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Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings: First quarter recap and second quarter discussion

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It hasn’t been pretty so far

Denver Broncos v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

We are through one quarter of play at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Minnesota Vikings have looked absolutely awful, and as a result find themselves down to the Denver Broncos by a score of 10-0.

The Vikings won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, giving the Broncos the first crack at the football. The Broncos got a couple of big plays, most notably a 31-yard pass from Brandon Allen to Noah Fant to move the ball into Minnesota territory. Eventually, the Broncos had to settle for a 47-yard field goal from Brandon McManus, and they took a 3-0 lead early.

The Vikings went three-and-out on each of their first two drives, and the Broncos had a three-and-out on their second possession as well. On their third possession, the Broncos got another big pass from Allen, this one a 48-yard bomb to Courtland Sutton. Sutton got the Vikings again two plays later, as he drew a pass interference penalty on Xavier Rhodes to give the Broncos the ball at the Minnesota 3. On third-and-goal, Allen found tight end Troy Fumagalli for a three-yard touchdown, and just like that the good guys were down by a score of 10-0.

The Vikings actually picked up a first down on their third possession, but were forced to punt after Kirk Cousins was sacked by Von Miller. The Broncos started their next drive with some trickery, as Sutton took a pitch on an end-around and lofted a pass to tight end Tim Patrick for another huge gain, this one 38 yards to the Minnesota 31.

As we move to the second quarter of play, the Broncos are deep in Minnesota territory again, looking at a 3rd-and-2 from the Minnesota 8-yard line.

Pretty much a nightmare start for the Vikings, as they find themselves down 10-0 to the Denver Broncos after the first quarter of play, and the visitors are looking for more. Come on in and join us for the second quarter of play!