The Vikings are off to a difficult 0-4 start. With how the season has unfolded through the first four weeks, I’m sure there are a lot of questions. Good thing it’s time for another edition of Monday Morning Mailbag.
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The Vikings went to Kansas City this weekend looking for their first win of the 2011 season, but they came up short in their attempt as the Chiefs defeated them 22-17 at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It’s another frustrating loss for the Vikings because they held advantages in TDs scored, 1st downs, red zone scoring efficiency, rushing yards and time of possession, yet came away with their 4th consecutive loss.
Another solid outing from the Vikings defense kept Kansas City’s offense in check for much of the afternoon. The Chiefs entered the red zone three times on the afternoon, yet never scored when threatening. K Ryan Succop was called upon to convert a career-high 5 FG attempts, and he also nailed a career-high 54-yarder along the way. The Chiefs only TD came on a 52-yard bomb from QB Matt Cassel to playmaking WR Dwayne Bowe.
The Vikings offense, meanwhile, did find the end zone twice on Donovan McNabb TD tosses to Devin Aromashodu early and Michael Jenkins late, but they were unable to outscore the Chiefs. Kansas City’s #1 defensive priority was clearly to stop RB Adrian Peterson - he had 80 yards on 23 carries – but that allowed the Vikings to attack creatively in other areas, such as with Percy Harvin on end-arounds and with TE Visanthe Shiancoe through the air. Harvin had 67 rushing yards on 4 carries and Shiancoe had 6 receptions for 58 yards.
Ultimately, though, the Vikings couldn’t drive for a TD late in the game and Kansas City was able to pickup a 1st down when they needed it most, allowing them to run out the clock on the Vikings defense. The Chiefs came away with the win, their first of the season. The loss for the Vikings dropped them to 0-4 on the season as they return home this week to prepare for a contest against the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday at Mall of America Field.
Tags: Adrian Peterson, Devin Aromashodu, Donovan McNabb, Michael Jenkins, Percy Harvin, Visanthe Shiancoe
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The Vikings play at one of the loudest outdoor venues in the NFL today, and that means we must rely on Mr. Hippe for a weather report.
He’s checked in with a report of 74 degrees and sunny with a slight breeze.
Great weather for football. Almost kickoff!
Tags: Mr. Hippe
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As usual, Ryan and I will be chatting live with fans during the game. The Vikings and Chiefs are slated for a 12:00 p.m. CT kickoff and we’ll begin the chat right around that time.
To join the chat, go to the Vikings Game Day page by clicking here.
Until then, stay tuned to vikings.com, the vikings.com Blog and our Twitter accounts (@VikingsFootball and @wobby) for pre-game updates.
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LB E.J. Henderson is active and starting for the Vikings today after being listed as questionable on the injury report with a sore knee.
Here are the Vikings inactive players for today’s game:
CB B. Burton, S M. Raymond, LB X. Adibi, C B. Fusco, T D. Love, WR G. Camarillo, and DE D. Reed.
Here are the Chiefs’ inactives:
QB R. Stanzi, S J. McGraw, T S. Maneri, WR J. Urban, WR J. Baldwin, DL B. Bair, and DL J. Powe.
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The Vikings have arrived at Arrowhead Stadium for today’s battle with the Kansas City Chiefs at 12:00 p.m. CT. There’s not a cloud in the skies and the temperatures are cool for now, although they’re expected to rise throughout the afternoon. It’s going to be a great day for football here in Kansas City.
The Vikings last played in Kansas City during the 2007 season, but since then there’s been a significant remodel to Arrowhead Stadium. The renovations also included improvements to the Kansas City Royals Kauffman Stadium, which is located a stone’s throw away from Arrowhead.
The $375 million in renovations to Arrowhead included the addition of the Chiefs Hall of Honor, currently known as the Chiefs Hall of Fame; a tribute to Lamar Hunt; and “horizon level” seating in which luxury suite owners will be sitting outdoors. The refurbishments started in 2007 and were finalized in time for the Chiefs to open the 2010 season with all the improvements complete.
Arrowhead was already one of my favorite venues in the NFL and now it’s even a little better. This is a great place to watch football; truly a complete fan experience.
Anyway, back to Vikings vs. Chiefs. We’ll have the Vikings inactives for you at 10:30 a.m. CT, and we’ll continue to provide you pre-game updates when appropriate. Remember you can also follow me (@wobby) and the Vikings (@VikingsFootball) on Twitter to enhance your game-day experience.
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