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So it wasn’t as rough as Week 2, but Sunday’s NFL action featured a number of key injuries that will change the depth charts on a number of teams. For the second consecutive week, a Vikings quarterback leads off the injury update. This time it’s rookie Teddy Bridgewater, who injured his ankle while attempting to score from the 1-yard line late in Minnesota’s 41-28 win over Atlanta.
Bridgewater, who had an excellent all-around outing in his first career start, had X-rays that were reportedly negative. He vowed to be ready for this Thursday’s matchup with Green Bay. Early indications are that Bridgewater has suffered a relatively minor sprain, but his status will depend largely upon how much swelling, pain and decrease in range of motion he experiences over the next 24-48 hours. With the short turnaround time between games, Christian Ponder will have to be at the ready to start against the Packers if Bridgewater’s ankle doesn’t heal quickly enough.
The Chiefs are coming off their best performance of the season and are getting a little healthier. Jamaal Charles is expected to play on Monday night after sitting out last week. Alex Smith led an efficient offensive attack last week in the win against Miami. More of the same could help the Chiefs foil the experts’ picks.
Over at USA Today, all seven experts are siding with the Patriots to walk out with a victory. Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post picked the Chiefs, citing New England’s allowance of a league-high 44 pressures on Tom Brady. Five of the eight men of CBS Sports see Kansas City covering the spread, but only John Breech believes the Chiefs will win outright at home.
Here at SB Nation, the Patriots are getting love as evidenced below, although some do believe in Kansas City. For all of our NFL Week 4 picks, go here.
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Kansas City is injured, but is in the process of turning its season around after a 34-15 beating of the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. The Chiefs were surprisingly blown out at home in the season opener, 26-10 by the Tennessee Titans, and lost All-Pro linebacker Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito to Achilles injuries.