Pro Football weekly

Comment | Print |

Vikings-Chiefs matchup of the day: Saturday

Related Stories

Chiefs ink TE Fasano to four-year deal

Posted March 12, 2013 @ 5:16 p.m.

Vikings trade Harvin to Seahawks

Posted March 11, 2013 @ 1:44 p.m.

Chiefs add CB Robinson

Posted March 09, 2013 @ 8:58 a.m.

Minnesota Vikings: 2013 team needs

Posted March 08, 2013 @ 5:46 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs: 2013 team needs

Posted March 08, 2013 @ 2:44 p.m.

Chiefs release ORT Winston

Posted March 07, 2013 @ 4:47 p.m.

Vikings release WR Jenkins

Posted March 05, 2013 @ 1:05 p.m.

Chiefs tag Albert; re-sign Bowe, Colquitt

Posted March 04, 2013 @ 5:02 p.m.

Three takeaways from Smith deal

Posted Feb. 28, 2013 @ 3:48 p.m.

Report: 49ers trade QB Alex Smith to Chiefs

Posted Feb. 27, 2013 @ 12:15 p.m.
Posted Sept. 30, 2011 @ 12:36 p.m. ET
By Christian West

Here's a key matchup to watch in Sunday's Vikings-Chiefs game.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson vs. Chiefs front seven

Adrian Peterson is and always should be the focal point of the Vikings offense. Against the Chiefs, Peterson has another favorable matchup that should allow him to get more than the five carries he got in the second half of Week Three's game against the Lions.

The Chiefs' front seven has talent (Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson), but not enough to contain a back like Peterson. The defensive line is has a pair of first-round disappointments (Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey), which is part of the reason that Chiefs are allowing 123 yards rushing per game.

It's a group that struggled to contain Ryan Matthews last week (21-98-2) and should have their hands full with Peterson.

The Chargers had success with running up the middle against the Chiefs and look for the Vikings to do the same. NT Kelly Gregg isn't the caliber player he was in his prime with Baltimore and can be moved with more ease. If the Vikings can do that, it would open up their stretch runs and cutback plays that they usually run with success.

If Peterson is able to get 20+ carries this week, expect him to get over 100 yards against a weak Chiefs run defense.


Comments ()