When the 49ers face the Vikings, they will be defending the end zone against one of the most powerful running backs in the league, Adrian Peterson. Even though he is returning from a season ending knee injury, Peterson is still a force to be reckoned with. When Peterson faces the 49ers, he will be facing the toughest run defense in the league.
Patrick Willis and Navarro Bowman are the first pair of inside linebackers to be named first team all pro from the same team since the merger. Aldon Smith is a hybrid defensive end that doubles as a linebacker and usually ends up wherever the play goes. But before Peterson even reaches these men, he will have to get through the very substantial Niner defensive line. Justin Smith, Isaac Sopoaga and Ray McDonald already have 14 tackles combined after two games.
And then there’s the secondary. If Peterson or anyone else can get past the D line and the linebackers, he will have to face one of the hardest hitting group of safeties and corners assembled by a team. They won’t just hit you either, they will take you down. Dashon Goldson, Tarell Brown, Chris Culliver, Donte Whitner, Carlos Rogers and Perrish Cox are like a swarm of killer wasps. If you dare enter their territory, you WILL feel it. Adrian Peterson, consider yourself warned. You can run, but you can’t hide from this Niner defense.