MINNEAPOLIS -- Against a team searching for its offensive identity after the loss of running back Jamaal Charles, the Minnesota Vikings could have made things easier for themselves on Sunday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings didn't generate much pressure against a team that had allowed 21 sacks so far this season, and they continue to face issues on their offensive line, which struggled with the run more than it did in pass protection. But the Vikings remain undefeated at home after a 16-10 win over the Chiefs, and they made enough defensive plays to close the game out in the fourth quarter.
How the game was won: The Vikings took a 13-0 lead in the third quarter, although their inability to put the Chiefs away nearly came back to bite them. Adrian Peterson struggled to find running room all day, carrying 26 times for 60 yards while dealing with bruises to his right leg and left hand. Teddy Bridgewater made a pair of ill-advised throws that resulted in interceptions, and without defensive end Everson Griffen, the Vikings sacked Alex Smith just twice. But they held Kansas City to 57 yards on 18 carries, and rookie Danielle Hunter forced a fumble to stop a Chiefs drive in the fourth quarter.
What it means: The Vikings improved to 3-2 before a pair of division road games, but Sunday's victory was the kind of win that should allow coach Mike Zimmer to make plenty of corrections this week. The Vikings generated little push for Peterson and struggled to cover tight end Travis Kelce in the second half, and a zero blitz backfired on the Chiefs' 42-yard screen to Albert Wilson for a touchdown. The Vikings will have to be better if they want to take full advantage of a soft stretch of their schedule.
One reason to get excited: Rookie Stefon Diggs had a big day against the Chiefs' leaky secondary, catching seven passes for 129 yards and building on a six-catch, 87-yard performance in his first NFL game two weeks ago in Denver. Diggs' connection with Bridgewater appears to be growing, and it's easy to see him being a big part of the offense going forward.
One reason to panic: Bridgewater's two interceptions appeared to be bad decisions, as he threw late to Kyle Rudolph in the end zone on the first one and seemed to expect a different coverage on the second one. Instead of Bridgewater carrying his route up the field, Marcus Peters peeled back to pick him off, and the Chiefs pulled within three points on the ensuing drive. Bridgewater's two turnovers contributed to points, although he composed himself, kept a play alive on third-and-14 and delivered a 30-yard strike to Diggs for a key conversion.
Fantasy watch: Peterson had 21 of his 26 carries with Bridgewater under center, gaining 70 yards on those carries, and he lost 10 yards on his four attempts from the shotgun. According to ESPN Stats & Information, he was hit at or behind the line of scrimmage on 10 of his 17 first-half attempts, gaining just 5 yards before contact on those carries.
Ouch: Griffen missed Sunday's game with what the Vikings called an illness, putting Hunter into the starting lineup more than a week before his 21st birthday. Defensive tackle Shamar Stephen left on a cart in the third quarter with a toe injury.
Missed call costs Vikings safety: With the Chiefs backed up against their own goal line on their first series of the game, guard Ben Grubbs was called for holding on defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd on third down. The hold appeared to happen in the end zone, which would have been a safety, but official Jerome Boger ruled that the hold came outside the end zone. Instead of netting the Vikings two points, the play resulted in a declined penalty before a punt.