The Minnesota Vikings (2-2) host the Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) in the 3rd of 3 consecutive games against AFC West Opponents. The Vikings, who own a 5-game home win streak, are coming off their bye in Week 5 while the Chiefs are coming off a 17-18 home loss to the Chicago Bears. Minnesota owns a 3-2 record all-time at home vs. Kansas City.
Pacing the Vikings offense is a rushing attack that ranks 2nd in yards per carry (4.9) in the NFL. RB Adrian Peterson leads the NFL with 93.0 rushing yards per game and has added 3 TDs on the ground. 2nd-year QB Teddy Bridgewater has thrown for 774 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs compiling an 84.5 passer rating through 4 games. Bridgewater is coming off his best performance of the season at Denver. In his 16th career start, Bridgewater led the offense to 325 total yards and had a 92.4 passer rating, both the highest totals against Denver in 2015.
The Vikings defense, led by S Harrison Smith, LB Anthony Barr and DE Everson Griffen, currently allows the 6th-fewest points per game (18.3) in the NFL. Griffen leads the Vikings with 3.0 sacks while Smith leads the squad with 36 tackles. Barr snagged his 1st career INT and Smith grabbed his 1st INT of the season off Peyton Manning in Week 4.
NATIONAL TELEVISION: CBS (Ch. 4 in the Twin Cities)
Play-by-Play: Greg Gumbel Analyst: Trent Green
Sideline: Stacey Dales
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Play-by-Play: Adam Amin Analyst: Doug Plank
LOCAL RADIO: KFAN-FM 100.3/KTLK-AM 1130
Play-by-Play: Paul Allen Analyst: Pete Bercich
Sideline Reporter: Greg Coleman
Pre-Game Show: Mike Mussman – 10:00 a.m. CT
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• The Vikings offense averages 136.5 rushing yards per game, the 2nd-highest in the NFL.
• RB Adrian Peterson has recorded 2 100 yard rushing games this season and has 4 games of 100 rushing yards in his last 9 contests.
• WR Mike Wallace had his best game as a Viking in Week 4 recording season bests in catches (8) and yards (83) and caught his 1st TD as a Viking, the only WR TD allowed by Denver in 2015.
• WR Stefon Diggs made his NFL debut and led the team with 87 yards on 6 catches, marking only the 5th time in team history a rookie WR who was drafted in the 5th round or later recorded 6 catches in a game.
• LB Chad Greenway intercepted his 10th career pass vs. San Diego (9/27) and returned it 91 yards for his 2nd career TD. Greenway is 7th in team history among LBs with 10 career INTs.
• S Harrison Smith leads the Vikings with 36 tackles and has 1 INT, 1 TFL and 1 FF in 2015. Since entering the league in 2012, Smith is the only player in the NFL with at least 11 INTs and 4 sacks.
• With a .700 win percentage (7-3), the Vikings have the highest home win percentage all-time among teams playing in a temporary stadium.
• The Vikings are tied for 4th in the NFL with 6 rushing TDs (Peterson 3, Line 2, Bridgewater 1).
• WR Adam Thielen set career highs at Denver (10/4) with 6 catches for 70 yards.
• CB Trae Waynes, who was selected 11th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft, saw his 1st action on defense vs. San Diego (9/27) and led the team with 2 passes defensed and added 4 tackles.
• The Vikings allow a league-low 0.8 yards per punt return, giving up a total of 4 punt return yards while punting 16 times this season.
• T T.J. Clemmings is 1-of-2 rookies to start all of their team's games at offensive tackle in 2015 (Donovan Smith, TB).
• The Vikings have the fewest offensive penalties in the NFL being flagged only 7 times and are the 3rd least penalized team with 27 total penalties in 2015.
• Kansas City Chiefs RBs coach Eric Bieniemy spent five seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-10) in the same role.
• Chiefs Spread Game Analyst Brad Childress served as the Vikings head coach from 2006-10 with a 39-35 regular season record. Under Childress, the Vikings won the NFC North title in 2008 and 2009.
• Chiefs DBs Coach Emmitt Thomas served in the same role for the Vikings from 2000-01.
• Chiefs Senior Assistant to Head Coach Kyle Childress served as the Vikings scouting intern for one year and then served as Minnesota's scouting assistant from 2007-10. He graduated University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis in 2008.
• Chiefs S Husain Abdullah signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and was the team's starting safety in 2010.
• Vikings Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer served in the same role at Kansas City from 2006-08.
• Vikings WRs Coach George Stewart played for the Chiefs as a guard in 1981.
• Vikings LBs Coach Adam Zimmer served as the defensive assistant and assistant linebackers coach for Kansas City from 2010-12.
• Vikings Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Jeff Hurd was a strength and conditioning intern for Kansas City from 1992-93, then returned as the Chiefs strength and conditioning coach from 1998-06.
• Vikings college scout Frank Acevedo served in Kansas City's personnel department for 5 seasons.
• Vikings college scout Terrance Gray served as the Chiefs area scout of National
Football Scouting (NFS) in 2005, covering the Southwest.
• Vikings Personnel Consultant Paul Wiggin served as the Chiefs head coach from 1975-77.
• Vikings Executive Director of Player Development and Legal Les Pico (2001-04) worked as a player development coordinator for Kansas City.
• Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid (1999-12) and various other members of the Chiefs coaching staff were in Philadelphia while Vikings Assistant OL Coach Hank Fraley (2000-05) started at C for the Eagles.
• Vikings DT Tom Johnson (2011-13) played with Chiefs G Ben Grubbs (2012-14) in New Orleans.
• Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner (2006) served in his same position as the play-caller for Chiefs QB Alex Smith (2005-12) during their time together with the San Francisco 49ers.
• Vikings Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman and members of his staff, Tom Hunkele and Rob Roche, (2000-05) worked on the athletic training staff with Chiefs Head Athletic Trainer Rick Burkholder (1999-2012) in Philadelphia.
• Vikings WR Jarius Wright played with Chiefs RB Knile Davis at Arkansas from 2009-11.
• Vikings CB Josh Robinson played with Chiefs OL Jah Reid from 2009-10 at Central Florida.
• 5 players overlapped at the University of Georgia: Vikings K Blair Walsh (2008-11), Chiefs WR Chris Conley (2011-14), Chiefs LB Justin Houston (2008-10), Chiefs QB Aaron Murray (2010-13) and Chiefs LB Ramik Wilson (2011-14).
• 5 players attended the University of Oklahoma at different times: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (2004-06), Vikings T Phil Loadholt (2007-08), Chiefs DB Jamell Fleming (2007-11), Chiefs OL Donald Stephenson (2007-11) and Chiefs LS James Winchester (2010-11).
• Vikings DE Scott Crichton (2011-13) played at Oregon State with Chiefs LB DJ Alexander (2011-14) and DB Steven Nelson (2013-14).
• Vikings DE Brian Robinson played for Texas from 2002-06, as did Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (2005-07) and Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (2001-04).
• Vikings RB Matt Asiata played with Chiefs DB Sean Smith at Utah from 2007-08.
• Vikings CB Terence Newman is a native of Salina, Kan., and attended Kansas
State University (1998-02). Newman won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top DB and was also a 1st-team All-Big 12 selection his senior year.
• Vikings QB Shaun Hill attended Parsons Senior High School located in Parsons, Kansas and was a 2-time All-Southeast Kansas League 1st-team selection and an honorable mention All-State as a senior. Hill attended Huctchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas before enrolling at Maryland.
• Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson also attended Hutchinson CC where he was recognized as a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American in 2010 and 2011.
• Vikings T T.J. Clemmings and Chiefs LB Tamba Hali both hail from Teaneck, New Jersey.
VIKINGS-CHIEFS SERIES NOTES
• The Vikings are currently 4-7 all-time against the Chiefs, including a mark of 3-2 in games played at home.
• The Chiefs have won the last 2 games by a combined 8 points.
• The Vikings faced the Chiefs in their 1st Super Bowl appearance, Super Bowl IV on Jan. 11, 1970, with Kansas City earning the 23-7 win.
A WIN WOULD
• Give Mike Zimmer a 10-11 record as a head coach.
• Bump Teddy Bridgewater's record as a starting QB to 9-8.
• Improve the Vikings home record at TCF to 8-3 during their 2-year stint at the U of M and give them a 6-game win streak at home.