The Vikings started Sunday night’s game on a shaky foot as Josh Dobbs fumbled on their opening drive, giving Denver an early lead. But Minnesota quickly regained momentum and took a 10-9 halftime lead over Denver. Dobbs threw a 3-yard touchdown to Josh Oliver and Greg Joseph hit a 34-yard field goal for the Vikings’ points. Wil Lutz added two more with 31-yard field goals and then a 52 yarder as time expired in the second quarter.
Despite the turnover, the Vikings have been making a concerted effort to run the ball with Alexander Mattison taking 10 carries for 50 yards and Ty Chandler having 30 yards on six carries. Dobbs has also been performing well, going 11-of-13 for 126 yards with a touchdown. However, there have been some snap problems with Dobbs and center Garrett Bradbury, with Dobbs fumbling two of them. Fortunately, he was able to recover both to prevent a turnover.
On the other hand, Denver hasn’t had much going throughout the half, managing only two scoring drives in the second quarter. They are still struggling on third downs, going 0-of-5, but have five first downs and just 16 rushing yards. Russell Wilson is doing his part by going 13-of-17 for 132 yards, while Courtland Sutton leads with two catches for 38 yards.
In summary, both teams have had their ups and downs in the first half of Sunday night’s game. While Minnesota has managed to overcome their initial turnover and take a lead over Denver into halftime, they will need to continue working on their snap problems if they want to maintain this advantage in the second half of the game.