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Game Preview: Vikings at Chiefs

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Chiefs.

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings (6-2) are going to Kansas City for an interconference tilt with the Chiefs (5-3) that is scheduled to kickoff at noon (CT) Sunday.

Minnesota is fresh off a mini bye weekend that was the reward for playing two games last week, including a 19-9 win over Washington on Thursday Night Football.

Kirk Cousins has totaled an NFL-best passer rating of 137.1 in the past four games (all Vikings wins by at least 10 points). He has completed 78.5 percent of his passes for 1,262 yards and 10 touchdowns in that stretch.

Dalvin Cook leads the NFL with 823 rushing yards and 1,116 yards from scrimmage, and Stefon Diggs ranks fourth in the league with 706 receiving yards after breaking Randy Moss' franchise record for yards in a three-game stretch with 452 from Week 6 to Week 8.

Minnesota's offense ranks third in yards per game (396.5), yards per play (6.43) and rushing yards per game (160.1), 16th in passing yards per game (236.4) and 10th in points per game (26.4).

Kansas City's offense ranks fifth in yards per game (392.5) and second in yards per play (6.57), 26th in rushing yards per game (83.0), second in passing yards per game (309.5) and fourth in points per game (28.3).

The Vikings rank third in the NFL in points against (16.5), fifth in yards allowed per game (313.9), seventh in rushing yards allowed per game (89.4) and eighth in passing yards allowed per game (224.5).

The Chiefs are tied for 16th in the NFL in points against (22.6), 24th in yards allowed per game (377.0), 30th in rushing yards allowed per game (145.0) and 11th in passing yards allowed per game (232.0).

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


FOX (KMSP in Minneapolis/St. Paul)

Play-by-Play: Kevin Burkhardt

Analyst: Charles Davis

Sideline Reporter: Pam Oliver


KFAN 100.3-FM/KTLK 1130-AM in Minneapolis/St. Paul

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen

Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporters: Greg Coleman & Ben Leber

Radio Pre-game Show: Mike Mussman | 10 a.m. (CT)

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the five-state Vikings Radio Network.


Compass Media Networks

Play-by-Play: Chris Carrino

Analyst: Brian Baldinger


Sirius: MIN 108 or Streaming 819; KC 83 or Streaming 815

XM: MIN Streaming 819; KC 226 or Streaming 815


The Vikings defense has allowed just one rushing touchdown this season, which is the fewest in the NFL. The Patriots and 49ers are tied for second, having allowed two each.


Mike Zimmer is 4-1 against AFC West teams as head coach of the Vikings. Zimmer led Minnesota to a win over Kansas City in 2015. This is the third time that Minnesota has opened a season with a 6-2 mark under Zimmer (2015, 2017, 2019).

QB Kirk Cousins set a Vikings single-game completion percentage record by connecting with receivers on 23 of 26 attempts against the Redskins in Week 8. That clip of 88.5 percent topped Brett Favre's mark of 88.0 percent (22 of 25) against Seattle on Nov. 22, 2009.

The Vikings offensive line has allowed four sacks over the past three games, which is tied for the fifth fewest in the NFL in that span.

Dalvin Cook's 1,116 yards from scrimmage rank second in team history through the first eight games of a Vikings season behind Adrian Peterson's 1,242 during his 2007 rookie campaign.

Vikings running backs have combined for 1,557 scrimmage yards and lead the NFL in 2019. That total so far is less than 300 shy of the 1,841 put up by the group for the entire 2018 season.

Kyle Rudolph moved into sixth-place on Minnesota's all-time receptions list. He enters Week 9 with 403 career catches and needs 11 to pass Jake Reed for fifth.

Danielle Hunter is tied for third in the NFL with 10 tackles for loss (league stats). He trails Nick Bosa and Aaron Donald.

Minnesota has recorded at least four sacks in four games this season, which is tied with San Francisco for second in the NFL.


Kansas City Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy served as Minnesota's running backs coach from 2006-10.

Chiefs wide receivers coach Greg Lewis played in 26 games for the Vikings over two seasons and delivered a memorable ending when he caught a "tightrope touchdown" pass from Brett Favre in 2009.

Kansas City defensive line coach and run game coordinator Brendan Daly coached in Minnesota from 2006-08 and 2012-13, and quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka spent the 2015 offseason on the Vikings roster.


Chiefs LB Damien Wilson played collegiately at the University of Minnesota.


Vikings P Britton Colquitt and Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt will renew their sibling rivalry.


Minnesota assistant special teams coach Ryan Ficken (2003-06) was at UCLA when Bieniemy was the Bruins running backs coach.

Vikings assistant head coach and offensive advisor Gary Kubiak, offensive line coach/run game coordinator Rick Dennison and tight ends coach Brian Pariani coached with Chiefs Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in Baltimore in 2014.


Vikings Defensive Coordinator George Edwards and Special Teams Coordinator Marwan Maalouf were with the Dolphins when Chiefs QB Matt Moore, S Jordan Lucas and RB Damien Williams were on the roster.

Minnesota QB Sean Mannion and Kansas City WR Sammy Watkins played for the Rams in 2017.

Vikings K Dan Bailey overlapped in Dallas with Chiefs CB Morris Claiborne and LB Anthony Hitchens.

Minnesota QB Kirk Cousins overlapped in Washington with Kansas City CB Bashaud Breeland and CB Kendall Fuller.


Vikings DE Stephen Weatherly and Chiefs QB Kyle Shurmur (son of Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur) at Vanderbilt

Minnesota CB Mackensie Alexander and S Jayron Kearse at Clemson with Kansas City WR Sammy Watkins

Vikings DE Danielle Hunter and Chiefs RB Darrel Williams at LSU

Minnesota G Pat Elflein and DT Jalyn Holmes at Ohio State with Kansas City LB Darron Lee



Kirk Cousins (with Washington): 2 games (1 start), 21-of-40 passing, 279 yards, 2 passing TD, 91.6 passer rating

Stefon Diggs: 1 game (1 start), 7 receptions, 129 yards

Kyle Rudolph: 2 games (2 starts), 5 receptions, 53 yards, TD


Everson Griffen: 1 game, 1.0 sack

Danielle Hunter: 1 game, 4 tackles, 0.5 sack, FF

Eric Kendricks: 1 game, 10 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 PBU


Kyle Rudolph: posted 44 receiving yards in his third career start (2011)

Stefon Diggs: recorded first game with 100-plus yards in his second career game (2015)

Danielle Hunter: recorded first QB takedown in third career game (2015)

Eric Kendricks: recorded second sack and first pass breakup of career in fifth game (2015)


1. This will be just the 13th all-time meeting between the franchises that played their first seasons in 1960 (Kansas City in the American Football League) and 1961 (Minnesota in the NFL). The series includes Super Bowl IV on Jan. 11, 1970, which was the final one played before the AFL merged into the NFL.

The Chiefs claimed that game 23-7 but fell 27-10 in the 1970 season opener. The teams also met in the final football game at Metropolitan Stadium with Kansas City prevailing 10-6 on Dec. 20, 1981.

Most recently, the Vikings defeated the Chiefs 16-10 at the University of Minnesota on Oct. 18, 2015.

2. From 1991-2009, the Chiefs held training camp at Wisconsin-River Falls, allowing for some joint practices with the Vikings.

3. The Vikings and Chiefs also met on an international stage at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. Minnesota won the preseason contest 17-9 on Aug. 7, 1994.

Longest Vikings winning streak in series: 2 games (Sept. 20, 1970 through Dec. 14, 1974)

Longest Vikings losing streak in series: 2 games (three times; most recent was Sept. 23, 2007 through Oct. 2, 2011)