Vikings hold off Chiefs in fourth quarter

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There were moments in Sunday’s Vikings-Chiefs game when it felt like the Vikings should be running away with the game, but they went away as the second half unfolded and thoughts shifted to whether or not they were going to let the game get away altogether.

After a dreadful first half, the Chiefs offense was able to make some plays through the air and close the Minnesota lead to 13-10 in the fourth quarter. A 30-yard pass to Stefon Diggs set up Blair Walsh’s third field goal of the game, though, and Danielle Hunter forced a Charcandrick West fumble a bit later to help ensure the Vikings left as 16-10 winners in Week Five.

Hunter, starting in place of the sick Everson Griffen, and Diggs, who had seven catches for 129 yards overall, were joined by linebacker Eric Kendricks as rookies making key plays for the Vikings. Kendricks had a sack for the second straight week to help the Vikings defense keep the Vikings’ own offensive stumbles from costing them a win.

Teddy Bridgewater threw a pair of interceptions and didn’t have much success throwing the ball to anyone other than Diggs over the course of the afternoon. Some of that was thanks to drops by his receivers and there wasn’t much support from the running game either. Adrian Peterson ran 26 times for 60 yards and ended the game on the sideline getting his finger checked out by trainers.

They wound up being outgained 328-321, which obviously didn’t translate to the scoreboard but it was a day where the lack of production kept a game in doubt longer than it should have been. Teams with more weapons than the Chiefs will take advantage of that if the Vikings keep giving them chances.

78 responses to “Vikings hold off Chiefs in fourth quarter

  1. Kind of disappointed that the offense refused to do anything in the 2nd half,on another note the defense looked amazing again.

  2. Best young defense in the NFL and it’s not even close!

    Not saying they are the new Seahawks… but they are the new Seahawks.

  3. Norv needs to get his head out of his butt when this team gets up. Becomes way too conservative and predictable when up less than two scores. Letting teams hang around will come back to bite them if it continues.

  4. AP with some awesome 2.3 YPC there.

    I was told numerous times that AP would “run angry” and records would fall this year…

    I’ll have you note – a certain other back in the NFC put up 4.6 YPC against the same Chiefs earlier this year.

  5. We were told by a fan of the slime and pee that after today the Vikings would be trailing the Bears in the NFC North.

    The Vikings are 3 – 2.

    Meanwhile, da Bears are 2 – 4.

    The Bears shouldn’t have even been able to take the game into OT, except for another blown call that was…. UNRVIEWABLE!!!

  6. I was assured that the Vikings were going to absolutely destroy the Chiefs.

    Though it appears as though they barely won.

    Without JaMaal Charles.

    Man, that’s some defense that’s not even close to as good the Packers.

  7. I believe there were almost a half dozen drops that could and should have been completions.

    Okay, cue up the Packer fanboys and their ‘hands are too small’ and ‘Teddy check-down’ drivel.

  8. Offense failed to capitalize on the great field position in the first half as well as the fumble. The Vikings should’ve blown the Chiefs out but ended up with a close game.

    Frustrating to watch, but a win is a win.

  9. teal379 says:
    Oct 18, 2015 4:58 PM
    AP with some awesome 2.3 YPC there.

    I was told numerous times that AP would “run angry” and records would fall this year…

    I’ll have you note – a certain other back in the NFC put up 4.6 YPC against the same Chiefs earlier this year.

    yep, lacy. with the refs extending drives again

  10. Pack fan here. I saw this as a 70-30 chance for a Vikes win. With how it ended I’d say my odds were pretty close. The next two games are where it matters. Two divisional games against teams that, despite records, play both the Pack and the Vikes hard. I see the Vikes falling to one of those teams. Teddy is looking ok, and you guys may have found a QB into the future. Diggs is looking good, but not much film yet so we will see. Overall the defense is good, but not the best in the league, so next Seahawks guy sit down man. The Vikes achilles heel is the offense. It is not elite.liking that you guys are becoming contenders again. It is still the Packs division though this year.

    Enjoy the upswing. No sarcasm.

  11. For those of you who didnt watch the game, the Refs Literally cost the Chiefs a Touchdown. They blew a play dead on a 4th down run when West’s knee never touched the ground and he ended up in the end zone. So Yeah we got screwed there. The Chiefs are not a good team though. The offense is a joke and we have Andy Reid calling the plays and Below Average and Overpaid Alex Smith not making passes as our qb. As long as Reid and Smith are running the show, we will not be very good and not a playoff team. Thanks a Bunch Andy and Alex. I guess we can get the #1 pick again. Can we just redraft Eric Fisher #1 overall again? SUCKS

  12. AP with some awesome 2.3 YPC there.

    I was told numerous times that AP would “run angry” and records would fall this year…

    I’ll have you note – a certain other back in the NFC put up 4.6 YPC against the same Chiefs earlier this year.

    Peterson is on pace for 1382 yards this year, which would rank 5th all time in Green Bay Packer history.

    He would also hold the #1 spot, the #3, the #5, #6, #7, #10 and #11 spot. So there’s that for reference of how “bad” he’s doing.

  13. It will be a travesty if Jamal Charles doesnt earn more than Alex Smith, i dont care if he is a QB, or Charles will be coming back from an ACL injury. On another note when are the Packers playing the Queens? Well with Teddy playing like he just discovered a football, we all know the outcome.

  14. Peterson is not a running back you hand the ball to and let him run. He is a power runner who likes to hit the line 100 mph. They need to use him that way.

    Teddy looks like a QB in his 2nd year. Or as Packer trolls tell time, the 2nd year Rogers was sitting on a bench learning from one of the greats…

  15. “Teams with more weapons than the Chiefs will take advantage of that if the Vikings keep giving them chances.”

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    Any team with an actual QB could beat the Vikes. None in KC.

  16. skolvikes says:
    Oct 18, 2015 5:43 PM

    Peterson is on pace for 1382 yards this year, which would rank 5th all time in Green Bay Packer history.

    He would also hold the #1 spot, the #3, the #5, #6, #7, #10 and #11 spot. So there’s that for reference of how “bad” he’s doing.
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    And Teddy Turnover is on pace for a whopping 9.6 TDs (vs 12.8 INTs). That is, if he can manage to play all 16 games.

    I haven’t gone back through all the past statistics, but I’m pretty sure that would rank last all time in Green Bay Packer history for starting QBs. Well, at least since the forward pass was made legal. Bridgewater might have some of those 1920’s QBs beat there.

  17. Oh, and it helps that the Vikings’ only touchdown was extended by a bogus roughing the passer call.

  18. And Teddy Turnover is on pace for a whopping 9.6 TDs (vs 12.8 INTs). That is, if he can manage to play all 16 games.

    I haven’t gone back through all the past statistics, but I’m pretty sure that would rank last all time in Green Bay Packer history for starting QBs. Well, at least since the forward pass was made legal. Bridgewater might have some of those 1920’s QBs beat there.
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    You’d be wrong again jcbadger. It’s amazing how many Packer fans forget about Lynn Dickey or Don Majkowski. Hell, the great Bart Starr himself had multiple years with worse TD:TO ratios.

    10 TDs with 13 picks would be right about average in Packer history, and we don’t have to go back to the 20s, they were god awful in the 70s and 80s.

    At least know your own history if you’re going to try to troll.

  19. minneanderthals says:
    Oct 18, 2015 5:05 PM

    Man, that’s some defense that’s not even close to as good the Packers.
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    Your “superior” Packer defense has given up more points to San Diego in the 3 quarters than the Vikings gave up in 4 (including San Diego’s garbage time TD that came with 36 seconds left).

  20. minneanderthals says:
    Oct 18, 2015 5:05 PM

    Man, that’s some defense that’s not even close to as good the Packers.
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    Your “superior” Packer defense has given up more points to San Diego in 3 quarters than the Vikings gave up in 4 (including San Diego’s garbage time TD that came with 36 seconds left).

  21. Man, that’s some defense that’s not even close to as good the Packers.

    ))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    The Chargers didn’t score that many points on the Vikings.Rookie Hendricks coming off the bench has more tackles this year than Clay.

  22. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Oct 18, 2015 7:47 PM
    The Vikings destroyed the Chargers at home. They gave the packers all they could handle

    ………………………………………………………………………………………….

    The Packers destroyed the 49ers at San Francisco. They gave the Minnesota team more than they could handle.

  23. Let’s face facts:

    The common opponents for the Packers and Vikings.

    Niners, Chargers, and Chiefs.

    Niners, Packers destroy, Vikings destroyed
    Chargers, Both Packers and Vikings win
    Chiefs, Packers destroy, Vikings win.

    Facts, ladies…The enemy of losers.

  24. Ask Phillip Rivers which defense he’d rather face, the Vikings – who physically beat him up, or the packers – who allowed him 500+ yards passing. Must be that Wisconsin politeness.

  25. If the packers are so superior, if they exemplify “better football for better people,” why would their fans feel the need to troll articles about other teams? You would think they would hold themselves to a higher standard. Maybe they’re really childish and small after all.

  26. coltluger says:
    Oct 18, 2015 7:58 PM

    I don’t remember the Chargers being especially difficult for the Vikings to beat. Maybe the packers just had an off day.
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    I don’t remember the 49ers being especially difficult for the Packers to beat. Maybe the queens just had an off day.

  27. There is certainly nothing special about a Vikings’ defense that defeated the Chiefs without their two primary offensive weapons, and the Vikings’ offense could only muster 1 TD against a terrible Chiefs defense.

    The Chiefs manhandled AP, and once their DB’s actually decided to stay within 10 yards of Vikings’ receivers, Teddy couldn’t do anything.

    The Vikings’ offense is 31st in yards per game.

    They have the worst passing offense in the NFL, and TB is at or near the bottom in most statistical categories.

    And Vikings’ fans say that this team is going to be very, very good, for a very, very long time.

    And when does this begin?

  28. coltluger says:
    Oct 18, 2015 10:42 PM

    Mark1021 exemplifies the poor sportsmanship inherent in every packer fan that trolls Vikings articles. No class.
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    As the pot meets the kettle.

  29. @ Frank Booth – sorry troll. I don’t go to packers articles. I couldn’t care less about the packers or their fans. My self worth comes from something other than following a jersey. Try again.

  30. fmc651 says:
    Oct 18, 2015 7:30 PM

    Man, that’s some defense that’s not even close to as good the Packers.

    ))))))))))))))))))))))))))

    The Chargers didn’t score that many points on the Vikings.Rookie Hendricks coming off the bench has more tackles this year than Clay.
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    His name is Kendricks, not Hendricks.

    He’s an inside LB. His responsibilities are different than Matthews.

    OLB’s like Matthews, Justin Houston, and Von Miller aren’t judged on tackles. Their value lies in their ability to disrupt the backfield. Kendricks sits back more often. He should absolutely be making more tackles.

  31. tjacks7 says:
    Oct 18, 2015 5:12 PM

    As a side note, the Vikings are going to be very good, for a very, very long time.
    ________

    I’d like to agree, but when can we look forward to this. They are not very good right now. The problem with the Vikings, and it has been for a long time, is they really struggle scoring points even when they’re dominating a game. They should have put that game away in the first half but instead they let KC hang around until they could get their offense going.

    Also, too many long touchdowns allowed. Against Denver and KC, the defense dominated the game but they allowed one long touchdown when they were in the wrong coverage.

    Teddy’s going to be great someday but right now he’s struggling to get it going. I just think against a terrible team like KC they should have had a dominant victory.

    You know, like the one they had against San Diego, who threw all over the place against Green Bay today.

  32. coltluger says:
    Oct 18, 2015 11:06 PM

    @ Frank Booth – sorry troll. I don’t go to packers articles. I couldn’t care less about the packers or their fans. My self worth comes from something other than following a jersey. Try again.
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    Sorry, I’m not a Packer fan. And people posting on a site about football has very little to do, if anything, with where someone gets their self-worth.

    But judging from your posts (all 11 of them, most by anyone on this thread), you might want to stop complaining and judging everyone else and go tend to that fragile psyche.

  33. It is Kendricks and Matthews plays inside until it is a passing down. Don’t make excuses for his lack of tackles. Kendricks can cover people unlike Clay. Clay is one dimensional Frank he can rush the passer . All that for 12>8 million a year.

  34. minnescrotums says:
    Oct 18, 2015 9:32 PM
    Let’s face facts:
    The common opponents for the Packers and Vikings.
    Niners, Chargers, and Chiefs.
    Niners, Packers destroy, Vikings destroyed
    Chargers, Both Packers and Vikings win
    Chiefs, Packers destroy, Vikings win.
    Facts, ladies…The enemy of losers
    ))))))))))))))))

    Packers beat the Chiefs by Ten, Vikings by 6. huge difference there.
    Chargers packers win 24-20 Vikings 31-14
    Those are the facts not your make up

  35. fmc651 says:
    Oct 18, 2015 11:24 PM

    It is Kendricks and Matthews plays inside until it is a passing down. Don’t make excuses for his lack of tackles. Kendricks can cover people unlike Clay. Clay is one dimensional Frank he can rush the passer . All that for 12>8 million a year.
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    Matthews moves all over the place and does the same things as Von Miller and Justin Houston. Go count their tackles. They have around the same or less than Matthews. They are all considered the best at that position. Experts recognize it, as do savvy football fans.

    The casual fan doesn’t get it.

  36. coltluger-

    Yeah, calling people obsessed is pretty common on here when someone doesn’t have anything constructive to say. Funny how someone thinks someone is obsessed because of a few posts on a football site.

    Why don’t you draw a bath for yourself and get a good book. This site seems to be a little too much for you.

  37. Dear KC:

    Even though your season is over, take pride in the fact that each KC player will soon receive in the mail a Participation Trophy. Something that you can admire and cherish forever when you look back on the 2015 season. Congratulations. Participating isn’t easy.

    The Feel Good Community

  38. Clay is no Van Miller and don’t talk like you know defenses. Before I told you he was in the middle too you tried to suggest he plays the strictly end more like Miller. Actually he doesn’t play anything like Miller.Miller plays end period. You don’t see Miller inside.

  39. It’s Von Miller, not Van Miller. Matthews is more versatile than Von Miller.

    Matthews does the things that he’s asked. He’s not a conventional inside linebacker and moves around a lot. If you don’t get that, and you think his value lies in how many tackles he has, invest your time in a different sport. I mean, you can’t even get these guys names straight.

  40. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Oct 18, 2015 7:47 PM

    The Vikings destroyed the Chargers at home. They gave the packers all they could handle
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    Standings.

  41. Frank

    try to drink less and watch closer Clay plays inside until a passing down then he rushes the passer from the outside. Yeah he might do a twist but he starts in the middle when he does that.

  42. Clay Matthews’ role is to: 1) Preen his hair for the cameras; 2) Be the third man in on the tackle to go for the strip. 3) Preen his hair for the cameras. 4) Flail his arms when blocked so as to draw holding penalties.

  43. minnescrotums says:
    Oct 18, 2015 9:32 PM
    Let’s face facts:

    The common opponents for the Packers and Vikings.

    Niners, Chargers, and Chiefs.

    Niners, Packers destroy, Vikings destroyed
    Chargers, Both Packers and Vikings win
    Chiefs, Packers destroy, Vikings win.

    Facts, ladies…The enemy of losers.
    *************************************

    fmc651 already exposed your failure to post facts.

    The only one you had right was the Niner game. We stunk up the joint. We admit it.

    But to lamely claim that your win over the Chargers was equal to the Vikings 17 point win is ludicrous at best, a bold face lie is more the case. Remember, it was goal to go on the 2 yard line for the Chargers to score a TD to force the Packers into overtime.

    To say the Packers destroyed the Chiefs by winning by 10 points is equally ludicrous. You won by 10 points in a 38 – 28 final score. The Vikings won 16 – 10.

    If you do the math, that’s equivalent to the Vikings beating the Chiefs 38 – 20…

    So you get the Niner game. We get the Chargers and the Chiefs.

    Facts… 🙂

  44. Lynn Dickey. Lol. My god those Packer teams from 1976-1984 were sooooo bad. My favorite memories, Chris Berman on ESPN, when Tampa Bay played Green Bay, ALWAYS the worst matchup on TV, usually two 0-10 teams playing each other… “The Bay of Pigs”. lolz.

  45. raiderapologist says:Oct 18, 2015 6:29 PM

    Don’t despair, Chiefs fans. There will be some good tackles available at the top of next year’s draft.
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    Unfortunately the Chiefs will probably take another Combine warrior from a Mid-Major.

    Andy has been preaching for three years that he was going to fix the O-line. It still hasn’t happened. Every year they have gotten progressively worse.

  46. Re: the Vikings/chargers game:

    Let’s not forget that the Chargers scored a garbage time TD with :38 sec left. Clemens threw the TD because the Vikings knocked Rovers out of the game. The game was 31-10.

  47. coltluger says:
    Oct 19, 2015 5:41 AM

    Frank Booth says he’s not a packer fan . . . right. You can add liar to that impressive resume, turd.
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    I’m a Bears’ fan. I’m not a Packer hater like a lot of other Bears’ fans. The Bears and Packers go a long way back to the development of the NFL and both teams have rich histories. I have respect for the Packers and their traditions, and they have one of the best QB’s to ever play the game right now. They are a fun team to watch.

    It wouldn’t make sense to say that I wasn’t a Packer fan if I were one. That seems pretty simple.

    Vikings fans are amusing. They put down the Packers while they stomp on them annually. They consistently try to find fault with Aaron Rodgers, one of the best QB’s to ever play the game, while Bridgewater flounders. Now all they have is to compare the teams that each has played, as if the Vikings fans can prove something from that.

    The Vikings are 3-2. The Packers are 6-0. The Vikings have the worst pass offense in the NFL, and their defense isn’t any better than the Packers.

  48. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Oct 19, 2015 12:34 PM

    Re: the Vikings/chargers game:

    Let’s not forget that the Chargers scored a garbage time TD with :38 sec left. Clemens threw the TD because the Vikings knocked Rovers out of the game. The game was 31-10.
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    The Chargers pulled Rivers because he wasn’t having much success. He wasn’t knocked out of the game.

    Believe it or not, garbage time scores count.

    31-17

  49. GB’s backup RB had more yards in 1 run today than Adrian had ALL DAY….
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    And GB’s starter had 4 yards and a fumble ALL DAY…

    What’s your point?

  50. Bart Starr in his third year in the league:
    Record as a starter: 0-6-1
    Completion %: 49.7
    Tds: 3
    Ints: 12

    That’s Bart Starr. Packer legend. Imagine if TB was putting up those stats.

  51. LMAO! Not only did the chiefs lose the game and the season, they lost their bd to the Vikes and Pack fans!!

    Hey Viking fan boys, call me when Bridgeunderwater starts playing like an average qb.

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