By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports activities Author
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes was almost good Friday evening, throwing for 117 yards and two scores in his solely two probabilities with the ball and main the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs to a 28-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings of their preseason finale.
Mahomes was sharper than he’d been his first two exhibitions, ending 8 of 9 with the one miss a throwaway with no person open. Mahomes capped his first sequence towards Minnesota with a 35-yard throw to Tyreek Hill, who’d run proper by former Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland, then capped the second with a brief TD cross to tight finish Blake Bell.
Mahomes’ counterpart, Kirk Cousins, wasn’t almost as efficient for Minnesota. He led the Vikings to a area purpose on his first offensive sequence however went three-and-out on every of the following two, ending 5 of seven for 57 yards. Cousins regarded out of sync along with his receivers and took an enormous loss on a sack by Anthony Hitchens.
Chiefs backup Chad Henne did not play Friday evening, so Shane Buechele acquired loads of work. The rookie was sharp driving KC for a TD and a 21-3 halftime lead, however Buechele additionally threw a pick-six to Parry Nickerson within the fourth quarter.
The Vikings’ protection scored two touchdowns throughout their three preseason losses. Their offense scored just one, a 32-yard scamper by backup working again A.J. Rose Jr. halfway via the third quarter Friday evening.
Derrick Gore answered with a 56-yard catch-and-run to assist Kansas Metropolis end 3-0 within the preseason.
Defensive ends Chris Jones (sinus an infection) and Frank Clark (hamstring), working backs Clyde Edward-Helaire (ankle) and Darrel Williams (concussion) and defensive again Rashad Fenton (hamstring) didn’t play for Kansas Metropolis.
Defensive finish Everson Griffen, who signed with Minnesota for the veteran minimal this week, joined the workforce for its last gown rehearsal. Additionally available was Nate Stanley, regardless of stories citing nameless sources that mentioned the backup quarterback didn’t make the journey due to damage.
It was 91 levels at kickoff with a warmth index of 96, although at the very least many of the area was shaded. These followers sitting behind the Minnesota bench on the north facet of Arrowhead Stadium additionally spent the primary half baking within the setting solar.
The Chiefs donated $10,000 to a scholarship fund at Howard College in honor of Terez Paylor, the longtime NFL author for the Kansas Metropolis Star and Yahoo! Sports activities who died earlier this 12 months. Mayor Quinton Lucas signed a proclamation making it Terez A. Paylor Day in Kansas Metropolis, and the Chiefs retired his seat within the Arrowhead Stadium press field.
“Terez was an distinctive journalist whose ardour for soccer made him a revered voice,” mentioned his fiancée Ebony Reed. “His legacy of wonderful reporting with a human contact, deep data of soccer and being somebody who at all times had time to assist out a pal or supply mentorship will now impression future generations, too.”
Minnesota visits Cincinnati on Sept. 12 for the primary of back-to-back street video games to start out the season.
Kansas Metropolis awaits Cleveland on Sept. 12 in a rematch of final 12 months’s divisional-round playoff recreation.
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