While the Minnesota Vikings have held double-digit leads in the second half of every game, the Kansas City Chiefs have not led at any point. Both teams, though, are 0-3 and in danger of seeing their seasons slip away as Kansas City hosts Minnesota on Sunday. The Vikings, seeking to avoid their first 0-4 start since 2002, have led by at least 10 points at halftime in each contest. Their biggest blown lead came last Sunday, ahead 20-0 at the half in Detroit only to fall 26-23 in overtime.
The Chiefs, who started 3-0 last year en route to winning the AFC West, are at risk of their second 0-4 start in three years. They've given up an NFL-high 109 points and have scored a league-low 27. Matt Cassel was intercepted in the final minute to end Kansas City's comeback attempt last week in a 20-17 loss to San Diego. The Chiefs were held to 34 total yards in the first half while failing to record a first down. The Chiefs' 28th-ranked run defense now must make its goal to slow down Adrian Peterson.
Kansas City is allowing 123.0 rushing yards per game, while Peterson is averaging 98.7 for Minnesota's third-ranked rushing attack (159.0 ypg). Peterson ran for 78 yards and a touchdown against Detroit, though he had only five yards on five rushes in the second half. Frazier admitted he must make sure to keep getting his star running back carries regardless of the game situation. Donovan McNabb has a 106.7 passer rating in two career starts against Kansas City, which struggled to run the ball last week in its first full game since losing All-Pro Jamaal Charles to a season-ending injury. The Chiefs averaged 3.0 yards per rush as Dexter McCluster and Thomas Jones took the bulk of the carries. They may have just as tough a time against a Vikings defense allowing 67.3 rushing yards per game to rank fourth in the NFL.
The Vikings need to lean on their fourth-ranked run defense to put the game into Cassel's slumping hands. The Chiefs rank ninth in rushing and average 4.6 yards per carry. Dexter McCluster averages 6.6 a carry. Cassel, however, directs the 31st-ranked passing attack. His 65.5 passer rating is 31st in the league, and his 53.6 rating on third down is 29th. This might come down to who has the ball last, so we suggest you buy down and hope the purple people eaters finally break through.