The Kansas City Chiefs invade Minneapolis to face the 4-point favorite Minnesota Vikings in NFL week 6 betting action. The kicks off on CBS this Sunday at 1 PM ET from the TCF Bank Stadium. Cord-cutters can stream the game via CBSsports.com.
Both teams are coming off of long weeks. The Vikings had a bye-week while the Chiefs waited on news after their star RB, Jamaal Charles, left last Sunday’s game to a knee injury. It was confirmed on Monday and he will miss the season with his second torn ACL.
“It brought tears to my eyes. It’s heartbreaking,” teammate Charcandrick West said of seeing Charles go down.
A Closer Look At Kansas City Chiefs at Minnesota Vikings NFL Week 6 Betting Preview
What: Kansas City Chiefs (1-4) at Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
When: Sunday, October 18, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium
Weather: 56° F | Scattered Clouds
Spread: Vikings -4
Moneyline: Kansas City +170 vs Minnesota -200
Game Total: 44
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Kansas City vs Minnesota
If You Are Betting On The Kansas City Chiefs Odds At +4
The Kansas City Chiefs are 1-4 straight up and against the spread. They average 23.4 points (14th), 233.8 passing yards (21st), 109.8 rushing yards (18th) per game. I am not sure what was worse last week. Losing Charles or losing to the Bears the way they did.
QB Alex Smith is having an above average “Alex Smith” season. He has thrown for 1291 yards, 5 TDs & 3 INTs. Charles was one of his favorite targets. If neither of his backups can play to a competent level, it’s going to be a long Sunday for Smith.
WR Jeremy Maclin (36 rec, 483 yards, 1 TDs) has helped the offense, but he hasn’t been enough while TE Travis Kelce (24 rec, 328 yards 2 TDs) is the second option.
Filling in for Jamal Charles (71 att, 364 yards, 4 TDs) will be rookie Charcandrick West (12 att, 48 yards, 0 TD) and Kniles Davis (11 att, 27 yards, 1 TD). West had the edge in carries in last Sunday’s game after Charles went down.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 15, 2015
Kansas City’s defense allows 28.6 points (29th), 285.0 passing yards (27th), 98.6 rushing yards (13th) per game. Jaye Howard leads the Chiefs with 29 tackles, Justin Houston has three sacks and Marcus Peters has two interceptions.
If You Are Betting On The Minnesota Vikings Odds At -4
The Minnesota Vikings are 2-2 straight up and 3-1 against the spread so far this season and are coming off a bye. They average 20.0 points (23rd), 165.2 passing yards (32nd) and 136.5 rushing yards (2nd) per game.
Second-year QB Teddy Bridgewater’s (774 yards, 2 TDs & 1 INTs) development will take a back seat with to the return of Adrian Peterson, who has one or maybe two years left on his knees. Last season Bridgewater took two-thirds of his snaps in the shotgun. This season? They have lined up in the shotgun or pistol 57 percent of the time this season.
WR Mike Wallace (20 rec, 233 yards 1 TD) and TE Kyle Rudolph (14 rec, 104 yards, 1 TDs) are the top two targets down-field, but they too are second fiddle to Peterson.
Adrian Peterson (75 att, 372 yards & 3 TDs) was leading the league in rushing before the Vikings’ Week 5 bye. He has hit sights set on a third league rushing title, his last coming in 2012.
“It feels good to be back here in Minnesota, especially around my teammates — guys I’ve been playing with since I stepped into this building,” Peterson said. “That’s what I’m enjoying the most. It’s unfortunate when you get guys like DeMarco Murray, who leaves Dallas, and they’re in single-back, I-formation. And now you go to Philadelphia, and it’s not that. So that right there, itself, can change things.”
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 14, 2015
Minnesota’s defense 18.2 points (6th), 232.0 passing yards (12th) and 125.5 rushing yards (26th) per game. Harrison Smith leads the Vikings with 26 tackles, Everson Griffen has three sacks and Xavier Rhodes has three pass deflections.
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Kansas City Chiefs 1-2 On Road this season
- Minnesota Vikings 7-3 At Home since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 3-1 When Line was 42.5 to 45.5 since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 4-2 As Home Favorite since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 5-6 O-U On Road since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 4-6 O-U At Home since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 5-8 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 0-3 O-U When Line is <45 this season
- Minnesota Vikings 4-8 O-U When Line is <45 since last season
- Kansas City Chiefs 4-5 O-U When Line was 42.5 to 45.5 since last season
- Minnesota Vikings 0-3 O-U When Line was 42.5 to 45.5 this season
The Chiefs are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a S.U. loss, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 6, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in October, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall, and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on field turf.
The Vikings are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games following a SU loss, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in Week 6, 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win, 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games in October, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall, and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a bye week.
My NFL Week 6 Betting Pick: Vikings -4 over the Chiefs
PLAYERS OUT OR DOUBTFUL:
- Kansas City: Jamaal Charles.
- Minnesota: Josh Robinson.