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Halftime observations: Vikings 10, Chiefs 0

Chiefs strong safety Ron Parker (38) runs with his interception pursued by Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82), during the first half of Sunday’s football game in Minneapolis.
Chiefs strong safety Ron Parker (38) runs with his interception pursued by Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82), during the first half of Sunday’s football game in Minneapolis. AP

The Chiefs trail the Vikings 10-0 at halftime on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. Here are five observations.

1. This offense lacks an identify without Jamaal Charles. This is not a shock, but it’s stunning how ineffective the Chiefs have been early on. It’s going to take some time to find that identity, if they ever do.

2. The offensive line continues to struggle. Three players have been whistled for holding already, and Alex Smith has been sacked. What’s more, this is happening without the Vikings’ pass edge rusher, Everson Griffen, who is sitting out because of illness.

3. Referee Jerome Boger’s crew loves to throw the flag, and the Chiefs have certainly figured this out. The Chiefs have been whistled five times for 50 yards, compared to 3 for 30 for Minnesota.

4. The Chiefs’ corners have had a difficult time countering the speed of receivers Mike Wallace and Stefon Diggs. These two are eating up all the off coverage the Chiefs are giving them and putting in work.

5. One bright spot is the play of defensive end Allen Bailey, who was unblockable in the first half. He recorded a sack, multiple hurries and was disruptive. He and Jaye Howard for an impressive tandem inside, which explains why Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has had a difficult time running the ball today — 17 carries for a measly 16 yards.

Terez A. Paylor: 816-234-4489, @TerezPaylor. Tap here to download the new Red Zone Extra app for iOS and Android devices.

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