Kansas City Chiefs, While Better, Show Room For Improvement Against Vikings

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Kansas City Chiefs, While Better, Show Room For Improvement Against Vikings

Leading up to Friday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings, everyone was talking about one thing: Brett Favre. The future Hall of Famer came out of retirement...again...to join the Vikings, and it just so happened that his first action as the new starting quarterback would come against the Chiefs.
Unfortunately for Favre, who had only three days to work with his new receivers, the Chiefs defense was up to the challenge.
Favre connected on only one of his four passes, a four-yard completion to rookie Percy Harvin, and left the night after a bone-crushing hit from linebacker Corey Mays.
Mays and the rest of the Chiefs starting defense did an excellent job against Favre and the NFL's leading rusher from a year ago, Adrian Peterson. The Chiefs held Peterson to 44 yards on ten carries, including a big fourth-and-one stop by Jarrad Page that killed Minnesota's opening drive.
On offense, the Chiefs were much better in the passing game than a week ago against the Texans, with quarterback Matt Cassel completing nine of 14 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was also impressive, leading the team with three catches for 37 yards, including a Cassel four-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. The passing game’s production was in spite of an offensive line that struggled yet again to establish and control the line of scrimmage. The line had several breakdowns, allowing three sacks and forcing Cassel to have to scramble to evade pressure from a Vikings front four that was without starters Jared Allen and Pat Williams.
The Chiefs running game was also a victim of the offensive line’s poor play, getting only 29 yards on 12 carries from starter Larry Johnson and backup Jamaal Charles. Aside from a Johnson 18-yard burst at the beginning of the second quarter, the running game was virtually non-existent.
Here are the positives and negatives to take away from Friday’s loss…

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