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San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings: Second Quarter Open Thread

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To start out their second home game of the year, the Minnesota Vikings lost the coin toss to the San Diego Chargers. San Diego chose to defer to the second half, so the Vikings started out with the football. They pushed close to midfield on their first drive, but stalled out and were forced to punt. A nice punt by Jeff Locke and a penalty on the Chargers forced San Diego to start their opening drive from their own 6-yard line. That didn't go well for them, as two short runs and a short completion equaled a three-and-out for the Bolts.

Minnesota's next drive started at their own 32 after a decent return by Marcus Sherels, and they quickly got to midfield following a run by Adrian Peterson and a completion to Mike Wallace. Peterson then blasted a 21-yard run down to the San Diego 24, and the Vikings were in scoring range. Teddy Bridgewater had Kyle Rudolph open in the end zone, but the ball went right through his hands on what should have been an easy catch. The drop proved costly, as on the next play Bridgewater attempted to hit Charles Johnson on a fade route to the end zone, but his pass was intercepted by Chargers' cornerback Steve Williams in the end zone for a touchback.

On the Chargers' second drive, they also quickly got to midfield thanks to a couple of plays by Danny Woodhead, a 5-yard carry followed by a 22-yard reception. The Chargers did push into Vikings' territory, but the Minnesota defense held steady on 3rd-and-2 to stop the drive. The punt my Mike Scifres was downed at the Minnesota 7, leaving the Vikings with a long field for their next drive.

It looked like the Vikings' might end up with a three-and-out on their next drive, but Bridgewater went deep for Johnson again and got a big pass interference penalty on Williams that pushed the ball out to near midfield. However, the Vikings could not do any more with it, and were forced to punt again. A short punt my Jeff Locke was fair caught at the San Diego 20, and that's where the Chargers started their next drive.

The Vikings suffered two notable injuries on that drive. Johnson, after the pass interference penalty, was taken off on a cart. The word is that he is questionable to return with a rib injury. On the punt, Justin Trattou suffered some sort of an injury to his left leg, and was having trouble putting weight on it as he went to the Minnesota sideline.

On the next San Diego drive, the Vikings pushed the Chargers to third down, and on the third down play Anthony Barr came crashing through and knocked the ball out of Rivers' hand for a fumble. Captain Munnerlyn jumped on the ball at the San Diego 13, and the Vikings were in business inside the San Diego red zone. A couple of carries by Peterson picked up seven yards, but Bridgewater missed Rudolph on third down and the Vikings were forced to settle for a field goal. Blair Walsh came in and knocked it home from 24 yards out, and the Vikings took a 3-0 lead.

As we move to the second quarter of play, the Chargers are looking at a 2nd-and-8 from their own 45-yard line after a pass from Rivers to Keenan Allen. The Vikings are up 3-0 after fifteen minutes of football. Come on in and join us for the second quarter!