The Vikings started the half with the ball, and appeared to have a first down on a scramble by Kirk Cousins, but Cousins slid short of the sticks and the Vikings were forced to punt the ball away.
The Chiefs put together a very long drive on their next possession, starting at their own 9-yard line and pushing all the way to the Minnesota 5. However, the Vikings’ defense held strong in the goal-to-go situation, and the Chiefs were forced to settle for a 24-yard field goal from Harrison Butker to take the lead back, 10-7.
The teams then exchanged three-and-outs, and the Vikings took possession just after the two-minute warning. After an insanely bad offensive pass interference call on Laquon Treadwell that was, eventually, reversed, the Vikings found themselves looking at 4th-and-1 from the Kansas City 15, and elected to go for it. Cousins then found Irv Smith to move the sticks. The Vikings couldn’t get any closer, however, and they called on Dan Bailey once again. Bailey was good from 28, and the two teams went into the locker room tied at 10-10.
It hasn’t been a banner afternoon for Kirk Cousins, as he’s been pretty inaccurate for most of the afternoon. He has completed just 9-of-21 passes for 101 yards and the touchdown to Bisi Johnson in the first quarter. The leading receiver on the afternoon has been Laquon Treadwell, who has caught three passes for 56 yards so far in this one. Irv Smith has a pair of catches for 25 yards, and four other receivers have one reception each: C.J. Ham (5 yards), Stefon Diggs (4 yards), Bisi Johnson (4-yard touchdown), and Dalvin Cook (4 yards).
Cook hasn’t gotten a lot going on the ground so far, as he’s carried the ball 10 times but has managed just 36 yards. Cousins has a 5-yard scramble (where he slid short of the first down marker on third down), Ameer Abdullah has a 2-yard carry, and Alexander Mattison has carried once for no gain.
We’re halfway through this Week 9 contest at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Minnesota Vikings are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs, 10-10. Come on in and join us for the third quarter of play!