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NFL Expert Picks: Vikings Underdogs vs. Chiefs, High Scores Predicted

Since the Vikings began playing at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016, they've faced 30 NFL teams. Of those teams, 61 opposing quarterbacks have experienced the raucous energy from the place Minnesota calls home (this total includes preseason games, but not games during the 2020 regular season when fans weren't in attendance).

Some of the NFL's best quarterbacks in recent memory have yet to play or didn't play against the Vikings in their newest home stadium. The list includes active players like Jalen Hurts and Joe Burrow, as well as Legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Superstar Patrick Mahomes will be appearing at the venue and facing the Vikings for the first time in his career.

Mahomes missed the previous matchup against the Vikings in 2019 at Arrowhead Stadium (a 26-23 Chiefs victory) with an ankle injury. Minnesota is also one of two teams Mahomes hasn't beaten in his career (he's 0-2 against the Colts).

On Sunday, the Vikings will welcome the defending Super Bowl Champion Chiefs for the first time in U.S. Bank Stadium history. Minnesota and Kansas City have met 13 times in their history, with the Chiefs holding an 8-5 advantage, including a win in Super Bowl IV. The Chiefs have won three of the past five matchups. Both of Minnesota's wins (45-20 in 2003 and 16-10 in 2015) came at home, where the Vikings sport a 4-2 record when hosting the Chiefs.

Let's see who the experts are picking to win the game:

Chiefs 34, Vikings 23 – Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

The Vikings won last week for the first time and now get a Chiefs team playing on the road in successive weeks. The Chiefs haven't looked great on offense this season, but the Vikings defense is the perfect tonic. Look for Patrick Mahomes to light up the aggressive Brian Flores defense.

Chiefs 31, Vikings 24 – Staff, Bleacher Report

Last Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings earned their first victory of the season, and later in the day, the Kansas City Chiefs found a way to win a sloppy outing with the New York Jets.

Through the first four weeks, the Chiefs have scored more than 23 points in only one outing. They've scored 40.6 percent of their points this season in a 41-10 win over the Chicago Bears.

Bleacher Report editor Wes O'Donnell understands that Minnesota may fall under an avalanche of Kansas City's scoring, but he likes the Vikings to lose by a small margin, which had been a pattern for them before their Week 4 victory.

"I haven't been burned enough by the Vikings yet, apparently. There's no argument as to which is the better team. I can't put lipstick on a pig and tell you the Vikings defense has gotten better or more trustworthy, or that an underachieving offense is ready to break out. Heck, Minnesota barely held on to knock off the winless Panthers last week.

"But the Vikes have lost by margins of three, six and four this season while not looking too great, or even good, in the process. The Chiefs, outside of a beatdown of the winless Bears, don't look like world-beaters, and there has not been any indication of them rounding into their Super Bowl-caliber potential yet either.

Chiefs 27, Vikings 23 – Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News

Patrick Mahomes and Kirk Cousins were the stars (along with Marcus Mariota) featured on Quarterback. They now meet on the field in a national game for the ideal promotion for Netflix. Mahomes is grinding through well by finding whoever in the passing game beyond Travis Kelce and also trusting the running game and defense much more. Cousins can make it interesting late at home to build on his league-leading 11 touchdown passes but there's not quite enough. The Chiefs have proved to be great closers, too, while the Vikings have lost some mojo.

Chiefs 28, Vikings 24 – Bill Bender, Sporting News

Will Taylor Swift make her way to Minnesota? The Chiefs squeaked out a victory at New York on Sunday Night Football, and Patrick Mahomes is relying on a running game led by Isiah Pacheco. The Vikings have played four one-score games – a trend that dates back to last season. Look for Minnesota to keep it close at home.

0 of 7 experts pick the Vikings, The MMQB

0 of 7 experts (3 of 10 total had not submitted) pick the Vikings, ESPN

"Straight-up consensus" from seven experts: Chiefs, Bleacher Report

3 of 11 experts pick the Vikings, The Athletic