Kansas City edges Vikings 26-23 behind backup quarterback


November 4, 2019

Elizabeth Flores – Star Tribune

Vikings tight end Irv Smith hurdled a Kansas City defender before being tackled by Chiefs strong safety Tyrann Mathieu in the third quarter.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The thing that had been perhaps the most reassuring, over the course of the four-game win streak the Vikings fashioned over the past month, was the solidity of it all: A team that had struggled through defensive growing pains early and an offensive identity crisis late in 2018 seemed to have a better sense this time around of the things it could count on.

On offense, the Vikings would exert their will first on the ground, creating big plays on zone runs and setting up an environment in which Kirk Cousins could hit downfield strikes off play-action. The haymakers they threw on offense would rarely be matched, thanks to a defense that had allowed only one run of more than 20 yards and only 23 such plays in the air.



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