The Minnesota Vikings opened Sunday night’s game with a turnover on their opening drive, giving Denver an early 7-0 lead. Tight end T.J. Hockenson lined up under center and pitched the ball to quarterback Josh Dobbs, who took the carry to his left but was hit hard and lost the football.
Despite the setback, the Vikings rallied to take a 10-9 lead over Denver into halftime. Dobbs threw a 3-yard touchdown to tight end Josh Oliver and Greg Joseph hit a 34-yard field goal for Minnesota’s 10 points. Wil Lutz added two more field goals in the second quarter, one from 31 yards and another from 52 yards as time expired.
The Broncos struggled to keep up with the Vikings, putting together just two scoring drives in the first half. They were 0-of-5 on third down, had five first downs, and only managed 16 rushing yards. Quarterback Russell Wilson was 13-of-17 for 132 yards, while Courtland Sutton led with two catches for 38 yards.
The Vikings have been making a concerted effort to run the ball, with Alexander Mattison taking ten carries for fifty yards and Ty Chandler adding thirty yards on six carries. However, Dobbs has had some snap problems with center Garrett Bradbury, fumbling two of them but recovering both to prevent a turnover.
As they prepare for the second half of the game, Denver will receive the kickoff while Minnesota will start at their own twenty yards line.