Final

Vikings 30

(3-0, 1-0 away)

Chiefs 12

(1-2, 1-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, August 23, 2014

Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO 

1 2 3 4 T
MIN 7 3 17 330
KC 2 3 0 712

Top Performers

Passing: M. Cassel (MIN) - 152 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Asiata (MIN) - 11 CAR, 48 YDS

Receiving: C. Patterson (MIN) - 3 REC, 71 YDS, 1 TD

Cassel leads Vikings to 30-12 win over Kansas City

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Matt Cassel made a winning return to Arrowhead Stadium, even if it was just a preseason game.

The quarterback who was booed, benched and eventually released two years ago by the Chiefs, threw for 152 yards and a touchdown Saturday night, leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 30-12 win over a scuffling Kansas City team dealing with a rash of injuries and suspensions.

Cassel also threw an interception before turning things over to Teddy Bridgewater in the third quarter. The rookie quarterback, who is still challenging for the starting job, threw a pair of touchdown passes to tight end Allen Reisner less than 2 minutes apart to seal the win.

The Chiefs' Alex Smith was just 14 of 24 for 124 yards with two red-zone interceptions, and the Chiefs' first-team offense only managed a 21-yard field goal by Cairo Santos.

They still have not scored a touchdown in 16 possessions this preseason.

While the third preseason game is typically a dress rehearsal for the regular season, both teams sat plenty of star power due to injuries and personal reasons.

Running back Adrian Peterson, excused from practice this week, dressed for the Vikings but did not play. Chiefs counterpart Jamaal Charles, dealing with a foot injury, also dressed after returning to practice Thursday, but did not see the field.

Other noteworthy players missing included Vikings safety Robert Blanton (hamstring) and defensive tackle Linval Joseph (calf), and Chiefs safety Eric Berry (heel), wide receivers Dwayne Bowe (quad) and Junior Hemingway (hip), and linebacker Joe Mays (wrist surgery).

All the missing pieces allowed several players trying to secure starting jobs and roster spots a chance to shine with the first round of cuts due Tuesday.

Jeff Linkenbach and Ricky Henry alternated at left guard for the Chiefs in place of Jeff Allen, who shifted to right tackle. He took the place of Donald Stephenson, who will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's drug policy.

Wide receiver Frankie Hammond also made a couple of nice catches for Kansas City. He started in place of Bowe, suspended for the season opener after his arrest last November.

Matt Asiata, starting in Peterson's place, ran for 48 yards on 11 carries.

Not everything went perfectly for Cassel after his long touchdown pass to Patterson gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead. He was sacked on third down on their ensuing possession, and was stripped of the ball by the Chiefs' Jaye Howard for a safety later in the first quarter.

The Chiefs moved the ball well in the first half, but two promising drives ended when Smith was intercepted by Captain Munnerlyn in the end zone and by Chad Greenway near the goal line.

Blair Walsh kicked a pair of field goals to extend Minnesota's lead to 13-5, and both teams pulled their starters in the third quarter. Bridgewater and Reisner connected twice in a span of 1 minute, 44 seconds later in the quarter to put things out of reach.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIN
KC
1st Downs1718
Passing 1st downs
913
Rushing 1st downs
84
1st downs from penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
4-116-17
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays5568
Total Yards323285
Yards per play5.94.2
Total Drives1313
Passing175194
Comp-Att
13-2423-39
Yards per pass
6.54.4
Interceptions thrown
13
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-175-31
Rushing14891
Rushing Attempts
2824
Yards per rush
5.33.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-41-4
Penalties3-622-15
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
13
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:4732:13

Passing Leaders

MINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Cassel9/171528.9113-17
Bridgewater4/7405.7200-0
KCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Smith14/241405.8023-19
Bray9/15855.7112-12

Rushing Leaders

MINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Asiata11484.4012
McKinnon6437.2024
KCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gray5316.208
Davis12272.308

Receiving Leaders

MINRECYDSAVGTDLG
Patterson37123.7153
Rudolph23819.0027
KCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kelce44912.3022
Fasano5418.2014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMINKC
minTD9:56Cordarrelle Patterson 53 Yd pass from Matt Cassel (Blair Walsh Kick)
Drive info: 5 plays, 97 yds, 2:55
70
kcSF3:42Team Safety
Drive info: 2 plays, -6 yds, 0:40
72
SECOND QUARTERMINKC
kcFG2:59Cairo Santos 21 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 77 yds, 7:43
75
minFG1:07Blair Walsh 41 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 30 yds, 0:29
105
THIRD QUARTERMINKC
minFG4:40Blair Walsh 32 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 49 yds, 4:33
135
minTD2:08Allen Reisner 8 Yd pass from Teddy Bridgewater (Blair Walsh Kick)
Drive info: 3 plays, 8 yds, 0:55
205
minTD0:24Allen Reisner 5 Yd pass from Teddy Bridgewater (Blair Walsh Kick)
Drive info: 1 plays, 5 yds, 0:05
275
FOURTH QUARTERMINKC
minFG4:16Blair Walsh 28 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 73 yds, 5:45
305
kcTD0:25Albert Wilson 1 Yd pass from Tyler Bray (Cairo Santos Kick)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 3:51
3012