To start their Week 6 contest at TCF Bank Stadium, the Kansas City Chiefs won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, giving the Minnesota Vikings the first opportunity to go on offense. Cordarrelle Paterson only returned the kickoff to the Minnesota 14-yard line, putting the team in a bit of a hole to start things out. The Vikings got rookie Stefon Diggs, making his first NFL start, involved early with a 16-yard catch to convert a third down. Teddy Bridgewater then found the returning Jarius Wright for a huge 52-yard connection that put the Vikings at the Kansas City 9-yard line. Unfortunately, the Vikings went backwards on a couple of plays, and Bridgewater attempted to find Kyle Rudolph in the end zone on third-and-goal, but was intercepted by safety Ron Parker to put an end to the opening drive for Minnesota.
Kansas City took over on their own 5-yard line for their first possession. They did nothing with the ball, and should have been whistled for a safety when Ben Grubbs was called for holding in the end zone, but referee Jerome Boger said the hold occurred "in the field of play," which was completely inaccurate. So, Kansas City got to punt after a three-and-out and Minnesota took back over again at their own 46-yard line. Bridgewater found Diggs for a 31-yard completion into Kansas City territory to the 23-yard line. The Bridgewater-Diggs connection got the Vikings down to the 10 on a 13-yard hook-up, but the drive stalled out inside the 10, and the Vikings were forced to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Blair Walsh. Walsh knocked it through, and the Vikings took the first lead of the afternoon at 3-0.
Kansas City started their next drive at their own 20 after a touchback by Walsh, and it appeared they were going to have the Chiefs backed up again after a holding penalty, but a roughing the passer call on Sharrif Floyd gave the Chiefs new life, as they pushed the ball to midfield. However, a sack by Eric Kendricks forced a punt by the Chiefs, and Minnesota got the ball back at their own 19-yard line.
As we move to the second quarter of play, the Vikings have the football, looking at 2nd-and-15 from their own 36-yard line after another completion to Diggs. In the first quarter, he has four catches for 81 yards.
After one quarter in Minneapolis, the Vikings lead the Chiefs by a score of 3-0. Come join us for the second quarter of action, folks!