One of the invisible men in the Vikings offense thus far this season has been wide receiver Greg Camarillo
. Last year, Camarillo was third among wide receivers on the team with 20 receptions and lined up as the return man for all but three punts in 2010.
This year, he has been replaced by Marcus Sherels
on punt returns and effectively replaced by Michael Jenkins
and Devin Aromashodu
as a wide receiver in the offense. He has yet to catch a pass and has been a healthy inactive scratch the last two weeks. Barring something unforeseen, he will be inactive again today at Kansas City.
That is significant considering that from 2007-2010 he had been inactive just once in the 58 games he played in that span. He has doubled that total in the last two weeks.
Camarillo said he has been preparing each week not knowing whether he will be active or inactive. He said he has had a hunch the last couple of weeks that he likely wouldn't be on the game-day roster, but said he never truly knows until he shows up in the locker room.
"You can get an idea, based on the depth chart," Camarillo said. "But you don't know for sure until you get in the locker room and see a T-shirt instead of a helmet. I had a general idea, but you never know for sure."
As it currently stands, it appears as though the Vikings will continue to go with four wide receivers – Percy Harvin
, Michael Jenkins, Bernard Berrian
and Devin Aromashodu – and Camarillo will be a likely candidate to be inactive for a third straight week. Does he expect the recent trend to continue?
"I hope not," Camarillo said. "I want to play. It's just what the team needs each week. It's a coach's decision."
VIKINGS-CHIEFS BY THE NUMBERS
The Vikings have the 24th-ranked offense in the league (3rd rushing, 29th passing) and the 20th-ranked defense (4th rushing, 29th passing).
The Chiefs have the 30th-ranked offense (9th rushing, 31st passing) and the 23rd-ranked defense (28th rushing, 21st passing).
The Vikings are averaging 302 yards a game (159 rushing, 143 passing), while allowing 367 yards a game (67 rushing, 300 passing). The Chiefs are averaging 244 yards a game (113 rushing, 131 passing), while allowing 383 yards a game (123 rushing, 260 passing).
The only team other than the Vikings with more yards rushing than passing is the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Vikings offense is 16th in the red zone, scoring touchdowns on five of 11 possessions (45.5 percent). The Chiefs are tied for 18th, scoring TDs on three of seven possessions (42.9 percent).
The Vikings defense is tied for 11th in the red zone, allowing touchdowns on five of 12 opponent possessions (41.7 percent). The Chiefs are 31st, allowing touchdowns in 11 of 14 possessions (78.6 percent).
No team has allowed more opponents into the red zone or allowed more red zone touchdowns than Kansas City.
Chiefs opponents have scored on all 14 red zone possessions – 11 touchdowns, three field goals. Only six teams have allowed opponents to score every time they get in the red zone.
The Vikings defense is ranked 31st in third-down efficiency, allowing teams to convert on 20 of 42 attempts (47.6 percent). The Chiefs are tied for 28th, allowing teams to convert 20 of 43 attempts (46.5 percent). The league average is 38 percent conversions on third down.
The Vikings were among the league leaders last year in allowing the fewest first downs via penalty. They have allowed eight such first downs this year. Only two teams have more – St. Louis (9) and Oakland (16).
The Chiefs are at or near the bottom of many statistical categories. On offense, they are 30th in average per pass, 31st in interception percentage, 32nd in first downs per game, 28th in third-down efficiency, 32nd in points scored and 30th in field goal percentage. Defensively, the Chiefs rank 31st in sacks per pass play, tied for 28th in third-down efficiency and 32nd in points allowed.
The Vikings are third in the league in rushing and first in rushing average per attempt.
The Vikings are tied for 13th in giveaway-takeaway ratio at plus-1 (three takeaways, two giveaways). The Chiefs are tied for 30th at minus-6 (four takeaways, 10 giveaways).
The Vikings' two giveaways are tied for least in the league. The Chiefs 10 giveaways are tied for most.
Neither the Chiefs nor Vikings have posted a 300-yard passing day. The Chiefs haven't allowed a 300-yard passer. The Vikings have allowed two in three games.
The Chiefs haven't allowed a 100-yard receiving day against them and have one from Dwayne Bowe. The Vikings have yet to notch a 100-yard receiving day and have allowed two.
The Vikings have one 100-yard rushing game from Adrian Peterson and have allowed none. The Chiefs have no 100-yard rushing games and have allowed one.
Both Donovan McNabb and Matt Cassel are near the bottom in several passer rankings. McNabb is 30th in attempts (81), 31st in completions (47), 30th in yards (478), tied for 26th in touchdown passes (2) and 26th in passer rating (78.1). Cassel is tied for 28th in attempts (82), tied for 24th in completions (54), 31st in yards (428), 31st in average gain (5.22 yards), tied for 30th in interceptions (5) and 31st in passer rating (65.5).
Neither QB has been impressive late. In the fourth quarter, McNabb is 21st in passer rating at 79.1 – completing 15 of 25 passes for 162 yards with no TDs and no interceptions. Cassel is 30th with a fourth-quarter passer rating of 49.1 – completing 16 of 27 passes for 161 yards with one TD and three interceptions.
Adrian Peterson is sixth in the league in rushing with 296 yards. Oakland's Darren McFadden leads the league with 393 yards. Versatile Dexter McCluster leads the Chiefs in rushing with 138 yards, good for 27th place.
Michael Jenkins is tied for 24th in receptions with 15 to lead the Vikings and Percy Harvin is tied for 49th with 12. McCluster is tied for 33rd with 14 receptions.
Jenkins leads the Vikings with 143 receiving yards, which is only 63rd in the NFL. Dwayne Bowe is tied for 38th with 186 yards.
Peterson is tied for eighth place in scoring among non-kickers with 18 points on three touchdowns. No Chief has more than one touchdown.
Ryan Longwell is tied for 12th in scoring among kickers with 24 points. Ryan Succop of Kansas City is tied for 31st with just nine points in three games.
Peterson is 11th in total yards from scrimmage with 342 (296 rushing, 46 receiving). Bowe is 54th in the league with 197 (186 receiving, 11 rushing).
Marcus Sherels is tied for seventh in punt-return average at 13.3 yards. The Chiefs haven't received enough punts to have a player that qualifies.
Harvin is third in the league in kickoff return average at 38 yards per return. Marty Booker is eighth in the league with 29.8-yard average. McCluster is 13th with a 23.8-yard average.
Jared Allen is tied for second in the league in sacks with 4.5, trailing only DeMarcus Ware of the Cowboys, who has five sacks. Brian Robison is tied for 16th with 2.5 sacks. Tamba Hali leads the Chiefs with two, which ties him for 23rd place.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
The Vikings and Chiefs have both struggled on offense – the Vikings in the passing game and the Chiefs rushing and passing. After a quick look at Greg Camarillo's status, we dive into the details of the numbers for Sunday's game.
Dive into the details of the numbers between the Vikings and Chiefs and see where they struggle.