This was a hard-fought battle that took all of 60 minutes for the Vikings to prevail. They improved to 3-2 on the season after surviving the upset-minded Chiefs 16-10 Sunday at TCF Stadium.
Kansas City fought hard to avoid losing their fifth-straight game. The Vikings again are chasing the 6-0 Green Bay Packers.
Kansas City loaded the box on defense to contain Adrian Peterson. Many times they had six to nine players trying to contain Peterson. But the Vikings refuse to give up on the running game despite marginal success. They ran 35 times total Sunday for just 84 yards and an average of just 2.4 yards per carry. The Vikings were second in the NFL, averaging 136 yards per game.
Peterson was held to just 60 hard-fought yards on 23 carries in the game. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater threw for 249 yards and a touchdown and threw two interceptions.
The Vikings get few style points for the victory. They led 13-0 going into the fourth quarter, and the Chiefs cut the margin to just three points. Kicker Blair Walsh made three field goals in the win.
The Vikings defense was strong throughout, forcing turnovers and turning the Chiefs away. In the fourth quarter, on fourth and one at the seven yard line, the Chiefs were driving for a score and got stuffed and fumbled.
Vikings star defensive end Everson Griffen missed the game because of illness. The league will follow up with an investigation because he was not on any injury report during the week.
The Vikings, now 3-2, travel to Detroit next week. The next three games are at Detroit, at Chicago, and home to St. Louis.
The Vikings have won six straight games outside at TCF Stadium. Remember, this is the final season of Vikings football outside. U.S Bank Stadium is 75 percent completed and the Vikings begin play inside in 2016.
The Vikings’ 2015 season so far has been incomplete: solid at home and indifferent on the road. At 2-2, theVikings get to regroup and figure out how they can take their show on the road and break through.
The Vikings lost 20-3 at San Francisco on Monday Night Football September 14. The Vikings rebounded for back to back 26-16 and 31-14 victories over Detroit and San Diego at home. Sunday the Vikings had a chance to get a big first road win at Denver. The game was tight — in fact, it was tied 20-20 in the fourth quarter. The team with the better defense, Denver, won it.
The Broncos’ number-one-rated defense sacked Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater seven times and held Adrian Peterson in check, which is under 100 yards rushing. Peterson was held to 81 yards but did bust a 48-yard touchdown run that cut Denver’s lead to 20-17 in the fourth quarter. Peterson has 17 career touchdown runs of 40 yards or more. Only Hall of Famer Barry Sanders has more with 20.
The Broncos were able to run the football consistently with Ronnie Hillman (103 yards) and C.J. Anderson (43yards). The Broncos average 6.0 yards per carry against the Vikings, who intercepted Peyton Manning twice.
The Vikings are 2-2 and now chasing the 4-0 Green Bay Packers in the NFC North. After the bye week, theVikings play host to Kansas City and St. Louis at TCF Stadium with back-to-back road games in between at Detroit and Chicago.
The Vikings are close but have not been consistent offensively on the road; they need to fix that. Averaging 12 points a game on the road is not going to cut it, or chasing the Packers will be a big uphill problem. Peterson, however, looks like himself he has been explosive with 372 yards rushing in four games.
The early season blueprint to victory is Peterson rushing for 100-plus yards and the defense wrecking havoc at opposing quarterbacks. The Vikings have shown some signs that they can be agood football team. They are 2-0 when Peterson runs for 100-plus yards — 0-2 when he does not. The problem is they have to be able to take that show on the road and dictate to their opponents. With the bye week early in the season,they have time to regroup.
PHOENIX — From 1969 to 1977, the Minnesota Vikings played in four Super Bowls. In 1987 and1991, the Twins won two World Series Championships thanks to Hall-of-Famer Kirby Puckett. Lately, it’s the Minnesota Lynx showing the big boys how to get it done.
In the last five years, the Lynx have reached five Western Conference Finals. Sunday here inPhoenix, with the mercury at 101 degrees, they completed a two-game sweep of the WNBA Western Conference Finals, beating defending WNBA Champion Phoenix72-71 to reach the WNBA Finals for the fourth time.
Superstar Maya Moore scored a WNBA and career playoff high 40 points in the Lynx victory. The Lynx now wait for the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals, which is tied at 1-1 between New York and Indiana. If Indiana wins it, the Lynx will have the home-court advantage in the best-of-five WNBA Finals.
Head Coach Cheryl Reeve says the more this team plays the better they will get. The Lynx acquired center Sylvia Fowles during the season in a trade with Chicago and Atlanta.They also traded for reserve guard Anna Cruz from New York and guard Renee Montgomery from Seattle.
The foundation remains solid with Seimone Augustus, who had 14 points in game one; LindsayWhalen; Rebekkah Brunson, who pulled down 19 rebounds in the 67-60 game-one win over Phoenix; and of course Moore, the star of stars. Brunson is now the WNBA’s all-time playoff rebound leader.
This team’s consistency and excellence is a motivating example for all the other teams in town on what winning year after year is all about. They shook up their roster to add a different power dimension to their style. They are more inside-out now. And it’s working.
Augustus and Whalen have been troubled with injuries for big parts of the season. However, they are back now and playing great. The Lynx are a dynasty in pursuit of title number three in five years.