To get things underway at Everbank Field, the Jacksonville Jaguars won the coin toss and elected to defer to the second half, giving the Minnesota Vikings the first crack on offense. The kickoff from Jason Myers went through the end zone for a touchback, giving the Vikings the ball at their own 25. On the team's first third down opportunity, Sam Bradford made one of the Vikings' longest plays of the year, finding Kyle Rudolph for a big 44-yard gain into Jacksonville territory at the 31. From there, however, the offense couldn't muster much more, and they called on Kai Forbath for a 43-yard field goal attempt. Forbath split the uprights, and the Vikings were off to an early 3-0 lead.
Jacksonville went three-and-out on their first drive of the afternoon, courtesy of a sack of Blake Bortles on third down by Brian Robison. Brian Nortman punted the ball away, and with Adam Thielen on punt return duties, the Vikings got to start out in good field position at their own 41-yard line.
Bradford got things going again on the next drive, as he found Thielen for another big gain, this one a 41-yarder down to the Jacksonville 18-yard line, putting the Vikings into the red zone. Bradford then found Asiata on a gain to the 9-yard line, setting up a 4th-and-1. The Vikings lined up like they were going to go for it, but wound up taking a delay of game penalty, leading them to call on Forbath again. Once again he was good, this time from 32, and the Vikings increased their lead to 6-0.
It appeared that the Vikings had forced another three-and-out when Chad Greenway stopped T.J. Yeldon to give the Jaguars a 4th-and-1 at their own 34-yard line. However, Gus Bradley reached into his bag of tricks and pulled out a fake punt that gained nine yards for the home team. Fortunately for the Vikings, Everson Griffen sacked Bortles on the next play to squelch the momentum, and the Jaguars actually did let Nortman punt it away this time around. After a holding penalty on Jacksonville on the punt, Minnesota took over at their own 22-yard line.
Minnesota's offense did precisely nothing on their next possession, going three-and-out after gaining minimal yardage. Jeff Locke came on to punt the ball away, and Jacksonville got decent starting field position on their next possession at their own 39-yard line.
The Jaguars got a big play at the end of the quarter as Bortles found Ben Koyack for a 15-yard gain into Vikings' territory, and that's where the home team will be looking at 1st-and-10 as the second quarter begins.
Fifteen minutes of football in the books in Jacksonville, and the Minnesota Vikings lead the Jacksonville Jaguars by a score of 6-0. Come join us for quarter number two!