Five things the KC Chiefs must do to beat the Minnesota Vikings

Heading into the Sunday afternoon matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, what must the KC Chiefs do in order to improve to 4-1?
Sep 24, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18)
Sep 24, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson (18) / Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Pressure Kirk Cousins

Other than struggling on primetime, if there's one thing that Kirk Cousins is known for, it's not exactly being the mobile passer in the game. When kept clean, Cousins is one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL and is not prone to mistakes. When under pressure, his accuracy his dipped, his yards per attempts decreases by almost 20%, and he's fumbled twice.

Overall, the Vikings' offensive line has been one of the better pass-protecting groups in all of football this season. The weak link on the unit is second-year right guard Ed Ingram. In 180 pass-blocking snaps, Ingram has surrendered 14 pressures and three sacks. His 95.0% pass-blocking efficiency ranks 71st out of 79 qualified guards this year, per Pro Football Focus ($). The best chance the Chiefs have at pressuring Cousins is from the interior with Chirs Jones wreaking havoc.

Although Cousins can be slightly more reckless with the football when under pressure, he's actually been productive when he's been blitzed. According to Pro Football Focus ($), he has the second-highest passer rating when blitzed at 128.0, trailing only Josh Allen. When he hasn't been blitzed, his passer rating dips to 90.1.

I'm not saying that Steve Spagnuolo shouldn't blitz in this game, he should but he needs to be creative. Cousins has been in the NFL for over a decade and there isn't much that he hasn't seen before. When he's in trouble, he'll lean on the same guy he has for the past several seasons in Justin Jefferson. Speaking of JJ...