3 biggest takeaways from the Vikings preseason loss to the Chiefs

(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) Everson Griffen
(Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) Everson Griffen /
1 of 3
Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

What did we learn about the Minnesota Vikings during their preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night?

Unfortunately, we still have yet to see the Minnesota Vikings win a football game since last season as they suffered a loss for the third straight week on Friday night in their preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.

It’s been very difficult to really evaluate anything the Vikings have done during the last three weeks since the majority of their top players like Dalvin Cook, Danielle Hunter, Justin Jefferson, and Harrison Smith haven’t played a single snap.

That being said, there were still a few things that stood out from Minnesota on Friday against the Chiefs. What are some of the biggest takeaways from the Vikings’ final preseason matchup of the year?

Takeaway No. 1

Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) Kellen Mond /

Mond deserves to be Minnesota’s QB2

It felt like the No. 2 spot on Minnesota’s quarterback depth chart was beginning to lean more towards Kellen Mond after the team’s second preseason game last week. It wasn’t so much that Mond’s performance was good, but more of the fact that fellow Vikings quarterback Jake Browning has played so poorly during the team’s exhibition matchups this summer.

On Friday, Mond definitely took the lead over Browning in the battle to be Kirk Cousins‘ backup this season. After Browning completed just 2-of-8 passes for 41 yards to end up with a 48.4 rating, Mond went out and led the Vikings on their first two offensive touchdown drives of the preseason. Minnesota’s rookie signal-caller ended his night having completed 16-of-23 passes for 196 yards and one interception in addition to a 77.4 rating.

Now, Mond did turn the ball over twice against Kansas City (one pick, one fumble), but the Vikings’ offense at least felt like it had an actual pulse when he was under center. The same hasn’t been able to be said for Minnesota’s offense this preseason when Browning has been on the field.