Vikings QB Matt Cassel had a successful homecoming against his former team. Cassel led the Chiefs to the playoffs in 2010.
The Minnesota Vikings defeated Kansas City Chiefs 30-12 in Week 3 of the NFL preseason.
Vikings QB Matt Cassel, returning to Kansas City for the first time since being cut by the team in 2013, led Minnesota on a TD drive in their first possession and played relatively efficient football throughout the first quarter – excluding a sack-safety in the 1st quarter. The Vikings and Chiefs exchanged FGs throughout the 2nd and early 3rd quarter, making the score 13-5, when Vikings rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater threw 2 TD passes to Allen Reisner in less than two minutes to make the score 27-5. The Vikings added a FG late in the 4th and Chiefs backup QB Tyler Bray threw a TD pass to Albert Wilson with 0:25 remaining to set the final score at 30-12.
Cassel played the entire first half and fininshed 9 of 17 for 152 yards and a TD with 3 sacks and an INT. Bridgewater only had four completions, but two of them were for TDs, giving him a passer rating of 113.1. On the ground the Vikings totaled 148 rushing yards with a 5.3 yards/carry average. RB Adrian Peterson did not play and will rest until the regular season.
The Chiefs struggled with turnovers – QB Alex Smith had two INTs and was sacked three times while only leading one scoring drive (a FG). Backup QB Tyler Bray was ineffective for most of the game but had a TD with 0:25 remaining to give his overall stat line a boost. The running game was without All-Pro RB Jamaal Charles who was sitting out due to an injury.