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The Minnesota Vikings visit Arrowhead Stadium for a Week 9 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Kickoff is set for 12 noon (Arrowhead Standard Time). The game will be broadcast on Fox — locally on WDAF/4.
The Chiefs lead the AFC West with a 5-3 record but are coming off their third consecutive home loss: a 31-24 defeat at the hands of the Green Bay Packers last Sunday night. The Vikings are right behind the Packers in the NFC North with a 6-2 record, coming in to Sunday’s game with a four-game winning streak — most recently a 19-9 win over the Washington Redskins.
The Chiefs offense — normally led by 2018 MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes — will likely feature veteran backup Matt Moore while Mahomes continues to recover from the dislocated kneecap he sustained in the Week 7 game against the Denver Broncos. Against the Packers on Sunday, Moore was surprisingly effective — completing 24 of 36 passes for 267 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Now in his eighth NFL season, 31-year-old Kirk Cousins is at the midpoint of what might be his best career season. The Vikings quarterback leads the NFL in completion percentage (72.1%) and yards per attempt (9.3). He’s thrown 13 touchdown passes and only three interceptions this season — and possesses a passer rating of 115.2. That’s second only to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid may be the franchise’s 13th head coach, but he hasn’t been unlucky in Kansas City. He already has the best coaching record in franchise history and is the only head coach who has lead the team to three straight division championships. Viking head coach Mike Zimmer became the team’s ninth head coach in 2014 and is serving in his sixth season at the helm of the team. The Vikings have won two division championships during Zimmer’s tenure.
For the second consecutive week, the Chiefs are hosting a former Super Bowl opponent at Arrowhead. The Chiefs lost to the Green Bay Packers — their Week 8 opponent — in Super Bowl I, and defeated the Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV. The two teams have played only 11 regular-season games since then, with the Chiefs winning six of them. Their last meeting was during Week 6 of 2015 in Minnesota, when the Chiefs fell to 1-5 on the season after losing 16-10. But the Chiefs would go on to win 11 straight games — including their first playoff win since 1993.
Nuts and bolts
Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Playing surface: Natural grass
Game time: 12 noon Arrowhead Time, Sunday, November 3, 2019
Parking lots open: 7 a.m. Arrowhead Time
Stadium gates open: 10 a.m. Arrowhead Time
Road construction note: The Missouri department of Transportation has commenced a multi-year construction project on sections of I-435 and I-70. Be advised that there will be detours on game day at the I-435 and I-70 Interchange for travelers on southbound I-435 toward Arrowhead Stadium. Complete information regarding detours and construction plans can be found at modot.org/node/16145 and modot.org/i-435-and-i-70-interchange.
Matchup history: 6-5 Chiefs (regular season)
Odds: Vikings -3.5
Officials: Referee Alex Kemp (55), umpire Rich Hall (49), down judge Mike Carr (63), line judge Jeff Bergman (32), field judge John Jenkins (117), side judge Dale Shaw (104), back judge Steve Freeman (133), replay official Mike Chase and replay assistant Marvin LeBlanc.
Arrowhead Pride Tailgate: with Pete Sweeney and Kent Swanson, 10 a.m. (Arrowhead Time) on 610Sports and 610Sports.Radio.com.
Arrowhead Pride Post-game Show: with Pete Sweeney and Jay Binkley, immediately following the game on 610Sports and 610Sports.Radio.com. Also available after its conclusion on the Arrowhead Pride Podcast Channel.
Online Stream: Fubo.TV
Chiefs Spanish radio broadcast: with Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and Hannah Bassham on La Mega 100.5 FM and 1160 AM (Tico Sports)
Vikings radio broadcast: with Paul Allen and Pete Bercich on KFAN (100.3 FM-Minneapolis/St.Paul), KTLK (1130 AM-Minneapolis/St.Paul) and Vikings Radio Network affiliates
Enemy SB Nation site: Daily Norseman
Twitter: Arrowhead Pride
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