Vikings Podcast: Outclassed & Outcoached

Beating the Kansas City Chiefs begins with trying to outsmart Andy Reid. Easier said than done, of course, but a task that’s all but necessary when the KC roster boasts so much talent.

Unfortunately, the Chiefs’ HC got the better of the Vikings’ HC, contributing to the 27-20 loss that sunk Minnesota down to a 1-4 record. In the latest episode of Notes from the North — a Vikings podcast — Sizzlin’ Sam and I unpack the significance of dropping the ball (at times, literally) against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 5.

Vikings Podcast: October 9th, 2023

Sizzlin’ Sam, never one to waste words, offers a few thoughts on what the podcast episode has to offer.

“Kyle and Sam discuss another disappointing loss to the Chiefs to move them to 1-4 on the season,” Sizzlin’ Sam says. “From decision-making to execution, they wrestle with what exactly to make of this team. They discuss where this team is amongst the rest of the NFL, what lies ahead, and what decisions may be made from here on out.”

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Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Mike Edwards (21) breaks up a pass to Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) in the third quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Somehow, Justin Jefferson finished his day with just 3 catches for 28 yards. Credit to Kansas City for making an earnest effort to challenge #18, but there needs to be more from Minnesota when it comes to getting Jefferson involved. Kevin O’Connell has to do a better job of getting his WR1 into the game.

More concerning, perhaps, are the timeout foibles, the lost turnover battle, and the refusal to run the football. Yes, Jordan Addison showed promise and Garrett Bradbury’s return was positive, but the team’s offense has a long way to go. The expectation was elite but they’re fairly average after 5 games.

Oct 1, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) reacts after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Those who are more willing to lean into a positive mentality will see the Danielle Hunter and Marcus Davenport sacks. Camryn Bynum — missed interception aside — has been playing well. And, truth be told, the running game isn’t bad. The team must commit to running the football more, a strategic change that would mean Cousins getting hit far less while also offering the potential of winning the time of possession battle. Alexander Mattison and Cam Akers are showing some good burst and toughness.

Oct 8, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) passes against the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

What happens if Minnesota drops their game in Week 6?

A trip to Soldier Field appears easy. Minnesota has a better team than Chicago. Full stop. And yet we also realize that divisional games can be odd (especially on the road) and that the Vikings seldom desire a reality where they actually adhere to what they should do. Losing to the Bears would put the Vikings firmly in last place in the division while basically functioning as the death knell for the playoffs.

Sep 24, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) talks with Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1) on field after the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco awaits for Monday Night Football in Week 7. Everyone knows how that game will go. Like a group of teenagers going into a party organized by Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers, the Vikings are going to leave that game in rough shape.

Folks who are into Vikings podcasts or think they’d like to get into Vikings podcasts should feel free to give Notes from the North a shot. Hop over to iTunes, Spotify, or Podbean. My understanding is that you don’t need an account at these spots. Just press play and enjoy the pod.

Enjoy the listening, Vikings fan.

K. Joudry is the Senior Editor for Vikings Territory and PurplePTSD. He has been covering the Vikings full time since the summer of 2021. He can be found on Twitter and as a co-host for Notes from the North, a humble Vikings podcast.