The Kansas City Chiefs (5-3) host the Minnesota Vikings (6-2) this weekend for an inter-conference battle from Missouri. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on November 3rd at Arrowhead Stadium and the game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Vikings listed as 2-point road favorites. The spread has yet to move at all after early betting, as Minnesota is currently available at -2. The total for this matchup is 48.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 9 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Chiefs vs Vikings Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Vikings won their fourth straight game in Week 8, beating Washington 19-9 at home on Thursday Night Football to improve to 6-2 on the season overall. Minnesota jumped out to a 13-6 lead in the first half and cruised to victory from their, as they didn’t give up a single touchdown all game. QB Kirk Cousins went 23/26 for 285 passing yards while RB Dalvin Cook rumbled for 98 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries on the ground while also hauling in five receptions for 73 yards. WR Stephon Diggs led the way for the receiving corps, making seven catches for 143 yards. Overall, the Vikings offense gained almost 450 total yards and scored one touchdown in the double-digit win.
Minnesota was outstanding defensively against the Redskins, surrendering only three field goals and holding the offense to under 250 total yards. The Vikings really did a great job defending against the pass, as they forced an interception and only gave up 163 yards through the air.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs came up a bit short at home against Green Bay last weekend, falling 31-24 with Patrick Mahomes sidelined due to a knee injury. Kansas City gave up 14 unanswered points in the first quarter but immediately responded with 17 points of their own before the half. Despite battling hard, they couldn’t find a way to slow down the Packers offense as Rodgers and Co. tacked on 17 points over the final 30 minutes of the game to hand the Chiefs their third loss of the season. Backup Matt Moore played well, going 24/36 for 267 yards and two touchdowns while RB Damien Williams found the end zone on one of his seven carries for 30 rushing yards. Travis Kelce and Mecole Hardman also hit pay dirt, combining for 118 receiving yards and two touchdowns. As a whole, the offense generated over 350 total yards and scored three touchdowns despite coming up just short on the scoreboard.
Kansas City had a bad outing on the other side of the ball in Week 8, giving up over 400 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. The Chiefs had no answer for Green Bay RB Aaron Jones, as he torched the defense for 159 yards and two touchdowns on just seven receptions.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Vikings -2
While it’s hard to get an accurate read on this game until more information is released about the availability of Patrick Mahomes, I’m still leaning slightly to towards Minnesota on the road here in Week 9. It looks like Mahomes is shaping up to be a true game-time decision, as his dislocated kneecap has been given several weeks to heal and is strong enough to at least allow him to be labelled as questionable to take the field on Sunday afternoon. Either way, Minnesota has really been on a roll as of late and desperately need to win this game in order to keep pace with the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers. The Vikings have really been firing on all cylinders on offense as of late, scoring at least four touchdowns in three out of their last four games while going an impressive 4-0 overall during that stretch.
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Kansas City has really struggled against the spread at home this season, as they have failed to cover the number in three out of their last four outings at Arrowhead Stadium. They are also only 1-4 against the spread over their last five games overall. On the other side, Minnesota is a respectable 4-2 against the spread over their last six games and a rock-solid 16-4 against the spread in their last 20 meetings with AFC opponents. Finally, the Vikings are also a perfect 5-0 against the spread over their last five games against AFC West teams. I’ll lay the two points and take a shot with the slight road favorite in this matchup, especially with so many question marks surrounding the health of Mahomes on the other side. Give me Minnesota to cover!