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NFL Preseason Preview - Minnesota (2-0) at Kansas City (1-1)



By John McMullen, NFL Editor

(SportsNetwork.com) - It's dress rehearsal time in the Midwest as the Kansas City Chiefs prepare for their all-important third preseason contest on Saturday against Mike Zimmer's Minnesota Vikings.

The Chiefs return home after a road contest in Carolina last week where the club fell 28-16 to the Panthers. Despite the loss, the Chiefs defense opened the game with three consecutive three-and-outs and sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton twice.

Kansas City rookie signal caller Aaron Murray threw his first career NFL touchdown with a 43-yard toss to Travis Kelce, while embattled receiver Dwayne Bowe caught five passes for 62 yards on the night.

Bowe was suspended by the NFL for the season opener last week after violating the league's substance-abuse policy, a penalty stemming from an arrest back in November of last year for speeding and marijuana possession.

The Vikings' preseason has been all about finding a starting signal caller and both veteran Matt Cassel and rookie Teddy Bridgewater have performed well.

Another solid performance in Kansas City will likely sew up the job for Cassel but "Two-Minute Teddy" was born against Arizona last week.

Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes, including one with 18 seconds remaining which lifted Minnesota to an exciting 30-28 preseason victory over Arizona in Minneapolis.

Cassel started under center and completed 12-of-16 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown, while the rookie first-round draft pick finished 16-for-20 for 177 and two scores in relief.

The Cardinals were leading 28-24 with 1:07 left when Bridgewater and the Vikings offense got the ball back on their own 17-yard line. Bridgewater found Rodney Smith for short gains of 10 and six yards and following a 12-yard completion to Jarius Wright, went back to Smith for 37 yards down the left sideline to the Arizona 18.

Four plays later, Bridgewater hooked up with Smith for a 2-yard, go-ahead score.

Joe Banyard carried six times for 64 yards for Minnesota, while tight end Kyle Rudolph caught four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown.

The biggest moment in Chiefs and perhaps all of Kansas City sports history came on Jan. 11, 1970 when the Chiefs defeated the Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV.

In the preseason series Minnesota holds a slim 8-7 advantage.

08/22 12:55:28 ET