The Vikings began Sunday night’s game with a turnover, but quickly regained the lead over Denver. Quarterback Josh Dobbs scored a 3-yard touchdown to tight end Josh Oliver, while Greg Joseph hit a 34-yard field goal for Minnesota’s total of 10 points in the first half. Wil Lutz added two more field goals, including a 52-yarder that ended the second quarter.
On Minnesota’s opening drive, Dobbs fumbled while attempting to carry the ball on third-and-1. Tight end T.J. Hockenson pitched the ball to Dobbs, but he was hit hard and lost possession of it, allowing Denver to take an early lead. Despite this setback, the Vikings have focused on running the ball throughout the game. Alexander Mattison took 10 carries for 50 yards, while Ty Chandler had 30 yards on six attempts. Dobbs has been successful in passing attempts, going 11-of-13 for 126 yards with a touchdown. However, he has struggled with snapping issues and fumbled two of them during the first half. Despite these challenges, he was able to recover both to prevent turnovers from occurring.
In contrast, Denver did not make significant progress during the first half and had only one successful scoring drive in the second quarter. They were unable to convert on third downs (0-of-5), gained five first downs and had just 16 rushing yards after two hours of playtime at halftime. Russell Wilson went 13 out of his 17 passes for a total of 132 yards and Courtland Sutton led in receptions with two catches for a total of 38 yards by then