The Vikings took their show on the road for the first time this preseason and the result was the same as at home. Another solid performance from rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in second half duty, another win for Minnesota.
Bridgewater’s time in the game didn’t feature quite as much drama as his two quarters of work against Arizona last weekend, but it was productive time nonetheless. Like last week, Bridgewater threw a pair of touchdown passes. Both his TDs against Kansas City went to TE Allen Reisner, who has now caught 3 Teddy TDs altogether.
Both touchdowns were short throws, the first on a nice pass zipped into Reisner at the goal line and the second on a touch lob into the corner of the end zone. The two touchdowns put the Vikings up 30-5. A garbage time touchdown by the Chiefs would put the final score at 30-12.
Bridgewater was not the only stand out performer on the night for the Vikings. Defensively, the Vikes had several stars, most notably DT Shamar Stephen, CB Shaun Prater and DE Corey Wootton. If there was a defensive goat it had to be Josh Robinson who committed a PI penalty early and was seldom seen in the game after that.
Offensively, the Vikings’ first team struggled a little, with Matt Cassel not having one of his better nights. Cassel failed to get anything going with Greg Jennings, his favorite target, but he did hit Cordarrelle Patterson for a highlight-reel touchdown on the first series.
Patterson’s TD was not just nice to watch, it was very encouraging for the Vikings who want to see Patterson begin to work the deep part of the field as he evolves into a true home run threat. Patterson showed breakaway speed and great concentration on the bomb from Cassel.
The first team defense definitely showed up more than the first team offense, especially the defensive line which really got after it against Alex Smith and the Chiefs. The Vikings flashed big play ability on defense as well, picking off three passes on the night, highlighted by Captain Munnerlyn’s pick of Smith in the end zone to stifle an early scoring chance for Kansas City.
If the Vikes can continue getting good push up front and make some plays on the back end, they can have a good defense this year. They still don’t quite know who will be starting at a couple of defensive positions, including that ever-pesky second safety spot, but that will get sorted.
Right now, the Vikings can feel pretty good about putting together another solid game, this time on the road, with a big contribution from their rookie sensation at quarterback.