Week 3 Preview, Minnesota at Kansas City

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It is agreed upon by most knowledgeable NFL football fans that the Minnesota Vikings’ offense is lacking, so to speak. But at the same time, their defense has kept them in all of the games they have played so far. The Kansas City Chiefs, on the other hand, have an even worse offense than the Vikings thus far. The Vikings have some issues to address before their game on Sunday against the Chiefs.

It is looking more likely that Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will not suit up for this game, so either reserve QB Brooks Bollinger or even Kelly Holcomb will start depending on who has the better practice sessions prior to gametime. Running back Adrian Peterson has proved his worth thus far; he will need more help not so much from the running attack point of view, but from pass catching. In other words, the Vikings’ wide receivers will need to get more involved (Peterson leads the Vikings in receiving yardage with 112 yards).

The Chiefs, on the other hand, have an even worse offense than the Vikings. QB Damon Huard has thrown for a weak 343 yards and will be sorely tested once again. RB Larry Johnson has rushed for only 98 yards thus far and will have to improve on that, although he will be going up against one of the better run defenses in the league. The Chiefs’ safety net this week could be very well tight end Tony Gonzalez as their main WR, Eddie Kennison is out this week. The Chiefs’ defense, ranked 8th in the NFL so far, will have to step up yet again this week; fortunately for them, defensive end Jared Allen will return to their team.

Historically, the Vikings have little luck against their NFC opponents on away games, having lost 12 of their last 13 games. The Chiefs on the other hand, have went 20-4 against NFC teams at home since 1995, best in the league during that period. Regardless of those factoids, the Vikings’ defense will seal the win and boost them to 2-1.


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