PASSING OFFENSE: C-minus – Donovan McNabb wasn't terrible, but he just wasn't good enough (again) to be what the Vikings had hoped he would be as a savvy veteran directing a new offense. McNabb had his first two-touchdown game as a Viking, including a nice 34-yard strike to Devin Aromashodu in the first quarter. But he also misfired a number of times and continues to be a sub-60 percent passer (58.6 percent). Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe finally became a big part of the offense, catching a game-high six passes, all of them for first downs. Aromashodu was a nice surprise, but the Vikings only threw one other pass his way after the touchdown. Bernard Berrian caught only his second pass of the season, a 20-yarder on fourth-and-14, but five other balls thrown in his direction were off target or unable to be completed because Berrian didn't get separation from the defender.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C – A week after getting five carries for 5 yards in the second half, Adrian Peterson got 11 carries in the first half and 12 in the second half. His average was a quiet 3.5 yards – 80 yards on 23 carries – but the Vikings stayed committed to giving him the ball. Where they failed was not using the passing game to take better advantage of the Chiefs' eight- and nine-man defensive fronts. The Vikings also crushed the Chiefs on the perimeter with four reverses to Percy Harvin. He gained 67 yards for an average of 16.8 per carry. That's a dangerous weapon because even when defenses recognize that it's coming, Harvin can make defenders miss.
PASS DEFENSE: D – Once again, the defense gave up too many big plays down the stretch. Although the defense held the Chiefs to five field goals for the first 46 minutes, Minnesota gave up the crushing blow – a 52-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel to Dwayne Bowe. CB Cedric Griffin stumbled on the play, leaving Bowe wide open. Bowe made the catch and then made Griffin and S Jamarca Sanford miss tackles inside the 15. Bowe also set up a field goal by catching a 28-yard pass on first-and-25. Steve Breaston added a 42-yard catch.
RUSH DEFENSE: B-minus – The Chiefs had only 103 yards on 28 carries (3.7-yard average), but they did have four runs of 10 yards or more. The Vikings, however, had the ground game contained before the Chiefs turned to the passing game.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C – Chris Kluwe averaged an outstanding 53.3 yards on four punts but had a net of only 30.5, as Chiefs PR Javier Arenas averaged 23.7 yards per return. The Chiefs started two drives in Vikings territory following Arenas punt returns. Arenas, however, averaged only 18.5 yards on two kickoff returns.
COACHING: D – Minnesota played better, which was to be expected considering the Chiefs make as many mistakes as the Vikings do. But to lose to the Chiefs, even on the road, is not a good sign when it comes to this team's leadership. The Vikings were at full strength heading into the game, while the Chiefs were a beat-up team without its best offensive player (Jamaal Charles) and its best defensive player (Eric Berry). Coaching adjustments continue to be a part of the problem for the Vikings. The Vikings trailed 9-7 at the half, so they didn't blow a double-digit halftime lead as they did the first three weeks. However, when the Chiefs stacked the line of scrimmage to stop Peterson, the Vikings weren't able to come up with enough plays in the passing game to take advantage.
Grading the game: Chiefs
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