Game Time: 8:00 pm ET, Friday, August 27, 2021
Venue: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Where to Watch: NFL Network
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point-Spread: Vikings +4.5, Chiefs -4.5; Over/Under: 38.5 points
Bet365: Point-Spread: Vikings +4, Chiefs -4; Over/Under: 38.5 points
BetMGM: Point-Spread: Vikings +3.5, Chiefs -3.5; Over/Under: 38 points
Minnesota Vikings: 0-2 (NFC North)
Kansas City Chiefs: 2-0 (AFC West)
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Minnesota Vikings vs Kansas City Chiefs Preview and Analysis
Minnesota Vikings: lost last 2.
Kansas City Chiefs: won last 2.
Vikings vs Chiefs Prediction
The Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs will be meeting at Arrowhead for their final game of the Nfl preseason and it should be a little more exciting than previous games as they gear up for the regular season. The Vikings' offense has been pretty weak in these first 2 preseason games as they have lost both scoring a combined 16 points between the two. The Chiefs have been a bit better than the Vikings thus far as they have won both of their preseason games but they have scored less than 20 points in each of those.
The Vikings are coming into this game off of a 12-10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in their last game. Minnesota'a offense has been poor under their quarterbacks Jake Browning and Kellen Mond, both completing less than 51% of their passes while throwing for less than 90 yards and no touchdowns. Kirk Cousins did see a little action in the last game but, he only went 5/7 for 23 yards. He will be sure to get some more playing time here as there is just 1 game left before the regular season. No one really broke out in the running game, and the ball was spread around too much for any 1 receiver to have a big game. They were able to complete some bigger plays though, as 4 of their receivers averaged over 10 yards per catch. The Vikings' offense should pick up in this game as we see more and more starters hit the field in this one.
The Chiefs come into this game coming off of a 17-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes did play quite a bit in that one going 10/18 for 78 yards passing, 0 touchdowns and 1 interception. Shane Buechele played a pretty good game going 9/11 for 115 passing yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Even Chad Henne went 6/8 for 82 yards and a touchdown. All of the Chiefs' quarterbacks had a solid game giving them some decent depth at that position if Mahomes sits for a majority of this game. They also had 2 of their running backs almost hit the 50 yard mark for rushing between Derrick Gore and Darwin Thompson. Byron Pringle was the leading receiver in that game with 63 yards on 4 catches. Daurice Fountain also played well with 54 yards on 3 catches. They had 5 receivers average over 10 yards per catch which shows their ability to explode for big plays. Mahomes should get some more playing time here and more starters should be on the field as they try to ramp their offense up in preparation for the season.
Both of these teams are likely to play better this weekend as more first stringers hit the field in starting positions. Regardless, the offense and defense has been more consistent in the Chiefs' games than for the Vikings. The Chiefs have scored double the points as the Vikings through 2 games and have also allowed half of the points the Vikings have. Some teams just take the preseason more seriously than others and Kansas City is one of those teams. They should get the win and cover here as the Vikings have not shown any level of care for winning in the preseason.
Vikings Chiefs Prediction: Our NFL Pick for Friday, August 27, 2021 (8:00pm ET start time) is Chiefs 27 Vikings 17.
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NFL Betting Trends
Minnesota Vikings: 96-59 off of an upset loss as a favorite when winless in the preseason. 131-82 straight up after scoring less than 17 points in 2 consecutive games.
Kansas City Chiefs: 5-1 after 2 consecutive wins ATS since 1993.
Minnesota Vikings: Adam Thielen (WR) Questionable for the start of training camp with a thigh injury.
Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Okafor (DE) Questionable for the start of training camp with a hamstring injury.
Players to Watch
Minnesota Vikings: One player to watch in this game for the Vikings is Kirk Cousins. He has barely played at all in almost 2 years now and he will surely get some playing time as the season is right around the corner and the Vikings usually wait for the final preseason game to play their starters. He will be a key piece in how this Vikings offense is going to look in the regular season so watch out for him to either put on a show or completely flop in this one.
Kansas City Chiefs: One player to watch for the Chiefs in this one is Byron Pringle. He has always played a good supporting role on the depth chart but is looking for a better role with more responsibility. He has had a good preseason thus far so look for him to make some explosive plays as he tries to work his way up the depth chart on a very talented team, especially at that position.
"I feel really good. I felt really clean tonight, as far as just seeing coverage and getting through my reads. I felt like we moved quickly. I felt like it was a really smooth operation, and that was encouraging." - Kirk Cousins on seeing his first NFL action in-game this preseason.
"It felt good. I thought we had some good drives, a few long drives where we got to run the ball, throw the ball, do all the different type of stuff." - Patrick Mahomes on his in-game experience this preseason.
J. Browning (QB)
K. Mond (QB)
K. Cousins (QB)
A. Abdullah (RB)
A. Rose (RB)
C.J. Ham (RB)
C. Beebe (WR)
K.J. Osborn (WR)
M. Mitchell (WR)
W. Philyor (WR)
Kansas City Chiefs
P. Mahomes II (QB)
S. Buechele (QB)
A. Gordon (QB)
C. Henne (QB)
D. Gore (RB)
D. Thompson (RB)
C. Edwards-Helaire (RB)
B. Pringle (WR)
D. Fountain (WR)
M. Hardman (WR)
M. Kemp (WR)
Minnesota Vikings: Mike Zimmer
Kansas City Chiefs: Andy Reid