Chiefs in For Uphill Battle Against Vikings in Week 6 NFL Betting Showdown!
Alex Smith and the reeling Kansas City Chiefs are in for what looks like an uphill battle when they visit Teddy Bridgewater, Adrian Peterson and the feisty Minnesota Vikings in a Week 6 matchup they desperately need to win in order to keep their faint playoff hopes alive. Now, let’s find out if the Chiefs can pull off the upset and bring home the bacon in Minnesota.
Kansas City Chiefs at Minnesota Vikings NFL Betting Preview
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 18, 2015
Where: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NFL Odds: Vikings -4
Kansas City Chiefs (1-4 SU, 1-4 ATS)
The Chiefs are reeling right now, having lost four straight games including their crushing 18-17 Week 5 loss against Chicago as a 10-point home favorite. Making matters worse for Andy Reid’s ballclub is the fact that Kansas City lost its best offensive player in the defeat when veteran running back Jamaal Charles was lost for the season due to a torn ACL. The four-time Pro Bowler was averaging a stellar 5.1 yards per carry this season with five touchdowns that have accounted for half of the Chiefs’ offensive total so far.
“You know you’re not going to replace Jamaal,” coach Andy Reid said. “He’s one of the best. Really, when it’s all said and done, one of the best in the history of the game. We all need to pick it, right now. Raise the level.”
Chiefs signal-caller Alex Smith completed 16 of 30 passes but was limited to a season-low 181 yards while getting sacked three times to raise his total to 21 on the season – the second highest in the league to date.
“It’s not fun to be out there playing like that. We know we’re so much better than that,” Smith said.
Minnesota Vikings (2-2 SU, 3-1 ATS)
The Vikings are well-rested after getting a bye in Week 5 following their heartbreaking 23-20 loss to Denver one week earlier. The good news for the Vikes is the fact that future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson is back t looking like the game’s best back and enters this Week 6 showdown averaging a stellar 5.0 yards per carry. Peterson rushed for 81 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries and has rushed for 372 yards and three touchdowns through four games.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed 27 of 41 passes against the Broncos for 269 yards and one touchdown in the narrow loss. Minnesota ranks second in rushing (136.5 ypg) but also ranks dead last in passing (165.2 ypg) and 23rd in scoring (20.0 ppg). The Vikings have been very good defensively in keeping the opposition out of the end zone, ranking sixth in points allowed (18.2 ppg).
Game Analysis: A convincing 65 percent of the betting public likes Minnesota and I’m surprised that it’s not around 75 percent to be honest about it. The Chiefs are struggling in the worst way and just lost their best offensive player in Jamaal Charles while Minnesota undoubtedly wants to get the bad taste out of their mouths from their narrow loss to Denver the last time out. The Chiefs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an SU loss and an uninspiring 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.
Conversely, the Vikings have posted a blistering 7-1 ATS mark in their last eight home games against a team with a losing road record and a scorching 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. Keep it simple and make the easy pick on Minnesota!
My Pick: Minnesota 27 Kansas City 20