3 reasons why the Vikings will upset the Chiefs in Week 5

Minnesota Vikings running back Cam Akers
Minnesota Vikings running back Cam Akers / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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Reason No. 2

Minnesota's rushing attack

Vikings running back Alexander Mattison got a majority of the carries in the Week 4 win over Carolina, going for 95 yards on 17 carries.

But it seemed that when new Vikings running back Cam Akers was on the field against the Panthers, the offense was more in sync. Akers finished with seven total touches for 51 total yards (40 rushing, 11 receiving).

The Chiefs are allowing 104 yards per game on the ground this season, which is very respectable, but outside of Chris Jones, their defense has had their fair share of troubles if you go all the way back to Week 1 against the Detroit Lions.

If Minnesota can stay consistent with the run game, it will open up plays in the passing game for Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson to exploit.

A good mix of Akers and Mattison can go a long way for the Vikings offense in a game that you can assume will be a shoot-out.