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Early Look: Vikings at Chiefs

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EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings rested up over the weekend, getting a deserved mini-bye after a 19-9 win over Washington on Thursday Night Football.

With Minnesota squarely in the NFC playoff picture at the halfway point of the 2019 season, the Vikings now get set for a road trip to Kansas City.

The Vikings (6-2) have won four consecutive games after a 2-2 start. It is the third time under Head Coach Mike Zimmer that Minnesota has opened with that record through a season's first eight games.

Zimmer, who is in his sixth season, recorded his 53rd victory, moving ahead of Vikings Ring of Honor member Jerry Burns for third in franchise history.

Kansas City, which has lost three of four games, is 5-3.

Here's a look at the Vikings Week 9 matchup against the Chiefs:

Passing: Kirk Cousins had a strong outing for the fourth straight week, as he completed 23 of 26 passes (88.5 percent) for 285 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. His passer rating was 112.3, marking the fourth straight game he has recorded a passer rating over 100.

Over his past four games, Cousins has thrown for 1,261 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception.

Cousins has completed 155 of 215 passes (72.1 percent) for 1,997 yards with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions through eight games. His passer rating of 115.1 ranks second in the NFL.

Chiefs starting quarterback — and 2018 NFL MVP — Patrick Mahomes did not play Sunday night against the Packers due to knee injury. Matt Moore started in his place.

Moore completed 24 of 36 passes (66.7 percent) for 267 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions Sunday. He had a passer rating of 107.1 in his first start since Week 11 of the 2017 season with Miami.

Mahomes has started seven games for the Chiefs, completing 157 of 241 passes (65.1 percent) for 2,180 yards with 15 touchdowns and just one interception in 2019.

Rushing: Dalvin Cook just missed out on his sixth 100-yard rushing effort in eight games, but settled for 98 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries.

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Rookie Alexander Mattison added 61 yards on 13 carries as Minnesota tallied 161 total rushing yards.

Cook leads the NFL with 823 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns.

The Vikings, who have eclipsed 100 team rushing yards in seven of eight games, rank third in the NFL at 160.1 yards per game.

Kansas City ranks 26th with just 83.0 yards per game.

LeSean McCoy led the Chiefs with 40 yards on nine carries, but he had a costly fumble. Damien Williams had 30 yards and a score on seven rushes.

McCoy leads Kansas City with 362 yards on 69 carries, while Williams has 100 yards on 48 rushes. Both players, along with Darrel Williams, have a pair of rushing touchdowns.

Receiving: Stefon Diggs stepped up in Adam Thielen's absence, as the wide receiver had seven catches for 143 yards Thursday night.

Cook was also effective in the passing game, taking advantage of screen passes. He totaled 73 yards on five receptions. Tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith, Jr., each had three catches for 38 total yards.

Diggs, who set a Vikings record for the most receiving yards in a three-game span with 452, leads Minnesota with 37 receptions for 706 yards. He also has four scores.

Thielen has 27 catches for 391 yards and a team-high six touchdowns, and Cook has 29 catches for 293 yards.

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill had six catches for 76 yards Sunday, and Sammy Watkins had five receptions for 45 yards.

Tight end Travis Kelce added four catches for 63 yards and a score. Rookie Mecole Hardman had two catches for 55 yards and touchdown.

Kelce leads the team with 42 receptions for 604 yards with two scores. Watkins has 28 receptions for 410 yards. Demarcus Robinson has 22 catches for 318 yards, and Hardman has 374 yards on 20 catches.

The Chiefs have four players with at least three receiving touchdowns. Hardman has four. Watkins, Robinson and Hill have three apiece.

Defense: The Vikings allowed just 216 total yards Thursday, including just 131 yards through the air.

Minnesota also had two takeaways. Anthony Harris had an interception, and Shamar Stephen recovered a fumble forced by Danielle Hunter.

The Vikings allowed just two third-down conversions on nine tries, and were also stout in the red zone, as Washington was 0-for-2 on chances inside the 20-yard line. Washington was also was 0-for-2 on goal-to-go situations.

Harris leads the Vikings with three picks, and Hunter's 8.0 sacks lead the team and are tied for fourth in the NFL.

The Vikings are now fifth with 313.9 yards allowed per game, and are third in points allowed at 16.5.

Kansas City has allowed 377.0 yards per game, which ranks 24th. The unit's 22.6 points allowed per game ranks 17th.

The Chiefs allowed 374 total yards Sunday as the Packers converted on eight-of-13 tries on third downs.

Kansas City had five sacks against Green Bay and has 14 sacks in its past two games. The Chiefs rank fifth with 25 total sacks.

Charvarius Ward has a team-high two interceptions, and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah leads the Chiefs with 4.5 sacks.

View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster for the 2019 season.

Special teams: Vikings kicker Dan Bailey remained perfect against Washington in his career, as he made four field goals and an extra point Thursday.

Bailey has now made all 30 field goals and all 37 extra point attempts against Washington. He has made 12 of 14 field goals, and 23 of 24 extra points so far in 2019.

Punter Britton Colquitt did not punt against Washington. He's averaging 46.6 yards per punt in 2019.

Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker made one of two field goals Sunday and hit all three extra point attempts. He's made 15 of 18 field goals in 2019, and 25 of 26 extra points.

Sunday's game will be a battle of the Colquitt brothers, as Britton's brother, Dustin, is Kansas City's punter.

Dustin Colquitt averaged 51.3 yards on three punts against the Packers. He is averaging 44.8 yards per punt in 2019.

Hardman handles punt and kickoff return duties for the Chiefs.

Hello, old friend

The Vikings are also on the road in Week 10 as they travel to Dallas for a matchup against the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.

Zimmer began his NFL coaching career with the Cowboys in 1994 as an assistant defensive backs coach. He won Super Bowl XXX with Dallas the following season as the defensive backs coach.

Zimmer spent 1994-2006 with the Cowboys, with the final seven seasons as defensive coordinator. The Week 10 meeting on NBC's Sunday Night Football will mark Zimmer's first regular-season trip to Dallas as a head coach.

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