The Vikings Are Last Off the List for One Chief

Oct 1, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws long against the Jets defense in the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports.

The Kansas City Chiefs are the only NFL team yet to play a regular season game at U.S. Bank Stadium, a statistic that will change in three days.

The Minnesota Vikings host the Super Bowl champions on Sunday and are four-point underdogs for their troubles.

The Vikings Are Last Off the List for One Chief

And while the Vikings need a win to chase .500 after a dreadful 0-3, one notable Chief has just the Vikings to cross off his individual list.

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Sep 11, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) against Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker (3) at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

He’s the reigning league MVP, Patrick Mahomes, and as quarterback as the Chiefs, the only team Kansas City hasn’t defeated is the Vikings. That’s right — Mahomes has notched wins over all NFL teams, excluding the Vikings (and, of course, Chiefs).

The two clubs met in 2019, and Mahomes was temporarily on the shelf with a knee injury. Matt Moore infamously filled in at QB1, downing the Vikings at Arrowhead Stadium, a disappointing hiccup for a playoff-bound Minnesota squad.

Feb 15, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates toward the fans during the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports.

Now, unless Minnesota has an unforeseen upset percolating, Mahomes finally gets a crack at the purple team, conveniently at a weak state with the Vikings 1-3 record. The Vikings lost games out of the gate in 2023 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles, and Los Angeles Chargers before getting in the win column last weekend at the Carolina Panthers — a depressing start, indeed, for a team with playoff aspirations.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs haven’t played like Super Bowl champions but still boast a 3-1 record. Mahomes and friends lost in Week 1 at home to the Detroit Lions, largely because the team’s best non-Mahomes players, Travis Kelce and Chris Jones, were absent. As recently as last weekend, Kansas City needed an ugly win to topple the Aaron Rodgers-less New York Jets.

Oct 23, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) is congratulated by quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) after rushing for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers in the third quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports.

Mahomes has compiled numerous fancy statlines in seven seasons, including the Chiefs 11-0 record against the Denver Broncos on his watch. Ridiculous. The Mahomes-led Chiefs are also 27-3 (.900) over AFC West foes. Also ridiculous.

The Mahomes’ version of the Chiefs is also 19-3 (.863) versus all NFC teams.

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Feb 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, US; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the third quarter of Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports.

The man is a walking stat machine, a two-time Super Bowl victor, and a two-time league MVP. Minnesota historically struggles against titans-of-industry AFC quarterbacks — the Vikings never defeated Tom Brady or Peyton Manning; ever — so we shall if Kevin O’Connell and Co. have the juice for the task on Sunday.

If they do not, the wait will be over, and the Mahomes-led Chiefs will have beaten every NFL team during his reign.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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