The win keeps the Chiefs alone in first place in the AFC West regardless of what the Oakland Raiders do today. It also keeps them surprisingly within reach of the #2 seed in the AFC. With Patrick Mahomes looking like he will return next week in Tennessee the Chiefs could be right back to where they want to be with a shot at a bye in the playoffs.
Player of the Game
K Harrison Butker was 4-for-4 kicking field goals and 2-for-2 on extra points. Two of his four field goals were 40-49 yards and one was 54 yards. His 54-yard field goal tied the game at 23-23 with 4:05 left in the game. He then hit a 44-yard field goal with 1:47 left to give the Chiefs a 26-23 lead which would be the final. Prior to this game Butker was 0-for-2 on the season beyond 50 yards.
With 1:55 left in the game the Chiefs put Tyreek Hill back to return a Minnesota punt. For the second consecutive punt, Britton Colquitt had a poor punt because of the fear of Tyreek Hill returning his kick. This time Colquitt punted the ball just 27 yards which gave the Chiefs the ball on the Minnesota 45 setting up the game-winning drive.
The lack of penalties was a pleasant sight for Chiefs fans. The team has had so many games this season in which they have accumulated a lot penalties, but in this game they had just four penalties for 25 yards. That was a huge part of the team’s success in this game.
QB Matt Moore was 25-for-35 for 275 yards and a touchdown. He handled the pressure applied by the Minnesota blitzes as well as could have been expected. Moore made nice decisions in the passing game as well as having several nice passes including a perfect pass to Tyreek Hill for the Chiefs’ first touchdown of the game.
DE Emmanuel Ogbah had just one tackle in the game but applied pressure and disrupted the Vikings offense on multiple occasions.
DT Chris Jones had three tackles and a sack. Jones blew up his defender on several plays including one in which he forced a sack by pushing his defender back into Kirk Cousins for a sack.
DT Derek Nnadi was really good against the run. He had six tackles on the day. He had multiple plays where he stood up his offensive lineman and threw him to the side to tackle the running back. Nnadi continues to improve on the defensive line.
RB Damien Williams ran for 125 yards and a touchdown on just 12 carries. Williams looked the best he has all season. He’s running more like he did last season after Kareem Hunt was released. Williams will likely continue to be the primary running back for the Chiefs for the foreseeable future.
WR Tyreek Hill was as good as ever in this game. He gained 140 yards and a touchdown on six receptions. Hill made two catches that you don’t expect someone with his size to make but he consistently has now for two seasons. In addition to his impact on the offense, Hill was impactful on special teams. Vikings’ P Britton Colquitt had two bad punts late in the game because of the fear of Tyreek Hill being back to return them.
WR Sammy Watkins had 63 yards receiving on seven receptions.
TE Trvis Kelce had 62 yards receiving on seven receptions.
CB Charvarius Ward keeps improving. He covered Vikings receivers pretty well today and had six tackles.
Room for Improvement
WR Mecole Hardman fumbled the second half kickoff giving the Vikings the ball on the Chiefs’ side of midfield to start the half.
The Chiefs travel to Tennessee next Sunday to play the Tennessee Titans in a noon game. It sounds as if QB Patrick Mahomes will be back for that game but we do not know that for sure yet.