Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— Coach Mike Zimmer is operating under the assumption that starting wide receivers Mike Wallace and Charles Johnson will play this weekend, something that seemed far from a sure thing a few days ago.
— The Vikings are feeding Adrian Peterson an average of 18.8 carries through four games. But the 30-year-old running back says he feels fresh after missing most of the 2014 season as he dealt with his legal issues.
— The Vikings have done a pretty good job of keeping tight ends in check. However, they’ve yet to face one as good as the guy from the Chiefs.
— After allowing a season-high seven sacks against the Broncos, the Vikings offensive linemen have emphasized protecting QB Teddy Bridgewater.
— With the Chiefs coming to town, columnist Sid Hartman reminisced about the Vikings losing to the Chiefs in their first Super Bowl appearance in 1970. Sid was two months shy of 50 years old then. Seriously.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
— Chiefs running back Knile Davis was demoted in favor of Charcandrick West, but he hopes his patience and hard work will eventually pay off.
— With outside linebacker Tamba Hali dealing with a sore knee, it could be time for Dee Ford, Kansas City’s first-rounder in 2014, to finally start.
— Eric Berry, Kansas City’s Pro Bowl safety, continues to surpass all reasonable expectations after fending off cancer this offseason.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings hit the practice fields at 11 a.m. Afterward, Coach Zimmer will be on the podium and the locker room will be open to reporters.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Anthony Barr was almost exclusively an edge rusher at UCLA. Dropping into coverage was not something he was asked to do very often. That sure changed when he came to Minnesota, where Zimmer uses Barr in a variety of roles. Barr is often asked to cover running backs and tight ends, sometimes even wide receivers. And he has fared well at it this season. According to Pro Football Focus, Barr has allowed a reception every 13.3 snaps in coverage, a rate that ranks second among 4-3 outside linebackers behind only Miami’s Jelani Jenkins. Defensive coordinator George Edwards thinks that is because Barr now has a much better grasp of Zimmer’s defense. “You can just tell he’s starting to be a lot more communicative himself,” Edwards said. “So I think that kind of helps the whole out a bunch, where he’s not having to second-guess himself or think about what his responsibility is.”