KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jared Allen stood inside the visiting locker room at Arrowhead Stadium, down the hall from where he made his name as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, and tried to find something positive in another tough defeat.

“The good news is that we didn’t give a game away this time,” he said. “We just got beat.”

It all counts the same in the standings.

The Vikings, who blew big first-half leads each of their first three games, failed to mount a potential winning drive in the closing minutes Sunday. They wound up losing 22-17 to Kansas City, sending them to 0-4 for the first time since 2002.

“We’ve got to figure out a way to win,” Allen said. “Congrats to them — they played tough. For the most part, we held them to field goals and we were happy with that. But the one big play goes for a touchdown and that’s the difference in the game.”

That big play happened early in the fourth quarter, when quarterback Matt Cassel dropped back to pass and Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin slipped to the turf.

Dwayne Bowe breezed past him and hauled in the catch, made a pirouette to get around safety Jamarca Sanford, then broke Griffen’s tackle and trotted into the end zone.

“It was a simple play, a simple hitch-and-go route,” Bowe said of the 52-yard grab, which made it 22-10. “Coach told me, ‘If I call this, will you score?’ And I told him, ‘Coach, all you have to do is put it in my hands.”‘

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Cassel said the Chiefs saw a weakness in the Minnesota defense and drew the play up on the fly, just like a bunch of kids on a school-yard playground.

“It was a great adjustment by our coaching staff,” Cassel said. “They saw that they were jumping some of those routes, intermediate routes, so we thought we had an opportunity.”

The Vikings answered with a 13-play drive that Donovan McNabb capped with a short pass to Michael Jenkins for Minnesota’s first second-half touchdown of the season.

The defense held to give McNabb time to mount a potential game-winning drive, but after picking up a first down, four straight incompletions effectively ended the game.

“It’s frustrating. We’ve got to go back and do the same thing we’ve been doing the last couple of weeks and try to find a solution,” McNabb said. “We have the players. It’s just kind of doing it together.”

McNabb finished 18 of 30 for 202 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Adrian Peterson carried 23 times for 80 yards in another underwhelming performance.

“It’s hard to get a W in this league, and we don’t want to settle for losses,” Griffin said. “We need to start executing and stop talking. We have a lot of talent on this team and it’s sad to see that we don’t have a W yet.”

Ryan Succop was perfect on five field-goal attempts for Kansas City, the total matching Jan Stenerud and Nick Lowery for the single-game franchise record. One of the them was a 54-yarder in the second half that gave Kansas City a 12-10 lead, and a 22-yarder a few minutes later extended the advantage.

That’s when Cassel hooked up with Bowe on the long touchdown pass.

The Chiefs have gotten better each week despite losing All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles, Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry and tight end Tony Moeaki to season-ending injuries.

The defending AFC West champs lost to Buffalo 41-7 in their opener and were trounced 48-3 at Detroit, before nearly rallying in a 20-17 loss to San Diego. The miserable start had some fans calling for coach Todd Haley and general manager Scott Pioli to be fired.

The heat is off for a week.

It’s still on Leslie Frazier and the Vikings.

“When you’re 0-4, you don’t want to stay status-quo,” the Vikings’ coach said. “Just take a look at what you are doing, what you can do better. … We’ll go back, look at this tape, look at every position, try to see what we can do to have every position play better.”

Notes: McNabb’s touchdown pass was his 233rd, breaking a tie with Steve Young for 21st on the career list. … Tamba Hali finished with two sacks for Kansas City. … Allen had a pair of sacks, and has five in his last two games. … The Chiefs had not led this season until Succop’s first field goal made it 3-0. … Cassel finished 18 of 29 for 260 yards. Bowe had five catches for 107 yards.

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Comments (37)
  1. Sarah says:

    What a shtty team……….I don’t see them winning a game.
    McNabb is horrible!!

    1. Jake says:

      Did you get it on VIDEO?? Was the heshe wearing blonde pigtails?? SCOOBY DOO!!

  2. A great day again says:

    Thanks for making another Sunday a good day. Watching these losers play the worst team in Football and losing. Even hard up LA looking for a team wouldn’t want them. Rotflmao

  3. hey hey hey says:

    That’s an awfully harsh comment. What’s really happening here is a cry for a new stadium. If we agree to build them a new stadium at taxpayer expense, they may just end the season with a win.

    1. Hey Get a life says:

      Not a harsh comment as I see it. If there is a cry for a new stadium let the billionaire build it. No tax dollars. It what you whining Viking fans don’t understand. Your a minority in the state not a majority. People are trying to put food on the table not support a bunch of losers

      1. v says:

        Get a life? How about you getting a G.E.D. Learn how to spell, you moron.
        Our tax dollars paid for your education. The least you could have done was pay attention in class. What a tool.

  4. keeping it real in Minnesota says:

    The team leadership needs to take responsibility and make the tough choices. Mcnabb being brought in is a washout, we don’t have any receivers that can get open, and the O.L. is the worst I have ever seen………MAKE CHANGES NOW.

  5. Guy says:

    ah ah ah – BAD Vikings – no cookie for you (no new stadium either)

  6. Joe A. says:

    It doesn’t matter what happens with the Vikings these days. The owner is making more money than ever. The players are richer than ever. Who cares about winning? As long as the fans continue to buy tickets, everything is fine. After the strike, the only losers are the fans. So why watch? At least the Gophers aren’t getting rich by playing.

    The owner, with no contacts with Minnesota, continues to operate a training center for head coach hopefuls. The last one was worthless, but Childress appears to have been better than Fraizer. He was able to win once and a while.

    Let Jared Allen keep telling us how great the defense is playing. He talks a good game. I hope the Vikings trade Adrian Peterson to a contender so that he might better be able to reach his potential.

    I only hope that the Lynx can avoid the Minnesota curse and bring a championship home. And those women don’t play for the money.

  7. B.Grant says:

    Whatta bunch of GirlyMen this team is..I’m so glad these prima donna hoodrat ignorant,illiterate Chimps are 0-4..It’ll help the move them to another city dumb enough to take em.

  8. MrB says:

    Really, seriously!???? People actually care what the vikings did, such a beautiful day out, if you sat inside and watched them, then you get a big “L” on your head!

  9. Sarah says:

    yeah…….OK Pal………….why don’t you go find some pole!

      1. MrB says:

        I think you could use a pole he he he!

  10. 0 - 4 says:

    No Statium No Vikings.

  11. Jay says:

    fire Leslie Frazier….because he clearly cant win or call the right plays…

    its gets old year after year of worthless QB and losings and talk about the head coach ..get rid of them …

  12. Jimmy Kim says:

    Farve was better…and would have won a couple of these games. McNabb could not hit the back of an o-linemen with the ball. Where are all of the SKOL VIKINGS fans who usually post on these blogs? Probably buying bbq sause for their crow. The queens suck and have the worst fans in the game. But one thing the queens fans and I can agree on…even with the superbowel championship, the packer still s@u@c@k!!

  13. The Crux of the Buscuit says:

    “Masters of Disasters”………

  14. Grabby McKay says:

    It’s obvious what the answer is: The Vikings need a QB who is even older than the ones we have had for the last few years. Don’t worry about giving the young Ponder some game time playing, just keep him on the bench and play the senior citizens.

  15. james kellen says:

    vikie queens suck . then want a new stadium . you joking and the millions spend on the new qb 45 millions and a 30 million bonous. biig waste of money

    1. @James Kellen says:

      1st off you’re the least literate human ever, second off Mcnabb is making about 7 million lol, you’re quite informed.

  16. Bob says:

    McNabb needs to be BENCHED. Let Ponder or Webb give it a try. Mcnabb could have gotten that 4th down if he would have run for it. Bench his A$$. Can’t get any worse if we give some one else a try at getting at least some touchdowns.

  17. AntiTeabagger says:

    Fire Leslie Frazier and trade McSlabb now!

  18. Jake says:

    LA can have ’em. The NFL will NEVER let them win a Super Bowl anyway. So what’s the point?? One disappointment after another. All of you showing up at the next home game are just perpetuating the inevitable. BOYCOTT THE SEATS. See what happens when those of us watching on TV see a half-empty metrodome, then watch the NFL ratings and revenues drop off of the cliff!! Maybe THAT will get somebody’s attention.

    1. @Jake says:

      Mr. unintelligent if the game isn’t sold out it will be blacked out so you’ll never see the game, people like you annoy me so bad you know nothing about anything, yet speak it kills me.

  19. jeff says:

    0-4 well u can say our season is over we need to let Ponder play to get the practice just maybe we will be suprized and start winning games please put Ponder in. Just think he could be a Rogers in a few years

  20. jes says:

    ziggy, you can leave now. And take vikings with you.

  21. Pat says:

    VIKINGS GO AWAY. You don’t deserve the name, you give the Vikings from our history a bad name. I wish they were still around to get rid of you.

  22. El gato says:

    The football gods are giving the Vikes punishment for hiring Brett Favre and trying to beat the Packers. In the meantime, the Packers have seen tremendous success since they let the crybaby retire like he said he wanted.

    1. @EL Losero says:

      Favre beat the packers 2 years ago twice when the packers were 6-10, solid memory you have, and that year the vikes missed the Super Bowl by 1 play, I doubt the vikes and fans are to dissapointed Favre came here.

  23. Elmo says:

    Win or lose, as long as the fans fill the stands both Zigy and the players will get ever richer. And that’s perfectly fine – as long as the taxpayers don’t have to spend a single cent on a new stadium!

  24. just sayin says:

    I was golfing… I knew they were gonna lose. Jus like last weekend… I knew they were gonna lose, so I went golfing then too.

  25. ~Grandsons play better up north~ says:

    What a pathetic bunch. I’ll be watching the Packers shine some more. Awesome game.
    When the Vikes leave, can they take the Twins with them? They got a new stadium and they STILL couldn’t win.

    1. @wrinkleed&rotted says:

      Old wrinkly gross person no one cares about you’re mixbred grandsons, wow Twins had 1 bad year, neither team cares if you’re a fan, or if you live another day.

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