The Chiefs plan to have Patrick Mahomes back under community for Sunday’s home game against the Vikings after the star quarterback missed the last game with a disengaged knee top.
That is the uplifting news for Kansas City. The all the more overwhelming news for the 5-3 Chiefs, who’ve strangely lost their previous three games at home (where they for the most part are unparalleled): They play a 6-2 Vikings group that comes in hot, having won its previous four games.
Obnoxiously, the Vikings are a bunch right now.
Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook drives the NFL in hurrying yards (823) and touchdowns (nine). They has 293 accepting yards, which makes their the NFL pioneer in yards from scrimmage with 1,116.
Frequently censured Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is the most smoking QB in the association, having finished 91 of 116 passes (78.4 percent) for 1,261 yards, 10 TDs and just a single block attempt in the previous four games. Cousins’ passer rating of 137.1 during the four-game series of wins is best in the alliance in that range.
This game displays a decent challenge for Cousins, who has a verifiably poor record against winning groups — 6-27. The Vikings’ successes during their four-game streak came over the Giants (2-6), Eagles (4-4), Lions (3-3-1) and Redskins (1-7).
The Chiefs, with Mahomes or without, figure to be an increasingly troublesome obstacle for Cousins and his odd battle to destruction winning groups.
Possibly the reality Vikings mentor Mike Zimmer possesses a 4-1 record against AFC West groups will balance the Cousins battle against winning groups.
The normal return of beginning recipient Adam Thielen from hamstring damage should support Cousins. In this way, as well, should the nearness of collector Stefon Diggs, who’s been ablaze generally.
Only half a month back, Diggs was grousing about his job. This is the thing that he has done in the previous three games: seven gets for 167 yards against the Eagles, 7-for-143 against the Lions and 7-for-143 against the Redskins.
Minnesota’s offense positions third in yards per game (396.5), yards per play (6.43) and surging yards per game (160.1), sixteenth in passing yards per game (236.4) and tenth in focuses per game (26.4).
The Chiefs are tied for sixteenth for focuses permitted (22.6), position 24th in yards permitted per game (377.0), 30th in surging yards permitted per game (145.0) and eleventh in passing yards permitted per game (232.0).
Protectively, the Vikings rank third in focuses permitted (16.5), eighth in passing safeguard (224.5 yards per game) and seventh in hurrying guard (89.4 yards per game). They’re third in the group in scoring focuses differential at in addition to 79—trailing only the Patriots and 49ers, who are both undefeated.
The Vikings guard has permitted just one surging touchdown this season, the least in the NFL.
With Mahomes back, the Chiefs figure to slant a portion of those Minnesota protective numbers. They was recorded as flawed on the week’s last damage report, and Coach Andy Reid has been hesitant about if Mahomes will play.
Without Mahomes, understudy veteran reinforcement Matt Moore would begin in his place. In a week ago’s misfortune to the Packers, Moore finished 24 of 36 goes for 267 yards with two TDs and no INTs in their first start since 2017.
“It was nothing new,” Moore told journelists. “I’ve been in this situation before.”
Zimmer advised columnists they are set up to face either QB.
“We have obviously different calls for both quarterbacks,” Zimmer said.
“Then you have your basic things that you try to do to stop the offense. But you have to prepare for both.”Mike Zimmer
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