The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and it'll be a big test for the defense, which was markedly improved in Week 3. After surrendering 40-plus points in the first two games, the Chiefs defense stepped it up and held the San Diego Chargers to just 20 points.
This time around they'll face arguably the best running back in the NFL in Adrian Peterson. He's averaging 5.1 yards per carry, which is an awesome number for someone not named Jamaal Charles, and after giving him just five carries in the second half last week, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier suggested on Monday they'll have a renewed commitment to Peterson moving forward.
What we have to make sure we are always conscious of, and I have to remind myself of this; even if Adrian gets stopped for a negative gain, or two yards because they have so many people at the line of scrimmage, he is such a great player that even against eight-man fronts he can still make something happen and you can't ever forget that.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley always says the team's No.1 goal is to stop the run and that's never been truer than this week. Donovan McNabb is having a pedestrian season with just 478 passing yards through three games so, like the Chiefs, stopping the Vikings means stopping the run.