KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs pass the ball to the outside against the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter on October 2, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Chiefs needed a spark. Matt Cassel provided it in their 22-17 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
In a battle of two of the NFL's most disappointing teams, the Kansas City Chiefs did just enough to beat the Minnesota Vikings, 22-17. And Matt Cassel provided the spark — by making sure he didn't stamp out the Chiefs' efforts with mistakes.
Cassel threw for 260 yards and a touchdown, a spectacular 52-yarder to Dwayne Bowe, in Kansas City's win. And he played well despite an argument with Todd Haley in which the quarterback and the Chiefs coach had to be separated, throwing no interceptions and completing 18 of 29 passes despite an ineffective Chiefs running game.
Bowe had five catches for 107 yards, and Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop booted five field goals. Donovan McNabb threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns in the loss, but also threw an interception. Adrian Peterson rushed for 80 yards for the Vikings, and Percy Harvin had a combined 109 yards on nine touches for Minnesota.
The win lifts the Chiefs to 1-3 on the season, and the Vikings fall to 0-4 with the loss.
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