Once again, it's time to put your predictions for this week's Minnesota Vikings contest out there, as they prepare to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 6 NFL action. Here is our prediction widget from our friends at The Crowd's Line.
Frankly, if the Vikings are going to be taken seriously as a contender the rest of the way, this is a game they need to win to get things started. The Chiefs, while they have some talent, are clearly reeling right now, and are dealing with the loss of the one true offensive threat they have on their roster in running back Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs have also allowed quarterback Alex Smith to be sacked a league-high 22 times in their first five games, a fact that has to have guys like Everson Griffen and Anthony Barr absolutely salivating.
Without Charles, I think the Chiefs are going to have a real issue sustaining drives and getting any sort of real offensive momentum going. That means more opportunities for the Adrian Peterson-led Vikings offense to grind the Kansas City defense down, and this could be the week that the passing offense really gets going. The Vikings' top three receivers (Mike Wallace, Charles Johnson, Jarius Wright) are all hobbled a bit, but as we saw in the game at Denver, the Vikings can plug in guys like Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen and still be productive throwing the football if they need to.
I'm hesitant to predict blowout victories for our favorite football team, so I won't. After all, a lot of us expected this team to score a blowout victory in Week 1, and we saw how that went. So, for now, I'll go with a relatively conservative prediction of Vikings 27, Chiefs 17.
How about you folks? Who do you have this week?