Week 9 finds us at Arrowhead Stadium to see the Minnesota Vikings take on the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs are coming into the game after losing to the Green Bay Packers, and the Vikings are on a roll after beating the Washington Redskins at home.
We know what we’re getting with Kirk Cousins and his team. Cousins has been playing well this season, even earning October’s NFC offensive player of the month honor. Many fans might overlook the Vikings because, well, it’s the Vikings. They shouldn’t be discounted, especially if Cousins and the offense plays well with minimum mistakes.
Most fans are concerned about what the game holds for the Chiefs, especially since it looks like Patrick Mahomes will be out for another week.
All of the losses for the Chiefs this season have occurred at home and another might occur if players or coaches have gone about their days as if the Vikings game is a trap game. The Chiefs will have to be even more diligent in their game planning if they want to celebrate a win at Arrowhead. The Chiefs’ defense will need to pick up even more slack than it has been for their offense since it’s not as dynamic and overwhelming while Mahomes is out.
If Cousins is having a great day, expect him and his offense to try to wear down the Chiefs’ defense. The Vikings’ defense will try to get to the quarterback, most likely Matt Moore and not Mahomes, to disrupt and collect as many sacks as they can. The Vikings can secure a win if they can control possession of the ball and if they can force the Chiefs’ offense to make mistakes.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019
Start time: 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Kansas City, Mo.
Stadium: Arrowhead Stadium
TV Info: FOX
Point Spread: MIN: -3.5 (-110) | KC: +3.5 (-110)
Moneyline: MIN: (-188) | KC: (+162)
This game will tell us more about the Chiefs than the Vikings. We might even see a back-and-forth game, similar last week’s Chiefs-Packers contest, where the winner is decided by whoever has the ball last. The Chiefs will eke out a win this week, if only to show the NFL they can win without Mahomes.