On a day where Adrian Peterson rushed for just 60 yards, the Minnesota Vikings relied on their passing attack for a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Although they hit a few speed bumps in the second half, Teddy Bridgewater and his wide receivers — especially Stefon Diggs — did just enough to hang on for an ugly win at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Early on, it was clear the Chiefs committed to stopping the run, holding Peterson to -1 yards rushing through the first quarter of play. The Vikings’ inability to move the ball on the ground forced Norv Turner to open the playbook and attack the Chiefs through the air. On Minnesota’s first drive, Bridgewater completed passes of 16 and 52 yards before tossing an interception in the red zone. It was an up-and-down day for Bridgewater, but when called upon, the second-year quarterback delivered to keep the Vikings ahead.
After the game, Adrian Peterson addressed the media and spoke to the versatility of the offense, which helped the Vikings move to 3-2 and gave the team sole possession of second place in the NFC North:
Yes, and that’s what it’s all about, forcing the team to pick their poison. You’re either going to stop the run or the pass, and they chose the run today. It opened it up for us in the passing game, and we were able to be productive and get some points on the board. You know, there’s a lot of things we didn’t do well that we wish we could have back, but it’s better to talk about those things with a W. We’ll clean things up and get ready for Detroit.
The Vikings didn’t necessarily dish out lethal poison against the Chiefs, but the emergence of Stefon Diggs and surprisingly stout pass protection staved off a furious Chiefs comeback in the fourth quarter. Their performance as a whole will need to improve during a tough, two-game road stretch against the Lions and Bears, but for now, their ability to win matchups in the passing game has to be encouraging.