Vikings-Chiefs matchup of the day: Saturday

Posted Sept. 30, 2011 @ 12:36 p.m.
Posted 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.