Minnesota Vikings: Studs and duds vs. Chiefs in Week 9

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Stud: Laquon Treadwell

Laquon Treadwell was very active in the Minnesota passing game on offense in the early portion of the game on Sunday afternoon to lead the Vikings wide receiving group in the contest. The wide receiver, who was cut by Minnesota earlier in the year while not having a great stretch in his professional career to this point, finished the game with a team-best 58 yards receiving on three catches and a total of five targets.

Treadwell also finished with a game-long reception of 26 yards to pace the Vikings offensive passing game. Although it wasn’t in a winning effort, it was good to see Treadwell have a good game for Minnesota and provide it with yet another option in the passing game on offense for the rest of the season.

Dud: Giving up the big plays on defense

The Chiefs have a high-powered offensive unit and one that can turn things up in a hurry regardless of who is under center for the Kansas City offense, but the Vikings defense and especially their secondary had a rough second half in the contest while giving up big plays to Kansas City.

Most notably, in the third quarter, the Chiefs were able to obtain and regain momentum on their home field thanks to two big plays that allowed Kansas City to take the lead at the time midway through the third frame.

The first big play game from Damien Williams and his 91-yard touchdown run that pushed the Chiefs ahead of the Vikings, followed up by a few large pass completions to Tyreek Hill and other Chiefs receivers that made the game interesting the second half.

Minnesota needs to limit the number of big plays it allows on the defensive end of the field, avoiding shooting itself in the foot throughout the course of a game.