Vikings vs. Chiefs Game Observations

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings were minus a turnover and trailed by seven points before the CBS broadcast was able to introduce Minnesota’s starting offense.

On the first snap of the game, Kirk Cousins completed a pass to Josh Oliver who shed a tackle and began rumbling, but at the end of the 16-yard gain, Justin Reid forced a fumble that Bryan Cook recovered at the Minnesota 45-yard line.

The Vikings again lost the football, and an opponent again capitalized quickly.

Kansas City blended runs by Isiah Pacheco and a couple of short passes by Patrick Mahomes on a nine-play drive that lasted 4:50.

The touchdown provided the eventual final margin in a 27-20 win by the Chiefs (4-1), who managed to put a double whammy on the Vikings (1-4) by losing the season opener at home to the Lions and outlasting Minnesota Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Vikings played uphill and built a 13-10 lead before halftime, but Kansas City tied the game at the break and controlled the third quarter before holding off a rally attempt by the Vikings.

Cousins tried to lead the Vikings to a tying drive, but he was sacked by Mike Danna on a play that snapped at the Chiefs 38-yard line to end the game.

The Vikings were without Justin Jefferson for most of the fourth quarter. He left the game with a hamstring injury.

T.J. Hockenson also was sidelined briefly during the comeback attempt.


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