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Vikings Will Try To Solve Second Half Woes Against Chiefs

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The Minnesota Vikings have played 182 minutes of football in this 2011 season thus far. They have trailed for exactly six minutes and 51 seconds worth of those 182 minutes, but that's been enough for them to start off a season with an 0-3 mark for just the fourth time in franchise history. The other seasons that saw the Vikings start off 0-3 were 1962 (when they started 0-5), 1967 (when they started 0-4), and 2002 (when they started 0-4). Minnesota has blown halftime leads of 10, 17, and 20 points in their first three games of the season, while getting outscored by a margin of 67-6 after coming out of the locker room at halftime.

Their opponents on Sunday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs, have the same record as the Vikings, but have not done it in the same way. In their first two games of the year, the Chiefs lost to the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions by a combined score of 89-10. They showed a much better performance this past Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, but lost by a score of 20-17. The Chiefs had a chance to drive down the field at the end of the game, but Chiefs' quarterback Matt Cassel threw an inexplicable interception on a screen pass on Kansas City's final drive to preserve the game for San Diego.

This game is the only match-up of the weekend that will pit teams looking for their first win against one another. The Chiefs and Vikings are two of only five teams in the National Football League (along with the Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams, and Miami Dolphins) that are winless through the first three weeks of the 2011 NFL season.

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