Offensively, the Minnesota Vikings struggled in the early part of the 2019 season. In their first four games, the Vikings averaged 21 points per contest, but most of that was because of the success of the ground game. The next four games, things changed. Kirk Cousins and the offense got on track, and the Vikings averaged 31 points per game during that stretch.
On Sunday, this Minnesota(6-2) offense may have to score a lot of points. The Vikings will travel to Kansas City(5-3) to battle the explosive Chiefs, and even without Pat Mahomes, the Chiefs’ offense is still explosive with Matt Moore as the quarterback.
“They’re fast, really fast,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said about the Chiefs’ offense on Wednesday. “(Mecole) Hardman, all of them, (Sammy) Watkins, they’re all fast, every one of their guys. Their running backs are fast, (LeSean) McCoy and (Damien) Williams… So we’ll have to be on our toes, and we’re going to have to play good against them and try to eliminate some big plays.”
Fortunately for the Vikings, their offense is playing at a high level, and when asked if he feels the Vikings’ offense is better equipped to win a high-scoring game, Zimmer had this to say:
“I mean we’ve been fortunate, we’ve been able to move the ball pretty well,” he said. “That does give me hope, and we’ve run it in a variety of ways. We can score in a variety of ways, whether it’s running or throwing. So I guess the answer would be yes.”
Currently, Minnesota is on a four-game winning streak, and Zimmer knows that the Vikings have to be at their best if they want to beat the Chiefs.
“I think we play a lot of contenders in these next eight weeks, and they(Chiefs) obviously are a contender,” Zimmer said. “This will be a good test for us; they’re a good football team. We’re going to have to play good to win.”
Zimmer is right. Playing the Chiefs will be a huge test for this football team, and It will be very interesting to see if the Vikings can pass the test on Sunday.