Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs - 8/23/14 Pick and Odds
Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (11-5)
NFL Football: Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Arrowhead Stadium)
The Line: Kansas City Chiefs -3.5 -- Over/Under: 44 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs will play a Saturday night preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Minnesota Vikings improved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 30-28 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. The Vikings may have a quarterback controversy on their hands after rookie Teddy Bridgewater completed 16 of 20 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and Matt Cassel completed 12 of 16 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown. Minnesota can only hope that type of quarterback play can continue in this matchup. The Vikings running game has also been solid, averaging 5.1 yards per carry as a team and getting 64 rushing yards from Joe Banyard. The Minnesota Vikings finished the game with 439 yards but were just 2-5 in the red zone. Defensively, the Vikings allowed 320 yards and gave up a score in all four red zone trips. Marcus Sherels led the Vikings with nine tackles and Anthony Barr had the team’s only sack.
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The Kansas City Chiefs dropped to 1-1 after losing to the Carolina Panthers, 28-16. Alex Smith completed 14 of 22 passes for 127 yards, while rookie Aaron Murray was 5-9 for 81 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The Chiefs ground game was much better, averaging 4.6 yards per carry and getting a solid 44 yards from Cyrus Gray. The Chiefs also turned the ball over once, which was also an improvement from their first preseason game. Overall, the Kansas City Chiefs racked up 330 yards and were 0-1 in the red zone. Defensively, the Chiefs gave up 279 yards and allowed a score on all four red zone trips. Nico Johnson led the Chiefs with seven tackles and Husain Abdullah was one of many Kansas City players with a sack.
It's tough to argue against the Vikings with the way their quarterbacks just played last week. If Minnesota can get production anywhere close to that in this game, it will result in another easy win. I don't like the Chiefs quarterback depth. Getting points with Minnesota makes things even better, but I'm pretty sure you won't need them.