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Kansas City Chiefs at Minnesota Vikings: First Quarter Open Thread

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-4) WEEK 6 MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-2)

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Date: 18 October 2015
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 12:00 PM Central Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium
TV: CBS
DirecTV Ch 708
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 229
Sirius Ch 121
TV Announcers: Greg Gumbel
Trent Green
Know Thy Foe: Arrowhead Pride
Weather: 54 degrees, winds from the SE at 10-15 MPH, 0% chance of rain
Line: Minnesota -4, Over/Under 43.5 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds Page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 27, Chiefs 17
Final Score: Vikings 16, Chiefs 10


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After having to suffer through the bye week, we are now less than an hour away from Minnesota Vikings football, as they get ready to line it up at home against the reeling Kansas City Chiefs. Both of these teams are coming off of pretty tough losses, and both will be looking to get back on the right track in this one.

So, what do the Vikings have to do in order to make sure they're the team that gets into the win column this afternoon?

1) Tackling, tackling, tackling - The Kansas City offense, led by quarterback Alex Smith, does not go downfield very much. That means that when Smith drops back to pass, you can expect to see a lot of short-to-mid range passing, which makes it imperative that the Vikings' back seven wrap up and tackle to minimize yardage after the catch. The Chiefs will try to dink and dunk their way down the field against an aggressive Minnesota defense, and the Vikings have to make them execute rather than giving them free yardage.

2) Get the passing game going - The passing attack showed some real signs of life in Denver in Week 4, despite being down two of their top three receivers and going against what might be the NFL's best defense. The Chiefs, on the other hand, have been pretty bad against the pass thus far in 2015. They're allowing opposing quarterbacks to pass for a composite quarterback rating of 102.3 and are 27th in the league in terms of yardage allowed through the air. The Kansas City defense will almost certainly be focused on stopping Adrian Peterson, which should open things up for Teddy Bridgewater and company to make some plays down the field.

3) Don't get overconfident - Yes, the Chiefs have lost their last four games and have lost their best player in running back Jamaal Charles. This is the sort of game that the Vikings, on paper, absolutely should win. However, they can't allow themselves to get into the mindset that this is going to be a walk-over. They may have had that mindset going into the season opener in San Francisco, and wound up getting waxed as a result. I have the feeling that Mike Zimmer and company aren't about to let that happen again.

Minnesota Vikings football is back, ladies and gentlemen. . .here's hoping that they can get out of this one with a victory and that this can be the start of something big for our favorite football team.

SKOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!