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NFL Betting Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Minnesota Vikings
October 8, 2023
Kansas City will be traveling to take on the Minnesota Vikings in an AFC vs. NFC matchup on Sunday afternoon from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota in week 5 of the NFL season.
The Kansas City Chiefs lost in week 1 at home against the Detroit Lions, however, they have won three games in a row including a narrow victory last week against the New York Jets while the Minnesota Vikings have struggled this season and one of the main reasons for their struggles has been the lack of a running game. Will the Chiefs extend their winning streak to four games or will the Vikings get the win at home? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.
Kansas City enters this game with a record of 3-1 following a 23-20 win on the road against the New York Jets while failing to cover the 8.5-point spread as a road favorite in week 4 of the NFL season. The Chiefs scored 23 points while compiling a total of 401 yards offensively which included 203 passing yards and 204 rushing yards while allowing 20 points and 336 total yards defensively which included 245 passing yards and 108 rushing yards. Patrick Mahomes led the team in passing, completing 18 of 30 attempts for 203 yards with a touchdown and an interception while rushing for 51 yards. Isiah Pacheco led the team in rushing with 20 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 43 yards. Travis Kelce led the team in receiving, catching six of nine targets for 60 yards.
The Minnesota Vikings enter this game with a record of 1-3 following a 21-13 win on the road against the Carolina Panthers while covering the 4-point spread as a road favorite in week 4 of the NFL season. Minnesota scored 21 points while compiling a total of 265 yards offensively which included 139 passing yards and 135 rushing yards while allowing 13 points and 232 total yards defensively which included 204 passing yards and 83 rushing yards. Kirk Cousins led the team in passing, completing 12 of 19 attempts for 139 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Alexander Mattison led the team in rushing with 17 carries for 95 yards while adding a reception for three yards. Justin Jefferson led the team in receiving, catching six of nine targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
BookMaker has the Kansas City Chiefs listed as 3.5-point favorites on the road against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in week 5 of the NFL season. Kansas City has won five of the last seven and two of the last three matchups while going 4-2-1 ATS in the last seven and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Chiefs are 2-2 ATS overall, 1-1 ATS on the road, and 2-2 ATS as a favorite while the Minnesota Vikings are 1-2-1 ATS overall, 0-2 ATS at home, and 0-0-1 ATS as an underdog on the year.
Kansas City enters this game with a better record and has been the better team in the series, winning five of the last seven and two of the last three games. The Chiefs are 4-2-1 ATS in the last seven and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series while also being the better team at covering the spread this season going 2-2 ATS overall while the Vikings are 1-2-1 ATS overall. I look for those trends to continue in this matchup which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the Kansas City Chiefs -3 on BookMaker for this matchup on Sunday afternoon.
Spooky Express Pick: Kansas City Chiefs -3
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