Minnesota faced a tough start on Sunday night as the team’s opening drive ended with a fumble by quarterback Josh Dobbs. But the Vikings managed to recover and score two touchdowns before halftime, taking a 10-9 lead over Denver.
On third-and-1, tight end T.J. Hockenson pitched the ball to Dobbs who took it to his left, but was hit hard and lost the football. However, the Vikings were able to overcome this setback and push forward with their game plan.
One of their key players in this effort was Alexander Mattison, who took 10 carries for 50 yards. Ty Chandler also had 30 yards on six carries. Despite some fumbles by Dobbs and center Garrett Bradbury, the team was able to recover both without any turnover occurring.
The Broncos struggled throughout the first half, failing to get much going despite having five first downs and just 16 rushing yards. Russell Wilson went 13-of-17 for 132 yards, but Courtland Sutton only had two catches for 38 yards. The team will receive the second-half kickoff with no scores yet on third down after half an hour of play.