Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Saturday night’s struggles were evidence that the Chicago Bears offensive line is still a work in progress.
Detroit Lions running back DeDe Dorsey is pushing for a roster spot.
Dallas Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh will miss the remainder of the pre-season with a shoulder injury.
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will return to practice today, but won’t be wearing a helmet.
Philadelphia Eagles guard Todd Herremans practiced for the first time this summer on Sunday and will play on Friday night.
Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins shreds Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth.
Carolina Panthers third-round wide receiver Armanti Edwards is struggling with his position switch.
The Atlanta Falcons’ 7-man front was unable to stop the Patriots on third downs last Thursday night, reviews D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers left tackle Donald Penn is disappointed with his own play.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Adrian Arrington is making a case to be on the 53-man roster.
Today’s NFL birthdays: Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick (26), Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry (26), Ravens offensive tackle Tony Moll (27), Broncos wide receiver Britt Davis (24), Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman (30), free agent fullback Charles Ali (26), long-snapper Kevin Houser (33), punter Jeremy Kapinos (26), and linebackers Marc Magro (26) and Andy Schantz (24).