Saturday night’s matchup pitting the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Minnesota Vikings ended with the Chiefs on the losing side. Kansas City lost by a final score of 30-12.
The game saw the starters playing shortly into the third quarter, and the Chiefs had their moments. Alex Smith looked good at times despite having a shaky offensive line and no Jamaal Charles or Dwayne Bowe to help him out. Smith did throw two interceptions though, both in the red zone after impressive offensive drives.
The starting defensive unit allowed Matt Cassel to complete a 53 yard pass to Cordarrelle Patterson on the Vikings’ first possession, but after that played all right. Jaye Howard managed to strip Cassel of the ball in the end zone, which led to two points for KC.
The Chiefs only managed 12 points in the entire game and the starting offensive unit still has yet to put up a touchdown. It’s not the end of the world, but considering the starters won’t play much (if at all) next week, I’m starting to get a little nervous.
Special teams looked good as usual with Dustin Colquitt punting a 55 yard beauty to pin the Vikings deep in their own territory. That drive was the one that led to Cassel throwing a TD, but still. That’s not special teams’ fault.
Tyler Bray relieved Alex Smith in the third quarter and didn’t look great at the beginning. His first pass of the night was a horrible interception and he only went 2 for 8.
Bray’s final drive of the night saw him going 7 for 7 with a touchdown pass to Albert Wilson. The drive went 80 yards on nine total plays.
Rookie kicker Cairo Santos handled all of the kicking duties and made a field goal attempt and an extra point attempt. The kicker battle has been one of the more intriguing ones during training camp and preseason.
- Alex Smith – 14/24 for 140 yards, 2 INT
- Tyler Bray – 9/15 for 89 yards, TD, INT
- Cyrus Gray – 4 carries for 27 yards
- Knile Davis – 12 carries for 27 yards
- Travis Kelce – 4 receptions for 49 yards
- Anthony Fasano – 5 receptions for 41 yards
The final preseason game will take place on August 28th at 6 PM central time at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
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