KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Matt Cassel made a winning return to Arrowhead Stadium, even if it was just a preseason game.
The quarterback who was booed, benched and eventually released two years ago by the Chiefs, threw for 152 yards and a touchdown Saturday night, leading the Minnesota Vikings to a 30-12 win over a scuffling Kansas City team dealing with a rash of injuries and suspensions.
Cassel also threw an interception before turning things over to Teddy Bridgewater in the third quarter. The rookie quarterback, who is still challenging for the starting job, threw a pair of touchdown passes to tight end Allen Reisner less than 2 minutes apart to seal the win.
They still have not scored a touchdown in 16 possessions this preseason.
While the third preseason game is typically a dress rehearsal for the regular season, both teams sat plenty of star power due to injuries and personal reasons.
Running back Adrian Peterson, excused from practice this week, dressed for the Vikings but did not play. Chiefs counterpart Jamaal Charles, dealing with a foot injury, also dressed after returning to practice Thursday, but did not see the field.
Other noteworthy players missing included Vikings safety Robert Blanton (hamstring) and defensive tackle Linval Joseph (calf), and Chiefs safety Eric Berry (heel), wide receivers Dwayne Bowe (quad) and Junior Hemingway (hip), and linebacker Joe Mays (wrist surgery).
All the missing pieces allowed several players trying to secure starting jobs and roster spots a chance to shine with the first round of cuts due Tuesday.
Jeff Linkenbach and Ricky Henry alternated at left guard for the Chiefs in place of Jeff Allen, who shifted to right tackle. He took the place of Donald Stephenson, who will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's drug policy.
Wide receiver Frankie Hammond also made a couple of nice catches for Kansas City. He started in place of Bowe, suspended for the season opener after his arrest last November.
Matt Asiata, starting in Peterson's place, ran for 48 yards on 11 carries.
Not everything went perfectly for Cassel after his long touchdown pass to Patterson gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead. He was sacked on third down on their ensuing possession, and was stripped of the ball by the Chiefs' Jaye Howard for a safety later in the first quarter.
Blair Walsh kicked a pair of field goals to extend Minnesota's lead to 13-5, and both teams pulled their starters in the third quarter. Bridgewater and Reisner connected twice in a span of 1 minute, 44 seconds later in the quarter to put things out of reach.
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The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a five-year contract extension with wide receiver Julio Jones. Sources say he will receive $71.25 million total, with $47.5 million guaranteed.
Randall Cobb, who took over for Jordy Nelson as the Packers' No. 1 receiver, was injured on the third play in Saturday's 39-26 preseason loss to the Eagles and was examined in the locker room.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins entered with a chance to secure a starting job and exited the same way after going 20-for-27 for 190 yards and a TD in Saturday night's win vs. the Ravens.
Bengals QB Andy Dalton left Saturday's 21-10 preseason win over the Bears as a precaution with a neck injury that appeared to happen on his first and only series of the night.
Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan will decide on his starting quarterback Sunday but will not make his decision public, hoping to keep the Indianapolis Colts -- the Bills' Week 1 foe, in the dark.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith and Washington Redskins cornerback Chris Culliver were ejected with less than a minute left in the first quarter of Saturday night's preseason game.