EAGAN, Minn. — Vikings fans are fired up for a rare road tilt against the reigning NFL MVP and a team with Super Bowl aspirations.
Minnesota’s Week 9 away matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, which also will be a rematch of the franchises that met in Super Bowl IV, earned the most votes in a Twitter poll, with 34 percent of the nearly 4,000 total votes going toward the game.
The chance to see the Vikings stout defense against superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes narrowly edged out Minnesota’s Week 16 home game against the rival Packers, which was a tick below at 33 percent.
The Vikings last traveled to Kansas City in the 2011 season for a game that the Chiefs won 22-17. Minnesota won the most recent matchup 16-10 in a game played at the University of Minnesota in 2015.
There will be a different feel this time around with Mahomes leading the way for the Chiefs.
He won the league MVP in 2018 by tying the mark for the second-most touchdowns in a single season with 50, and added 5,097 passing yards (which ranks as eighth-best in a single season) for good measure.
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Mahomes, who also had seven games with at least four touchdown passes, led the league’s top offense in 2018. Kansas City paced the NFL in both points per game (35.3) and yards per game (425.6).
Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer’s defense has been impressive in its own right, as the unit has ranked in the top 10 in points allowed per game in each of the past four seasons.
Fans narrowed down the four finalists based on each four-game stretch of the season.
The second edition of the 2019 Border Battle between the Vikings and Packers will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium on Monday Night Football on Dec. 23.
Minnesota’s Week 2 road game at Lambeau Field against the Packers placed third in the poll at 21 percent.
And the Vikings Week 6 home game against the Eagles was fourth at 12 percent. The 2019 season marks the fourth straight season, including playoffs, that Minnesota and Philadelphia have played each other.