KANSAS CITY AT VIKINGS
TCF Bank Stadium
TV: Ch. 9
Radio: 100.3-FM, 1130-AM
About the CHIEFS (1-4)
• After losing in dramatic fashion in the final minute of Week 2 against Denver 31-24, things have gotten only worse for the Chiefs. They ride a four-game losing streak into TCF Bank Stadium. They beat Houston 27-20 in Week 1 for their only win.
• The Chiefs lost four-time Pro Bowl RB Jamaal Charles on Sunday. Charles tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the third quarter of an 18-17 loss to Chicago and is out for the season.
• The Chiefs have won four of their past five games against the Vikings. Kansas City won the last meeting 22-17 at home in October 2011.
• Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has 36 catches for 483 yards. He had eight receptions for 85 yards on Sunday.
Player speak S HUSAIN ABDULLAH
• Abdullah helped lead one of the top defenses in the NFL last season and put together one of his strongest seasons with 71 tackles, 10 passes defensed and one interception returned for a touchdown.
• The former Vikings safety has 12 tackles, but no interceptions through five weeks of the season.
• On losing Charles for the season: “It’s definitely very difficult to see one of your leaders go down, but it’s just one those things where everyone has to pick it up.”
• On why the defense has struggled to maintain last year’s strong presence: “We’re not ourselves. Last year, regardless of the situation or the moment we were put in, we were able to make the play.”
Coach Speak ANDY REID
• Reid is in his 17th season as a head coach and third with the Chiefs. He led the team to 20 wins over his first two seasons.
• On a bad Week 5: “[Charles got hurt] and the missed field goal kind of happened at the same time. So it was a little bit of a double-dipper. But that’s not the reason why we didn’t play well enough there in the second half. … We just got to focus in on the things we can control and take care of business there.”
• On moving forward without his top running back: “The players that are filling in, they know they got to step up. They’ve got an opportunity. This league is all about opportunities.”