It wasn't always pretty, but the Minnesota Vikings did what they needed to do on Sunday. . .they took care of business against a team they should take care of business against.
Despite their best efforts to give it away at the end, the Vikings held on for a 16-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Vikings got on the board first with a 24-yard field goal by Blair Walsh midway through the first quarter to make the score 3-0. Minnesota had threatened on their opening drive, but Teddy Bridgewater was intercepted in the end zone by Kansas City safety Ron Parker to snuff out the drive. Minnesota's first touchdown came midway through the second quarter, as Bridgewater found Kyle Rudolph (who he was going for on the play he was intercepted) for a 4-yard touchdown strike to give the Vikings a 10-0 lead.
The Vikings got another field goal from Walsh, a 45-yarder, to make the score 13-0. On the ensuing drive, the Chiefs got their deepest push into Minnesota territory, getting the ball all the way down to the 6-yard line. The Chiefs wound up with a fourth-and-inches, and Andy Reid elected to roll the dice and go for it. Sharrif Floyd had other ideas, however, as he blew through the Kansas City front and took down running back Charcandrick West two yards deep in the backfield to end the threat.
Kansas City did get on the board early in the fourth quarter, as Cairo Santos notched a 48-yard field goal to cut the Minnesota lead to 13-3. Following Bridgewater's second interception of the afternoon, the Chiefs marched down the field again, and they converted in a big way on a third down. Alex Smith found receiver Albert Wilson on a screen on the left side, and courtesy of some beautiful blocking by the Kansas City offense, Wilson took the ball all the way to the end zone for a 42-yard score. Santos hit the extra point, and suddenly a game that looked totally in Minnesota's favor was just a three-point game at 13-10.
The Vikings added a field goal on their next drive, as Walsh came in and connected from 45 yards out to put the Vikings' lead back to six at 16-10. Kansas City got a big pass from Alex Smith to Travis Kelce on their next possession to get into Vikings' territory on the first play of the ensuing drive, but then West was stripped by rookie Danielle Hunter for a fumble. Brian Robison fell on it, and the Vikings dodged a major bullet as they took over near midfield.Kansas City got one more shot at it after a Minnesota punt, but the Vikings forced a turnover on downs. Anthony Barr got called for a taunting penalty, which put a scare into Vikings fans everywhere, but the Vikings kept the ball after the taunting penalty and were able to run out the clock from there.
Adrian Peterson did not have a great afternoon for the Vikings, as he had just 60 yards on 23 carries, with a big percentage of that coming on one 23-yard run in the third quarter. Bridgewater played much better in the first half than he did in the second, as he wound up completing 17-of-31 passes for 249 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions. The big story for the Vikings was rookie receiver Stefon Diggs, who led the way for the Vikings with seven grabs for 129 yards in his first NFL start.
For the Chiefs, Smith wound up playing a pretty solid game, completing 22-of-37 for 282 yards and a touchdown. Kansas City didn't do much on the ground on Sunday, as Knile Davis and Charcandrick West combined for just 46 yards on 14 carries. Tight end Travis Kelce led the way for the Chiefs in receiving, snagging five catches for 88 yards.
Minnesota played this game without defensive end Everson Griffen, who was a surprise deactivation prior to kickoff. Griffen was reportedly suffering from an illness that simply took too much out of him to be able to go on Sunday afternoon. Hunter and Scott Crichton played pretty solid games in his place, mitigating the loss.
The Vikings move their record to 3-2 on the season, and will travel to Detroit next week to take on a Lions team that they've already defeated once this season. The Chiefs drop their fifth straight to fall to 1-5, and will host the Pittsburgh Steelers next week.
The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday afternoon by a final score of 16-10 at TCF Bank Stadium. Thanks to everybody that got their coverage of this week's game from us here at The Daily Norseman!