The Kansas City Chiefs may not need Patrick Mahomes to win. In fact, the Chiefs could pose a serious challenge to the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday even without him.
Backup quarterback Matt Moore was impressive leading the Chiefs offense on Sunday night against a Packers team that is one of the best in the NFL. Though the team fell short, it wasn’t until late in the fourth quarter that the game was out of reach.
It is unclear whether Mahomes or Moore will start on Sunday, but both players give this Chiefs team a chance to win. The story for the Chiefs has been the same all season. With the exception of a couple weeks where Mahomes hasn’t been himself, Kansas City has a dominant passing attack that makes them one of the most dangerous teams in the league.
Though Kansas City’s defense has been maligned in the past, thanks in part to the fact that Mahomes sets up shootouts, they’ve played pretty well this year. The 13th-ranked unit has some bright stars like linebackers Damien Wilson and Anthony Hitchens and defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon, who have helped keep this defense together despite injuries.
Overcoming a slow start, Minnesota has been rolling in recent weeks. Kirk Cousins has gotten his sometimes erratic play under control and he has a four-game winning streak to show for it. Cousins has been minimizing turnovers and putting up big numbers. Running back Dalvin Cook has been a workhorse, averaging over 100 yards a game so far this year. The Vikings have developed into one of the most explosive offenses in football, comfortable winning through the air or on the ground.
Like the Chiefs, the Vikings have a solid defense. The 11th-ranked unit has been solid this year, with particularly great play from linebackers Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks and defensive ends Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter.
If we knew we were getting Mahomes at 100%, you would have to give the edge to the Chiefs here. But, if we get Mahomes at 65% or another week with Moore, we lean towards the Vikings. Kansas City doesn’t have a player dynamic as Dalvin Cook in their backfield and you have to give their receivers the edge.
This game feels like a toss-up, depending on personnel. Both teams have solid defenses and explosive offenses. No matter who shows up on the field, Kansas City has a chance to win.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Minnesota Vikings
- When: Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1pm ET
- Where: Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
- Streaming: Fox, NFL Sunday Ticket
There are a number of options for watching Vikings vs. Chiefs on streaming platforms that carry FOX. However, consult a coverage map to see what game your regional channel will be playing.
If a game is not being carried in your area, the only option might be an NFL Sunday Ticket package.
Chiefs vs. Vikings live stream: How to watch NFL online
- Cost: $54.99 per month
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
If you’re a big-time sports fan, FuboTV is your best streaming service option. If you love international soccer and you’re a Spanish speaker, FuboTV also offers various add-on packages, including Fubo Latino and Fubo Português. FuboTV’s basic plan showcases nearly 100 channels and includes NFL Network. At $54.99 per month, you’ll also get FS1, FS2, NBCSN, NBA TV, Big Ten Network, Pac 12 Network, BeIn Sports, and CBS Sports Network, along with premium channels like FX/FXX/FXM. The only notable omission for sports fans is ESPN. You can add Fubo’s Sports Plus package for an additional $8.99 per month, which allows you to stream NFL RedZone, (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
- Cost: $44.99 per month
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its offerings, including ESPN and FS1, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
3) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Both Sling Blue ($25 per month) or Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month) include NFL Network and a number of sports channels—like three ESPN channels and NBCSN—and it’s still a nice perk that Sling subscribers can order a la carte packages. Sling TV also offers a special Latino package for bilingual viewers. Sling TV is currently offering a deal where you can subscribe for 40% off the regular price for the first month of your subscription. That means Sling Blue would cost $15, and Sling Orange + Blue would cost $25. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.)
For $10 extra per month, you can get NFL RedZone via the Sling Blue Sports Extra package.
Unfortunately, due to a contract dispute, as of Sept. 26 Sling no longer carries Fox, FS1, and FS2. But there is a workaround.
How to use AirTV with Sling
AirTV solves one of Sling’s biggest problems: The inability to receive all of your local channels. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can merge those local channels into your Sling TV, (or on your mobile device if you have the basic AirTV). As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.” While select football games are no longer on Sling after its contract impasse with Fox—which for now means no Fox, FS1, or FS2 via Sling—you can still catch the Fox telecasts with AirTV.
The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.
But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services like Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All those services have plenty of local channels.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you’d like to watch live NFL games directly from your PS4, PlayStation Vue is your best bet. PlayStation also works with streaming devices like Roku and Amazon Fire products, but what separates PlayStation from the rest of the streaming services is that it’s also compatible with Kodi. No matter how you stream, you’ll get to choose from four tiers of channels—all but the cheapest include NFL Network. From there, you can also add NFL RedZone as part of the $10-per-month Sports Pack, which also unlocks ESPN Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Longhorn Network, Outside TV, and NBCUniversal regional sports networks. You can see the full list of PlayStation Vue channels here. Two other great perks: You can stream on up to five devices at once, and there’s also unlimited cloud DVR.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
Cost: $73.99 per month for four months, or one single payment of $293.96
There are two—and only two—ways of acquiring NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV.
There’s NFLSundayTicket.TV, which costs $73.99 per month for four months. It’s everything you love NFL Sunday Ticket but online-only. You can stream from pretty much any device that connects to the internet (but only on one device at a time).
You can also upgrade to the NFLST.TV Max bundle for a total of $99 per month for four months or one single payment of $395.99. You can also add on NFL Game Pass, which allows you to watch replays of every game after they air, for $50 for the full season.
There’s another way to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without DirecTV: Amazon Prime. While you can’t pay for the package using Amazon Prime, you can at least watch all of the games on the service. To start, first download the NFL Sunday Ticket channel on Amazon Prime. It’s free. From there, you’ll just need to sign in with your subscription credentials.
College students can purchase NFL Sunday Ticket at a discounted price through NFLSundayTicket.TV U.
Fantasy football: Who should I start?
Adam Thielen, Wide Receiver: It looks like Thielen will be healthy and ready to go this week. Stefon Diggs and Dalvin Cook are still must-starts, but unless we hear bad news before Sunday, Thielen is ready to go into fantasy line-ups as well.
Tyreek Hill, Wide Receiver: Hill didn’t even skip a beat in terms of production with Moore throwing to him. Hill has led the Chiefs in receiving for the last three games, and that should continue.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Minnesota Vikings: Why it matters
Right now, these teams feel pretty evenly matched. With Matt Moore in the lineup, the Vikings probably have the edge. That being said, with how competitive the Chiefs were against the Packers, this game could still go either way.
The Vikings are chasing the Packers in the extremely competitive NFC North, so this game probably means a little more to them. That being said, with the Chiefs having some bad luck and some tough injuries, they need every win they can if they hope to earn a first-round playoff bye.
Minnesota needs a win slightly more, and they are a little healthier, so we give them the edge. But, this could be one of the best and most competitive games of the week.
- How to watch NFL RedZone without cable
- How to watch NFL Sunday Ticket without a DirecTV satellite
- How to watch NFL Network online (without cable)
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