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Vikings vs Chiefs Picks, Odds & Betting Preview – KC Has Only Covered 1 of Their Last 5

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Kirk Cousins and the Vikings have ripped off four straight wins. Photo from @brgridiron (Twitter).
  • Chiefs have lost three of four, and are 1-4 recently against the spread
  • Vikings have won four in a row, including three of four against the spread
  • Get the odds, our pick, and all the info you need to bet the game below

Narratives in a season can change quickly, based on a team getting hot or a player getting hurt or any number of other factors. In the case of the Minnesota Vikings vs. the Kansas City Chiefs, the Vikings have gotten hot while the Chiefs’ star player is hurt.

That’s why the Vikings find themselves as road favorites against a team that went to the AFC Championship game last year. A few weeks ago, typing that sentence wouldn’t have made much sense. But again, things change quickly.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Kansas City Chiefs Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Over/Under
Minnesota Vikings N/A -4.0 (-110) Over 47.5 (-105)
Kansas City Chiefs N/A +4.0 (-110) Under 47.5 (-115)

Odds taken Nov. 2

The Patrick Mahomes Situation

The hottest storyline entering Sunday’s matchup is the status of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the all-pro gunslinger who missed last week’s game with a knee injury.

According to the team, Mahomes was a limited participant in practice all week and is listed as questionable for the game. But on Saturday, Kansas City activated quarterback Chad Henne from injured reserve, which gives a strong indication that Mahomes will not return to game action just yet.

Matt Moore started in Mahomes’ place last week and performed fairly well against the Packers, throwing for 267 yards and two touchdowns in his first start since 2017.

Moore, 35, is a serviceable backup with plenty of experience. He doesn’t bring the game-breaking abilities of Mahomes, but the Chiefs have shown they aren’t totally lost with him at the helm.

Against the Spread Dread

At 5-3, Kansas City is still a strong team in playoff position in the AFC. But that means little to bettors, who’ve been burned by a team that is 4-4 against the spread — including 1-4 ATS in recent weeks.

What’s even more startling is Kansas City’s 1-3 ATS record at home this year. So if you thought Arrowhead Stadium might give the Chiefs some kind of edge this week, think again.

Part of that might be due to the uncertainty of Mahomes. Before dislocating his knee cap against Denver two games ago, he had already been dealing with a nagging ankle injury. But part of that is simply a growing trend with how the Chiefs have played on both sides of the ball.

Week 5: The Turning Point

Simply put, the Minnesota Vikings were a struggling team entering Week 5, while the Kansas City Chiefs were rolling. The Vikings (2-2 at the time) then went on a four-game win streak while the Chiefs (4-0 at the time) have gone 1-3 since.

Here’s what Minnesota has done since Week 5: 468.5 yards/game, 314.5 yards allowed/game; one interception and seven sacks against, five interceptions and 12 sacks forced.

Here’s what Kansas City has done since Week 5: 310.3 yards/game, 345.6 yards allowed/game; one interception and eight sacks against, three interceptions and 14 sacks forced.

The number that stands out most here is the Vikings’ offensive output, which has been off the charts. That would be difficult for any defense to stop, including the 24th-ranked Chiefs defense.

Decision Time

It’s never wise to count out the Chiefs, especially now with a healthy Tyreek Hill, but Minnesota is proving itself as a legitimate playoff team with an offense that can run over its opposition. Mahomes might be able to combat that, but there’s less reason to believe Moore is up to the task.

Pick: Minnesota, -4.0 (-110)

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