Final: Minnesota 16, Kansas City 10
It was a beautiful Sunday in the Twin Cities as the Vikings ride some solid defense and timely offense to a six-point victory. The Minnesota “D” held the Chiefs to only 51 total yards in the first half and shut them out for the first three quarters. Of course, the stingy Viking defense was helped out by the ineptitude of the Kansas City offense which was really missing Jamaal Charles. KC compiled only 19 yards rushing in the first half and 57 for the game. The team was an overall 3/12 (25%) on third down and 0/2 on fourth down, mainly because they were in a number of long down and distance situations. If it weren’t for Alex Smith passing for 237 yards in the second half, this game would have been a laugher.
The Kansas City defense was very good, however. They withstood Teddy Bridgewater’s 143 passing yards in the first quarter and allowed just 106 for the rest of the game. Allen Bailey was a force in the middle of the line, and Marcus
Peters had himself a solid game on the outside. Those were the two biggest standouts from this game for the Chiefs.
On the opposite side, the Vikings didn’t look overly crisp for a majority of the game on offense. Bridgewater was able to step up in the pocket and make some nice throws, but he had to deal with a lot of pressure which lead to a couple of interceptions. Stefan Diggs had his second straight impressive performance. He caught seven balls for 129 yards and looked great running routes and creating separation. He appears to be the best receiver for Minnesota. They needed that on a day like this where Adrian Peterson was completely bottled up. 26 carries for 60 yards was all he could manage on the day. 15 of those carries were for two yards or less.
The Chiefs did have their opportunities to close the gap in this game. Late in the third quarter, Charcandrick West was stuffed on a fourth and inches deep in the red zone. After reviewing the play, it wasn’t so obvious that he was down and if he hadn’t been, he was able to make it into the end zone. However, the ruling on the field was that he was down by contact. Also, Kansas City had two chances to drive for the lead in the fourth quarter. One time, West fumbled the ball away (with 4:32 left) and the other time they failed on fourth down right at the two minute warning. Minnesota was then able to sit on the ball.
Some more bad news for the Chiefs: Jeremy Maclin left this game in the third quarter with a concussion. He may struggle getting back on the field next week when his team takes on the Steelers. The Vikings will hit the road and visit the Lions, a team that finally picked up their first win of the year on this same day. Minnesota has something in Stefan Diggs, and if Bridgewater can continue to improve we might be talking about this team come time for the post season.
- Stefan Diggs went off again for the Vikings, with seven catches for 129 yards
- The Kansas City offense was pathetic in the first half and looked like it really missed Jamaal Charles
- Jeremy Maclin left the game midway through the third quarter with a concussion
- The Chiefs were able to bottle Adrian Peterson up, holding him to 2.1 yards/carry and stuffing him for two yards or less on 15 of his 26 carries
- The Minnesota offensive line did not have a strong game, and they allowed the Chiefs to bully Bridgewater quite a bit
- Alex Smith threw for 237 yards in the second half and didn’t look too bad. He is not the problem with the Kansas City offense