The Minnesota Vikings are set to take on the Kansas City Chiefs at 12 pm local time at TCF Bank Stadium in Saint Paul. Below are a few things you need to know about Sunday’s contest.
Minnesota vs Kansas City will be televised live on CBS with Greg Gumbel and Trent Green on the call. The game will be broadcast on the radio on FM 100.3 with the voice of the Vikings Paul Allen on the call for KFAN.
Jamal Charles Hurt
Perhaps the biggest factor heading into Sunday’s game is that Chiefs running back Jamal Charles is out for the season with an ACL injury. The Chiefs were already only the 18th best rushing team in the NFL and that rank is likely to plummet with Kansas City’s star running back missing in action. Charcandrick West is going to get most of the snaps in the Chiefs backfield and the Vikings defense should be able to “tee off.” With Alex Smith not attempting many downfield passes to begin with, Minnesota should be able to have one of their, if not their best defensive game this season.
Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson should play
According to the Vikings wide receiver’s Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson are listed as probable for Sunday’s contest. That means Cordarrelle Patterson could be inactive after Stefon Digg’s performance last week. Defensive lineman Justin Trattou is officially listed as OUT and will miss the game.
Betting Lines and Odds
The Vikings are listed as four point favorites according Bovada and the over/under on total points for the game is set at 43.5 points. The Vikings are 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games which puts them in good position for a win on Sunday.
Fantasy Football Implications
Obviously Adrian Peterson is a must start in all fantasy football formats however a couple of other Vikings may factor into your fantasy football decisions this weekend. QB Teddy Bridewater is listed as a sleeper this week by CBS Sports and the aforementioned Stefon Diggs could factor in as a deep sleeper in standard fantasy football leagues or as an extremely cheap option in a daily fantasy football lineup. Diggs costs just $4,500 on Fanduel and could be a viable option for a player looking to stack the other wide receiver positions and/or running backs.
Coming off of their bye week I like the Vikings to come out extremely motivated and defeat the Chiefs 27-20 at home. Charles’ injury coupled with the Vikings time off should lead to a relatively easy victory for the purple on Sunday.