At halftime of “Sunday Night Football,” the visiting Minnesota Vikings hold a 10-9 lead over the Denver Broncos.
The Vikes bounced back from an inopportune start, as the opening possession of the game ended with a Josh Dobbs fumble deep in their own territory. Dobbs briefly exited the game and had to be checked out in the medical tent, but he came back in and completed 11 of 13 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown to tight end Josh Oliver, which came on a scramble deep in the low red zone.
The Broncos did not get all that much going offensively, running just 24 plays and gaining only five first downs — two of which came on their two-minute drive to end the half. A significant chunk of their total yardage came on one 33-yard pass to Courtland Sutton, while they failed to convert any of their third downs and went 0-for-2 on their red zone opportunities. Those failures, plus Dobbs’ scrambling and the Vikings’ surprisingly efficient run game (5.0 yards per carry from Alexander Mattison and Ty Chandler) led to Minnesota’s halftime lead.
Can the Vikings maintain their lead, or will the Broncos stage a comeback? We’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime, keep it locked on our live blog throughout the rest of the evening as we update you with stats, scores, and highlights.