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10 Vikings-Chiefs Numbers of Note: Matchup Features Explosive Offenses

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings (6-2) are trying to pick up where they left off before their mini bye.

Minnesota swept the second quarter of its season, going 4-0 and rising in multiple statistical categories, particularly on the offensive side of the ball.

The Vikings will visit the Chiefs (5-3) in Kansas City at noon (CT) Sunday.

After opening with four consecutive victories, including three on the road, the Chiefs have dropped three of four. All of those losses have occurred at Arrowhead Stadium, where Kansas City was 7-1 in 2018. Matt Moore started in place of Patrick Mahomes last week and played well, but the Chiefs fell to the Packers 31-24.

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

Here's a look at 10 numbers of note heading into Sunday's matchup:

25 — The Vikings have scored 25 touchdowns, the most at the midpoint of a Vikings season since 26 in 2009. Minnesota has 12 rushing touchdowns on the ground and 13 through the air. Opponents have scored 15 (one rushing, 14 receiving). The Chiefs have scored 26 touchdowns (six rushing, 18 passing, two fumble returns). Kansas City's opponents have scored 21 touchdowns (10 rushing, 11 receiving).

6.57 and 6.43 — The Chiefs and Vikings rank second and third in the NFL, respectively, with 6.57 and 6.43 yards per play, a sign of two teams that have hit on multiple explosive plays. Minnesota leads the league with 8.80 yards per pass play, and Kansas City ranks third with 8.34 yards per pass play.

823 and 9 — Dalvin Cook leads the NFL with 823 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns. The third-year pro's rushing average of 5.3 yards per carry is tied for fifth among NFL qualifiers. Cook also leads the NFL with 1,116 yards from scrimmage.

115.2 — Kirk Cousins ranks second in the NFL among qualifiers with a passer rating of 115.2. Mahomes is third with a passer rating of 113.1. Moore had a passer rating of 107.1 last week against the Packers when he made his first start since Nov. 26, 2017.

19.1 — Stefon Diggs is tied for third among NFL qualifiers with a receiving average of 19.1 yards per catch. Kansas City has two players in the top 25: Mecole Hardman ranks fifth with an average of 18.7 yards, and Tyreek Hill is tied for 21st with an average of 15.4 yards per reception.

40+ — Of the 37 career touchdowns scored by Hill (28 receiving, four rushing, four punt return, one kickoff return), 19 have been 40 yards or longer. His longest TD catch is 79 yards, and he has punt returns of 95, 91, 82 and 78. His kickoff return was 86 yards, and his longest rushing score was 68 yards.

16.5 — Minnesota's defense has allowed 16.5 points per game, which ranks third in the NFL. The Vikings have limited five different opponents to under that average this season. The Chiefs are allowing 22.6 points per game, which ranks 17th in the NFL, but Kansas City is seventh with a point differential of 5.6 points per game. The Vikings rank third in that category with an average scoring differential of 9.9 points per game.

8.0 — Danielle Hunter is tied for fourth in the NFL with 8.0 sacks on the season. Hunter, who turned 25 years old today, set an NFL record (since stats became an official statistic in 1982) for the most career sacks (48) before age 25.

66.7 — The teams are tied for 19th in the NFL with a goal-to-go percentage of 66.7, meaning they've scored touchdowns on two of every three times they've earned a goal-to-go situation. Minnesota's red zone percentage of 64.3, however, is eighth in the NFL. Kansas City's red zone percentage of 48.2 is tied for 24th.

2 — One game will feature two members of the Colquitt family of punters. Britton Colquitt is in his first season with the Vikings after six with Denver and three with Cleveland. The 34-year-old is averaging 46.6 yards per boot with a net of 42.7. Dustin Colquitt, 37, is in his 15th pro season (all with Kansas City) and averaging 44.8 yards per punt with a net of 42.0. Dustin is second among active players with 1,101 career punts, and Britton is sixth with 742.

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