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