Sunday, September 25, 2016

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Andy Reid, Brad Childress and the Kansas City Chiefs are stepping into TCF Bank Stadium without their offensive centerpiece, Jamaal Charles. Conversely, the Vikings will be without one of their best defenders in Everson Griffen.

Mike Zimmer and the Minnesota Vikings have talked all week about their unwillingness to underestimate their opponent, but the early bye week has allowed them the rest it takes to get your roster relatively healthy.

Vikings fans are looking at a five-game stretch in which every contest seems winnable. The hope is that Norv Turner’s passing game can catch fire and Teddy Bridgewater can take advantage of some leaky pass defenses to start building some momentum through the air. Meanwhile, this defense looks as vicious as ever and there should be no shortage of Adrian Peterson each Sunday.

We’ll have this game broken down for you shortly after the last whistle, but be sure to romp around in the comments section below with fellow Vikings fans during the action.

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No matter how extraordinary football players are on the field, they’re still human off of it, and everyday illnesses can sideline the best athletes. That’s the case for Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who will miss today’s game with an undisclosed illness. In his place, rookie Danielle Hunter will start and hopefully, build on his 25 career snaps for a productive day against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Griffen isn’t the only surprise on the list — wide receiver Charles Johnson will also miss the game with sore ribs, paving the way for rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs to take over split end duties in his place. Below, a look at the rest of the inactives list, which includes a few familiar names and some welcome exclusions:

With Griffen and Justin Trattou out, the Vikings enter Week 6 with just three active defensive ends: Brian Robison, Danielle Hunter, and Scott Crichton. The group should play well against a Chiefs offensive line that has given up 22 sacks on the season, which leads the league through five games.

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Vikings Injury Report
NamePositionInjuryWed.Thur.Fri. Status
Justin TrattouDEFootDNPDNPDNPOUT
Charles JohnsonWRRibLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable
Andrew SendejoSKneeLimitedLimitedLimitedQuestionable
Rhett EllisonTEKnee_______LimitedLimitedProbable
Jabari PriceCBShoulderFullFullFullProbable
Mike WallaceWRKneeDNPLimitedFullProbable
Jarius WrightWRHandFullFullFullProbable

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The Vikings are entering Week 6 off a narrow loss to Denver, the bye week and a 2-2 record. While the Chiefs have only a single win under their belt and are missing star running back Jamaal Charles, they’re not a team for which Minnesota should let its guard down. Alex Smith is a proven quarterback, and the Chiefs finished the 2014 season with a respectable 9-7 record. And worth mentioning, Minnesota will be fighting against the bye week slump. The Vikings have played miserably in the post-bye game for the past five seasons, and this year they absolutely cannot afford a loss to Kansas City.

Former Vikings head coach Brad Childress will be making his return to Minneapolis, as he currently works for the Chiefs as their “spread game analysis/special projects coach”—how’s that for a mouthful? How will Childress’ current squad fare against his former? Let’s take a look at the offensive match up.


Offensive Line

The Broncos’ top-rated defense worked over T.J. Clemmings in Week 4, and it will be interesting to see how the rookie rebounds this week. Granted, the Chiefs’ defense ranks only No. 26 in the league, but they do have powerful linebacker Justin Houston in their arsenal. Houston finished the 2014 season with 59 tackles, and he already has 18 in the books this year. He has an uncanny ability to get to the quarterback and will most likely be the offensive line’s biggest focus on Sunday.

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All six Minnesota Fightin’ Vikings wide receivers may be active for Sunday’s game versus the (1-4) and reeling Kansas City Chiefs. Mike Wallace is safe, but who will land the snaps for the rest of the season?

THIS. IS VIKINGS WIDE RECEIVER IDOL.

Arif Hasan stops by for his weekly spot to discuss who has the upper hand to win the honor of catching Teddy’s balls, why offensive line play is terrible league wide, who will finally win the damn safety job opposite Harrison, and I rename NFL teams to more accurately depict their fanbase/city.

All that and other “Kelly Clarkson is the best American Idol winner” nonsense on this edition of the Purple FTW! Podcast!

An Andy Carlson Joint.

Read all of Arif’s stuff at The Daily Norseman and Vikings Journal as well as listening to his podcast Norse Code.

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