The Vikings come off of the bye week and host the Kansas City Chiefs in their Week 6 matchup on Sunday. Minnesota returns home this weekend for the first time since Week 3. The Vikings are (2-0) at TCF Bank Stadium this season. The Chiefs starting half back Jamaal Charles is out for the remainder of the year, after tearing his ACL in his right knee last week against the Chicago Bears. We scoped the web to see what experts and analysts are predicting for the outcome of the Vikings' upcoming matchup against the Chiefs.
The Chiefs head to Minnesota with runner Jamaal Charles, their offensive key, out for the season with a torn ACL. That's a tough blow to overcome. Minnesota still has Adrian Peterson, and he will have success running it. But this one will be about Teddy Bridgewater getting the passing game going.
Vikings 24, Chiefs 17--Pete Prisco, CBS Sports
The Chiefs are quickly falling apart, and the Vikings are establishing themselves as an NFC wild card contender. The Vikings should win this one handily.
Vikings 28, Chiefs 10--Michael David Smith, Pro Football Talk
The Chiefs will need a lot more than 65 Toss Power Trap to pull of a win at Minnesota, especially with Jamaal Charles* *done for the year. Meanwhile, Brad Childress returns to Minnesota as a member of the Kansas City staff. (It's safe to say no one will be picking him up at the airport.)
Vikings 30, Chiefs 20--Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk
It hasn't been a good year for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The team's pass defense has been bad. The offensive line has been worse. Last week the Chiefs blew a double-digit lead at home to the Chicago Bears.
And that's only the beginning.
The loss to Chicago also brought with it a season-killing injury. As ESPN reported, an MRI confirmed that the knee injury suffered by tailback Jamaal Charles is indeed a torn ACL.
Reid tried to put a positive spin on the disastrous blow:
I talked to Jamaal yesterday, and he was obviously down, but he is positive about coming back, getting himself back. That's where his energy will be directed -- getting through the surgery and getting back to where he can play.
He's an amazing guy that way. He's one of those rare athletes that you have an opportunity to coach. They're genetically and mentally strong, and they can do things most people can't do when it comes to their profession.'
There's another way you can look at it too.
The Chiefs' season was already dead. Charles just tapped the final nail into the coffin.
Vikings--Gary Davenport, Bleacher Report
Each Tuesday, WhatIfSports.com's **NFL simulation engine* generates predictions and box scores for every NFL game for the coming week. The highly sophisticated algorithms simulate every play of every game to produce each team's likelihood to win. Each matchup is simulated 501 times.*
Win Probability:51.4 %, Average Score: Vikings 23, Chiefs 22--WhatIfSports.com
FiveThirtyEight's 2015 NFL forecast uses an Elo-based model to calculate each team's chances of advancing to the playoffs and winning Super Bowl 50. Playoff probabilities are based on 20,000 simulations of the season and will update after each game.
Win Probability: Vikings 60%--FiveThirtyEight.com
Every single expert from these four websites have picked the Vikings to come out victorious on Sunday.
8 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, CBS Sports
8 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, FOX Sports
8 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, Bleacher Report
8 of 8 experts pick the Vikings, SB Nation