Week 9: 2019 NFL Season (100th NFL Season)
Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 @ 1:00 p.m. ET on FOX (Arrowhead Stadium)
Moneyline: Vikings -210, Chiefs +180
Over/Under: 46.5; Vikings -4.5 (-210)
The Minnesota Vikings will head on the road to Arrowhead Stadium for a Week 9 showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Minnesota has won 4 of their last 5 games due to their booming offense and is on a mission to take the No.1 spot in the NFC North. Meanwhile, the Chiefs has lost 3 of their last 4 games, despite still remaining as the top team in the AFC West. Will the Vikings running game continue to give them a boost? Or can the Chiefs pull off a home win without possibly having their star QB on board?
Vikings’ Offense All Locked In
The Vikings running game should play a huge factor in this week’s matchup.
Dalvin Cook is on a roll, accumulating 240 rushing yards in his last two games against the Lions and Redskins. The running back has now rushed for over 100 yards in five of eight games on the season. Cook leads the entire NFL with 823 rushing yards, and he is averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
Besides the running game. the Vikings offense is clicking in all areas. QB Kirk Cousins has recorded at least 280 passing yards in four straight games, and he has accumulated 1997 passing yards with a 13:3 TD to INT ratio in the season. WR Stefon Diggs has tallied at least 143 receiving yards in each of his last three games and 706 yards overall so far in the season.
Once these three players get going, it can be difficult for many defenses to stop them.
Chiefs Look To Stay Strong Without Mahomes
The biggest story surrounding the Chiefs as of late has been the status of QB Patrick Mahomes.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, he has an ‘outside chance’ of playing in this game, but is more likely to return in Week 10 instead.
Backup QB Matt Moore has played well in place of Mahomes. He recorded 117 passing yards in about half the game against the Denver Broncos in week seven and 267 passing yards with two touchdowns in the loss to Green Bay.
The area for concern for the Chiefs currently is their defense. Their pass defense is 11th in the NFL, while they will squander rushing yards as seen in their 30th ranked rush defense. Kansas City is scoring an average of 28.2 points, ranking them fourth in the NFL. They are conceding an average of 22.6 points, pegging them 17th overall. This has resulted in the Chiefs being 1-3 at home.
The Final Verdict
Minnesota has a great chance to cover the spread in this game. Kirk Cousins is getting into a nice groove, which in turn has made his offense more productive and better.
On the other hand, while Matt Moore has been productive in the absence of Mahomes, the Vikings defense could shut him down. Kansas City hasn’t been quite sharp since their 4-0 start. They still do not have a productive running game as they are only averaging 83 rushing yards per game. Even if Mahomes somehow was able to play, the Vikings offense will shine through enough to get the road win.