Game Recap: Vikings Defeat the Chiefs, 16-10 from The Mothership
In the fourth quarter, the Chiefs offense awakened.
Kansas City kicker
Cairo Santosgot the Chiefs on the board with a 48-yard field goal, and on the next possession, QB Alex Smithhit wide receiver Albert Wilsonon a screen. Wilson ran the ball 42 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 13-10 Vikings.
The Vikings answered with a field goal to make it 16-10, but the Chiefs could not find a way to get the touchdown they needed in two ensuing possessions.
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Allen Baileyhelps Chiefs defense shut down Adrian Peterson
It may have been the best game of Allen Bailey's career, but it unfortunately came in the form of a 16-10 loss to the Vikings on Sunday afternoon.
Without defensive lineman
Dontari Poe, who was out with a high ankle sprain, Bailey and the Chiefs defense managed to shut down Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who finished with 26 carries for just 60 yards.
In the first half alone, Bailey had 7 tackles, 3 of which were for loss, 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit and a forced fumble.
He was all over the place for the Chiefs defense.
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Chiefs' rally comes up short in 16-10 loss at Minnesota from The Kansas City Star
When things go south in the NFL, they really go south.
The reeling Chiefs are discovering this the hard way, as they experienced a little bit of everything — a key fumble, too many penalties, late heartbreak and a pair of key injuries — in a 16-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday before a crowd of 52,480 at TCF Bank Stadium.
"The turnovers, the mistakes, the penalties ... I've been a part of it before," outside linebacker Tamba Hali said. "When you're called for (penalties), when you give the ball to them, it's hard to win."
The Chiefs, who lost their fifth game in a row, also dropped to 1-5 — a stunning development during a season that began with high hopes, as two key veterans — Hali and defensive end Mike DeVito — took pay cuts to remain with the team in hopes of winning a Super Bowl.
Penalties dominate lows from Chiefs' fifth straight loss from Chiefs Digest
The offensive line was a complete disaster. Penalties plagued the offensive line, especially during the first half. On the first drive, left guard Ben Grubbs was called for offensive holding, but it was declined. Rookie center Mitch Morse was called for the same thing on the second drive. The offensive holding penalties continued, as left tackle Donald Stephenson was called for it on the third drive.
A total of eight penalties for 95 yards weren't the only issue. Quarterback Alex Smith was sacked two times on the day, bringing his season total to 23. Smith is on pace to be sacked 61 times this season, a mark that would rank seventh-highest all time in NFL history.
Chiefs drop another ugly one in Minnesota 16-10 from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
Bailed out by a persistent defense, three field goals by Blair Walsh and another big game by rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs, Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings held on to beat the Chiefs 16-10.
"No win in this league is going to come easy. You get an easy win, you're a lucky team," said Bridgewater, who threw two interceptions.
Alex Smith's 42-yard touchdown pass to Albert Wilson midway through the fourth quarter pulled the Chiefs within three points, but the Vikings (3-2) played well enough early to survive their ragged finish. They shut out the Chiefs for more than three quarters.
The Chiefs can reasonably need some time to adjust to not having their best offensive player in their lineup.
But it took the Chiefs more than three quarters of Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings to get any points. By then, they trailed by 13 points.
The 10 points the Chiefs scored in the fourth quarter weren't enough, and they lost their fifth consecutive game and fell to 1-5 with Sunday's 16-10 loss.
On top of last week's scoreless half without Charles in a loss to the Chicago Bears, it paints a grim picture for the Chiefs offensively for the season's final 10 games.
A creative, sad, and darkly comedic loss means the Chiefs need to look beyond 2015 from The Kansas City Star
If this underachieving and stubbornly self-destructive football team deserves to be remembered at all, let it be for its exhaustive creativity in finding new ways to fail.
If you want to encapsulate all the familiar signs of another lost and disappointing season of Chiefs football with one moment, let it be first and 10 in Vikings territory when a sliver — a tiny sliver, and probably a delusional sliver, but, you know, still ... a sliver — of hope found the Chiefs in the fourth quarter.
On a scale of Dwayne Bowe fumbling inches from a wide receiver touchdown to Jamaal Charles' fumble-six against Denver, this is like Ken Harvey punching Jason Grimsley on a throw home — a tormenting conspiracy of bad luck, bad play and dark comedy.
It was a fumble caused by a teammate, and it was the defining moment of the Chiefs' agonizing 16-10 loss to the decidedly mediocre Vikings here on Sunday.
Season continues to spiral downward as Chiefs fall 16-10 to Vikings from Chiefs Digest
When the Kansas City Chiefs figure out how to be productive in all four quarters of a game, they might actually pickup another victory during the 2015 NFL season.
That did not happen Sunday afternoon when they were unable to make up enough ground from a horrid first-half offensive performance and fell 16-10 to the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
The Chiefs have now lost five consecutive games, standing 1-5 on the season. There are 10 games left on the schedule and with the engine of their offense - running back Jamaal Charles - lost due to injury, it's hard to believe they can make significant improvement with their current level of performance.
Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings was more evidence 10 games prove to be a tight deadline for the Chiefs in that quest. They got a little going in the fourth quarter by scoring 10 points and making things mildly interesting.
Even then, much of the Chiefs' fourth-quarter production boiled down to one play, a screen pass that wide receiver Albert Wilson took 42 yards for a touchdown. Either way, it was too little and too late to help them avoid a 16-10 loss. It was the Chiefs' fifth consecutive loss, and it dropped them to 1-5.
Frustrations mount for Derrick Johnson, Chiefs from The Kansas City Star
Linebacker Derrick Johnson has split his Chiefs career between winning and losing teams, five each in the 10 seasons before 2015. He knows what a winner looks and feels like. A loser, too.
But Johnson is utterly confused about this season, as are other Chiefs.
Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Vikings was the Chiefs' fifth straight after an opening weekend triumph.
It was never supposed to be like this.
Answers hard to come by during Chiefs' five-game slide from Chiefs Digest
"I've been through it before," Johnson said, "and when I have been through a team that was 1-5 or wasn't in the winning column at the middle of the season like this, that team was kind of supposed to be like that.
"This team is different. It's a different 1-5. You are your record; you are what your record says. I don't know. It's a loss of words because we expect to win every week. We have a chance to, we're not closing it."
Punter Dustin Colquitt, who entered the league with Johnson in 2005, agreed.
"In the past, I feel like there wasn't much we could do," Colquitt said. "This year, obviously, we still have a lot of promise. We have a lot of football left and we're running out of time to say that just in the fact that we need to start winning games. We played well in the second half, Minnesota just played better."
Time is running out when considering an 11-5 or 10-6 record is the goal for most teams gunning for postseason consideration.
QB Alex Smith: He misfired twice to an open Albert Wilson deep down the left sideline on the Chiefs' final possession. A completion on either play could have resulted in a Chiefs victory but the two incompletions turned out to be Kansas City's last two offensive plays.
RB Charcandrick West: His fourth-quarter fumble killed a fourth-quarter drive. He failed to convert on 4th and 1 in the third quarter with the Chiefs inside the Minnesota 10.
Notebook: Charcandrick West's lost fumble had friendly help from Chiefs Digest
"The fumble killed everything," West said. "That stopped any momentum that we had."
The turnover, however, had a little help.
Left tackle Donald Stephenson appeared to knock the ball loose on the video replay shown on TV, and coach Andy Reid confirmed during his postgame media session that is what happened.
"He was trying to make a play and ended up punching it out," Reid said of Stephenson. "The bottom line is you have to hang onto it no matter who it is, particularly at that point in the game. We have had better games. I hope we have better games down the road, and we have to fix those problems."
Maclin hit his head on the turf while trying to catch a pass with cornerback Captain Munnerlyn in tight coverage. After being attended to on the field, Maclin got to his feet and started to walk off on his own. He then slumped to one knee before reaching the sideline and eventually was assisted from the field.
VIKINGS 16, CHIEFS 10
Marcus Peters. His third interception of the season got the Chiefs back into the ballgame in the fourth quarter. He also prevented Mike Wallace from making a key third-down catch late in the game. -- Adam Teicher
Stefon Diggs. He became the first Vikings receiver to go over 100 yards (129) since Week 14 of last season. He also became the first Vikings rookie wide receiver to go over 80 yards in back-to-back games since Randy Moss. -- Ben Goessling
Chiefs fans have officially given up on Alex Smith from The Kansas City Star
Alex Smith completed 22 of 37 passes for 282 yards with a touchdown, and fans were ready to bury him for the Chiefs' 16-10 loss at Minnesota on Sunday.
Mistake-prone Chiefs never give themselves a chance in 16-10 loss to Vikings, fall to 1-5 from The Associated Press via The Minneapolis Star Tribune
It took plenty of time for the Chiefs' offense to find itself after losing Charles for the season last week with a knee injury. The unit managed 51 yards while the Chiefs were charged with 50 yards in penalties in the first half as the Vikings jumped to 10-0 lead.
Coach Andy Reid called the sloppiness "completely unacceptable."
"There were so many self-inflicted things," Smith said. "The penalties, you can't even get going when you're just going backwards. Especially against a team like that on the road. It makes it impossible."
The "No Honor in Racism" march and rally was organized to bring attention to the 'Chiefs' name and their fans behavior at games. Members of the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media and other protesters walked down University Avenue and then rallied at the stadium.
In 2014, Chiefs reached out to organizations
In August 2014, the Chiefs began reaching out to Native American groups in order to build alliances.
The team has also partnered with the American Indiana Center of the Great Plains on events, including a "Punt, Pass and Kick competition in May 2015.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Roethlisberger is considered a "long shot" to return in Week 7 despite pushing to be back on the field and returning to the practice field before Week 6. He was limited in two sessions before sitting out on Friday and was declared out.
While his time back on the practice field means he's working his way back, Rapoport said that the team believes he still has a lot of progress to make before he's ready to return from a knee injury suffered in Week 3.