Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Blair Walsh connected on all three field goals attempts and an extra point as the Vikings took care of business at TCF Bank Stadium with a 16-10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs’ defense held Adrian Peterson to 60 yards rushing on 26 carries and intercepted Teddy Bridgewater twice to keep the game close despite a good defensive performance by the Vikings.

Danielle Hunter, making his first NFL start, stripped the ball from Chief’s running back Charcandrick West with 4:38 to play in the game helping the Vikings hold off Kanas City’s second half comeback effort. Everson Griffen was inactive due to an illness and Hunter stepped in and played a solid game collecting 4 total tackles, .5 sacks, and a forced fumble.

Eric Kendricks led the Vikings defense with 10 tackles and a sack as the Vikings shut-out the penalty-prone Chiefs offense for the first three-quarters of play. On a day when Teddy Bridgewater was an erratic 17 of 31 for 249 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, the defense did enough to capture the win over the fading 1-5 Chiefs.

The Vikings only touchdown came in the second quarter on a third-and-goal from the 4-yard line when Bridgewater took a shot-gun snap and hit Kyle Rudolph on a slant in the back of the end zone to give the Vikings a 10-0 advantage with 4:43 remaining in the first half.

The Vikings (3-2) found a rare win coming off a bye week while also establishing something special in rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs. Diggs finished the game with seven catches for 129 yards to bring his two game total to 13 receptions for 216 yards. Expect him to have a regular roll in the offense moving forward and don’t be surprised if he gives the return game a shot-in-the-arm at some point before the season ends.

 

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Andy Reid, Brad Childress and the Kansas City Chiefs are stepping into TCF Bank Stadium without their offensive centerpiece, Jamaal Charles. Conversely, the Vikings will be without one of their best defenders in Everson Griffen.

Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings have talked all week about their unwillingness to underestimate their opponent, but the early bye week has allowed them the rest it takes to get your roster relatively healthy.

Vikings fans are looking at a five-game stretch in which every contest seems winnable. The hope is that Norv Turner’s passing game can catch fire and Teddy Bridgewater can take advantage of some leaky pass defenses to start building some momentum through the air. Meanwhile, this defense looks as vicious as ever and there should be no shortage of Adrian Peterson each Sunday.

We’ll have this game broken down for you shortly after the last whistle, but be sure to romp around in the comments section below with fellow Vikings fans during the action.

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No matter how extraordinary football players are on the field, they’re still human off of it, and everyday illnesses can sideline the best athletes. That’s the case for Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who will miss today’s game with an undisclosed illness. In his place, rookie Danielle Hunter will start and hopefully, build on his 25 career snaps for a productive day against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Griffen isn’t the only surprise on the list — wide receiver Charles Johnson will also miss the game with sore ribs, paving the way for rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs to take over split end duties in his place. Below, a look at the rest of the inactives list, which includes a few familiar names and some welcome exclusions:

With Griffen and Justin Trattou out, the Vikings enter Week 6 with just three active defensive ends: Brian Robison, Danielle Hunter, and Scott Crichton. The group should play well against a Chiefs offensive line that has given up 22 sacks on the season, which leads the league through five games.

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Vikings Injury Report
NamePositionInjuryWed.Thur.Fri. Status
Justin TrattouDEFootDNPDNPDNPOUT
Charles JohnsonWRRibLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable
Andrew SendejoSKneeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable
Rhett EllisonTEKnee_______LimitedLimitedProbable
Jabari PriceCBShoulderFullFullFullProbable
Mike WallaceWRKneeDNPLimitedFullProbable
Jarius WrightWRHandFullFullFullProbable

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The Vikings are entering Week 6 off a narrow loss to Denver, the bye week and a 2-2 record. While the Chiefs have only a single win under their belt and are missing star running back Jamaal Charles, they’re not a team for which Minnesota should let its guard down. Alex Smith is a proven quarterback, and the Chiefs finished the 2014 season with a respectable 9-7 record. And worth mentioning, Minnesota will be fighting against the bye week slump. The Vikings have played miserably in the post-bye game for the past five seasons, and this year they absolutely cannot afford a loss to Kansas City.

Former Vikings head coach Brad Childress will be making his return to Minneapolis, as he currently works for the Chiefs as their “spread game analysis/special projects coach”—how’s that for a mouthful? How will Childress’ current squad fare against his former? Let’s take a look at the offensive match up.


Offensive Line

The Broncos’ top-rated defense worked over T.J. Clemmings in Week 4, and it will be interesting to see how the rookie rebounds this week. Granted, the Chiefs’ defense ranks only No. 26 in the league, but they do have powerful linebacker Justin Houston in their arsenal. Houston finished the 2014 season with 59 tackles, and he already has 18 in the books this year. He has an uncanny ability to get to the quarterback and will most likely be the offensive line’s biggest focus on Sunday.

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