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As I predicted, the Vikings defeated the Chiefs in a close game, 17-13. In an odd twist of fate, though probably not too surprising because of Favre’s extensive time off, Matt Cassel showed more potential in more playing time. Both quarterbacks started, though Favre only played in two series, going 1/4 of passes for a scant four yards. Favre took a few good hits, too, seeing as how the Vikings did not practice adequately enough for the Chiefs’ 3-4 defense formation. Instead, it was former starter Tarvaris Jackson starring for Minnesota, going 12/15 for 202 yards (the most this week so far for a quarterback) and two touchdowns, which would be the difference in the game.
On the Kansas City side, Matt Cassel played the entire first half, going 9/14 for 99 yards and a touchdown. He even rushed the ball twice himself: once for two yards and once for 11 yards. This helped lead the Chiefs to a 10-7 lead at halftime. Cassel’s former Pats teammate and now Chiefs teammate Matt Gutierrez went 8/13 for 68 yards.
Next week, Minnesota visits Houston and Kansas City hosts Seattle; both the Texans and Seahawks have won their first game of the preseason. Now that Cassel has gotten back in the swing of things and Favre has had a taste of playing time in Minnesota, time will tell how the two will fare once the preseason is over and the games that actually count begin.