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Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs: Key information and first quarter discussion

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We are just one hour away from kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium between the Kansas City Chiefs and your Minnesota Vikings as Week 9 in the NFL gets into full swing. The Vikings are looking for their fifth consecutive victory, while the Chiefs are hoping to get some of their home field mojo back this afternoon.

Here is everything you need to know about today’s game.

Date and Time: Sunday, 3 November 2019, noon Central time

Location: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Television Coverage: KSTP-9 in the Twin Cities, FOX affiliates throughout America, DirecTV Channel 709

Radio Coverage: Vikings Radio Network, Sirius Channel 108, XM Channel 226 (KC feed), SiriusXM App Channel 819

Line: Vikings -2.5, Over/Under 48

Chris’ Prediction: Vikings 27, Chiefs 24

Three keys

1) Continue pounding the run game - The reason for this is two-fold. First of all, it keeps the Kansas City offense and all of their weapons, even without Patrick Mahomes, off of the field. Second, the Chiefs have been abysmal against the run this season. If the Vikings can get Dalvin Cook (and Alexander Mattison) going early on, this team could be in for another big game on the ground and could open things up for the passing game as well.

2) Discipline on defense - The Chiefs are a team that lives on big plays. With players like Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill at their disposal, Kansas City can put together big chunks of yardage in a hurry. The Vikings need to stay disciplined and get those guys to the ground quickly to keep those big plays from developing. Keeping the yellow flags off the field will help, too.

3) Keep beating the blitz - Kansas City loves to blitz on defense, but Kirk Cousins is currently the highest-rated quarterback in the NFL against the blitz this season. Again, this is something that should line up well for the Vikings, and if they can keep the blitz from getting home, we should continue seeing more big plays from Stefon Diggs and company through the air. It will help the screen game, too.

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We’ll have things underway here shortly from Arrowhead. Remember that we’ll also have a brand new Open Thread at the start of each quarter, so keep your eyes open for that and move along accordingly.

With that, it’s time for football, ladies and gentlemen. Let’s hope that we can all meet back here to talk about how the Vikings picked up their fifth consecutive victory.

SKOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!