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Kirk Cousins has handled the blitz well this season, and the Chiefs like to blitz

The Kansas City Chiefs defense has sent extra rushers after quarterbacks so much recently that Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said, “It could be their identity now,” as he exaggerated seeing “16, 17, 18 blitzes in a row” on recent film.

That approach, if Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo keeps his foot on the gas Sunday against quarterback Kirk Cousins, could lead to boom-or-bust plays for the Vikings. Perhaps more boom than bust as Cousins leads the NFL with a 130 passer rating against the blitz this season, according to Pro Football Focus.

“There’s a risk/reward to it,” coordinator Kevin Stefanski said Thursday.