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    how can we not be underdogs? we've scraped past 2 n lost 1, without showing anything that any team would be scared of. the bills are resilient at home, with mcgahee playing well & an improving defense. it'll be a tough battle on both sides & on that basis, you have to edge the home side. our defense has been good, but we have to stuff their run, plus we need to find some offensie rhythm in a tough environment. winnable, but tough.

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    28 September 2006


    The Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills are frustrated, and with good reason.

    After costly turnovers nullified otherwise solid outings last week, both teams look to get back on track when they meet for the first time in four years Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
    The Vikings (2-1) have boasted a tough defense this season, allowing only 287.3 yards per game, including just 87.0 on the ground. They've also held all three opponents under 20 points.

    Minnesota's offense, though, is struggling.

    The Vikings are averaging 320.0 yards and 17.0 points, leaving the team to grind out each game. That worked for the first two contests this season as Minnesota used late field goals from Ryan Longwell to beat Washington and Carolina.

    Minnesota appeared to be on its way to another win last week when Antoine Winfield, who played his first five seasons with Buffalo, returned an interception seven yards for a touchdown to give the team a fourth-quarter lead against Chicago.

    Running back Chester Taylor fumbled in the final minutes, however, leading to a game-winning drive for the Bears and a 19-16 Vikings' loss.

    "The past few weeks, we've been grinding down teams in the fourth quarter. It just worked the other way this time," said Taylor, who leads the NFL with 75 rushes and is third in the NFC with 275 yards.

    The Vikings' biggest problem this season has been their inability to score offensive touchdowns. Minnesota has only two, both in Week 1, and last week all three trips inside the 30-yard line resulted in field goals.

    Longwell, acquired from Green Bay in the offseason, has factored into 33 of Minnesota's 51 points, kicking eight field goals, three extra points and throwing a 16-yard TD pass to Richard Owens on a fake field goal against the Panthers.

    Quarterback Brad Johnson has completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 660 yards and one touchdown and one interception, but has struggled to make a big impact.

    "When we get in the red zone sometimes, we have a couple of mistakes where we hurt ourselves," Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie said. "Once we stop doing that and get seven instead of three, we'll get a lot better."

    The Vikings also need to limit their penalties after committing 26 for 197 yards this season.

    "When you get behind in the down and distance, like has been the case at times, they can gang up on you pretty good," Vikings first-year coach Brad Childress said. "When you're playing a good defense, there is not a lot of wiggle room for error."

    The Bills (1-2) found that out the hard way last week in a 28-20 loss to the New York Jets. Buffalo didn't have a turnover in its first two games, but had three last Sunday, negating its best offensive performance in four years.

    The Bills amassed 475 yards, more than double their first two games of the season, and got a career performance from J.P. Losman. The second-year quarterback posted career highs in yards passing (328) and completions (22), and scored his first career rushing touchdown.

    "Yeah, I think everyone's frustrated. You've got to be frustrated," said Losman, who has lost nine of his 11 career starts. "As well as we moved the ball ... not being able to pull it out is even more frustrating."

    Losman, who threw for only 247 yards over the first two games, finally got some of his receivers into the mix as Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish each posted 100-yard games.

    Running back Willis McGahee leads the NFL with 311 yards rushing on 71 carries, including a career-high 150 yards last Sunday.

    "It's a bad feeling," McGahee said of the loss. "But you've go to put it behind you."

    Buffalo starting linebacker Takeo Spikes remains questionable for this game with a right hamstring injury. The two-time Pro Bowler has been out since suffering the injury in the season opener.

    The Bills will try to snap a four-game home losing streak dating to last November, while Minnesota has won four of its last five on the road.

    The Vikings are 7-3 against the Bills, including a 4-2 mark in Buffalo, but the teams haven't met there since 1997. Buffalo beat Minnesota 45-39 in overtime in their last meeting on Sept. 15, 2002.



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    thats ok, let them keep having us as underdogs..i am sure there is enough crow pie to last the season.... ;D
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    Re: Vikings bills preview

    "Vikes_King" wrote:
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    Grrr > how the hell are we underdogs again??!?!?!?!
    because we play in minnesota

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    The Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills are frustrated, and with good reason.......
    Ground Hogs Day already Prophet?
    ;D

    That article was the 1st post in this thread.

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    Friday, September 29, 2006

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    [size=13pt]Bills, Vikings, Seek to Get Well With Win[/size]

    (Sports Network) - A pair of teams coming off divisional losses will meet this Sunday in Buffalo, as the Bills host the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

    The Bills were handed a 28-20 setback by the visiting New York Jets last week. It was Buffalo's third straight game against an AFC East opponent to start the season, and first at home.

    Last Sunday's loss dropped Buffalo to 6-12 in September and October games since the start of the 2004 season.

    The Vikings were denied a 3-0 start to the year last week at the Metrodome, when they were handed a 19-16 setback by the rival Chicago Bears, who won the game on Rex Grossman's 24-yard touchdown pass to Rashied Davis with 1:53 left in the fourth quarter.

    Minnesota was trying to begin a season with three straight victories for the first time since a 6-0 start to the 2003 campaign.

    It was also the first career loss for Vikings rookie head coach Brad Childress.

    SERIES HISTORY

    Minnesota leads its all-time series with Buffalo, 7-3, but was a 45-39 overtime loser when the teams last met, in 2002 at the Metrodome. Minnesota's last win over the Bills occurred in 2000, and the Vikings also took a 34-13 decision when the teams last faced off in Buffalo, during the 1997 campaign. The Bills are 0-2 in home games against the Vikings since a 13-10 victory at Rich Stadium in 1988.

    Buffalo head coach Dick Jauron is 5-6 in his career against Minnesota, including a 21-16 loss in his first game as interim head coach of the Lions last season. Childress will be meeting both Jauron and the Bills for the first time as a head coach.

    VIKINGS OFFENSE VS. BILLS DEFENSE

    Childress has done an excellent job of transforming the pass-happy Vikings of the Mike Tice years into a team dedicated to the run. One of the big reasons was the offseason signing of All Pro center Steve Hutchinson, who has helped make Minnesota's offensive line into one of the best in the league. Chester Taylor (275 yards, 1 TD) has been the workhorse for Minnesota, carrying the ball 75 times in the first three games of the season. Taylor didn't have the easiest time running the ball against the tough Bears defense last week, but did finish with 74 yards on 20 carries. Backup running back Mewelde Moore (33 yards) chipped in 23 yards on three carries. Minnesota is 18th in the NFL with 107.7 rushing yards per game, but has faced three solid defenses this year in Washington, Carolina and the Bears.

    The Bills defense surrendered just 256 yards of offense last week against New York and 74 of those yards came on the ground. Kevan Barlow was the leading rusher for the Jets with 31 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Tackle Larry Tripplett helped clog up the middle of the field last Sunday and had three of his five tackles this season against the Jets. Angelo Crowell (26 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT) led the team with 10 tackles and fellow linebacker London Fletcher-Baker (27 tackles) added seven stops. Outside linebacker Takeo Spikes missed last week's game with a hamstring injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday. Buffalo is ranked 21st in the NFL with 116.3 rushing yards allowed per game.

    Although the Vikings have increased the importance of the ground game in their offense, they haven't exactly abandoned the aerial attack. Minnesota is 15th in the league this year with 212.3 passing yards per contest. Veteran quarterback Brad Johnson (660 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) has managed the offense well and is sporting a decent passer rating of 81.8. Johnson completed 21-of-31 passes for 194 yards in last week's loss to the Bears. Travis Taylor (10 receptions, 171 yards) led the Vikings with six catches for 82 yards. Troy Williamson, who is Minnesota's leading receiver with 14 catches for 218 yards, caught just four balls for 39 yards.

    Buffalo's strong suit on defense so far has been at containing the pass. The Bills have allowed just 169.3 passing yards per game and are ranked seventh in the NFL in that category. Last week, Buffalo held Pennington to 183 yards through the air, but did surrender a touchdown pass. Cornerback Nate Clements (13 tackles) led the secondary with five tackles. Buffalo is fifth in the league with 11 sacks this season, but left end Chris Kelsay (9 tackles, 3 sacks) posted the only sack of the day for the Bills on Sunday. Strong safety Matt Bowen has missed the first three games of the season with a shin injury, but is questionable for this week's test.

    BILLS OFFENSE VS. VIKINGS DEFENSE

    Buffalo has the 22nd rated offense in the NFL this season, but the team has done an excellent job at running the football. The Bills are averaging 124.3 yards per game on the ground and have the ninth-best rushing offense in the league. Willis McGahee (311 yards) turned in an excellent performance last week against the Jets, rushing for 150 yards on 26 attempts. However, the Miami-Florida product has still yet to score a touchdown this season. Quarterback J.P. Losman had some success with his legs, as he scrambled three times for 14 yards and a touchdown.

    Minnesota has done a solid job of stopping the run so far this season and is ranked 10th in the league with 87 rushing yards allowed per game. The Vikings surrendered just 51 yards last week against the Bears. Nose tackle Pat Williams (9 tackles) led the run-stopping effort with four tackles. Linebacker Ben Leber (6 tackles) added three stops for the Vikings. Both Williams (ankle) and Leber (knee) are questionable for this week's game.

    Losman (575 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT) has done a solid job at leading the offense this season, but Buffalo is still 29th in the NFL with just 171 passing yards per game. Last week, Losman completed 22-of-38 passes for 328 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also had a pair of costly fumbles one of which was returned for a Jets touchdown and another that halted a drive in the red zone. The third-year QB out of Tulane does have a solid 86.2 rating this season. Wideouts Lee Evans and Roscoe Parrish had big games for the Bills last week. Evans (12 rec., 151 yards) had eight catches for 107 yards and Parrish (7 rec., 128 yards, 1 TD) hauled in four balls for 104 yards, including a 51- yard TD reception. Peerless Price (8 rec., 86 yards) added three receptions for 49 yards.

    The Vikings gave up the big touchdown pass to Grossman last week, but did play well against the pass for most of the game. Grossman completed 23-of-41 passes for 278 yards with the TD and two interceptions. Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield (24 tackles, 1 INT) led the team with 10 tackles and also had an interceptions. Safety Dwight Smith (10 tackles, 1 INT) added four stops and notched the other interception. Defensive end Darrion Scott (3 tackles, 1 sack) posted the only sack of the game for Minnesota. The Vikings are 15th in the league this season with 200.3 passing yards allowed per game.

    OVERALL ANALYSIS

    The Bills may have taken the Jets for granted last week and played a sloppy football game. That was a game they should have won, but this week they have a tougher matchup against the Vikings. Minnesota's offensive line should control the line of scrimmage, and Taylor will have his best game of the season as a result. McGahee will also get his share of yards for Buffalo, but it won't be enough to help his team avoid an 0-2 start at home.

    Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Vikings 21, Bills 17

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    [size=13pt]Trench warfare points to Week 4 loss for Bills[/size]

    By Connor J. Byrne on September 29, 2006 01:28 AM
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    The Buffalo Bills will play their second consecutive home game this Sunday, as they face off with the 2-1 Minnesota Vikings , who have been one of the better teams in the NFC this season. Buffalo, currently sitting at 1-2, is in a crucial situation, since it lost a key divisional game in Ralph Wilson Stadium to the New York Jets last weekend.

    Frankly, it's going to be extremely difficult for the Bills to avoid a second straight loss. Why? Well, on paper the Western New Yorkers match up poorly with the Vikings, who are extremely well-constructed in the trenches and the secondary. Buffalo, on the other hand, may not be able to counter the Vikings' strengths.

    Let's take a look at where the Bills' greatest areas of concern rest for this Sunday...

    Defense:

    1. The pass rush:

    Where will it come from? The Vikings have one of the best offensive lines in the league, with left guard Steve Hutchinson and left tackle Bryant McKinnie anchoring it. Former All-Pro Matt Birk holds down the center position, making the group that much more daunting.

    Against the Jets last weekend, the Bills were only able to sack feeble quarterback Chad Pennington once. Buffalo's linemen generated no rush on Pennington, even though his line consisted of two rookies and was missing its best player, Pete Kendall.

    Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson is similar to Pennington in the sense that both take minimal-step drops in the pocket and quickly release the ball, rendering the rush useless. Johnson can easily be taken down, but it's quite difficult to get to him without superb coverage in the secondary.

    Obviously, the onus for the Bills will be on ends Aaron Schobel and Ryan Denney to get in Johnson's face, and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to call the correct blitzes in his Tampa 2 package.

    2. Stopping the run:

    Again, because of Minnesota's top-level offensive line, this is quite a tough task. The Vikings' starting running back, Chester Taylor, is unknown by the casual fan, but he's a perfect fit in Minneapolis because of the ability to gain tough yards and chew up the clock. He's done it to the tune of 275 yards in three games this year, facing the respected defenses of the Redskins, Panthers and Bears.

    Buffalo's defense is one of the better units in football, but it's not adept at stymieing opposing backs. It happened last week against New York, but the Jets have no real No. 1 runner. The other backs the Bills have faced this year - Corey Dillon, Laurence Maroney and Ronnie Brown - have taken their turns gashing the team's D. Buffalo's smallish D-tackles will likely get pushed around all day by Hutchinson and friends, setting up plenty of solid games for Taylor, likely putting him over the 100-yard mark.

    Offense
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    1. Pass protection:

    Surprisingly, the Bills' formerly hapless offensive line has performed solidly this year, which is a key reason why the new full-time starting quarterback, J.P. Losman, has surprised a lot of people. In order for the 25-year-old signal caller to maintain his economical pace, there will need to be protection, obviously.

    The Vikings have a strong defensive line, led by end Kenechi Udeze and the Williams boys at tackle, Pat and Kevin. Now, Pat Williams isn't a worry in the pass-rushing aspect, but Kevin is. The 6-foot-5, 304-pounder has 27 career sacks in only 45 games, putting him atop the league in QB sacks from the tackle position.

    If Buffalo's big men up front neutralize the Vikings' rush, the former's receivers are bound to get open. Though Minnesota has three premier defensive backs in Antoine Winfield, Fred Smoot and Darren Sharper, they can't possibly blanket speedy receivers Lee Evans, Roscoe Parrish and Peerless Price for more than a couple seconds.

    Thus, should Losman be given adequate time in the pocket, targets in the passing game can be found.

    2. Running the ball:

    It's not known by many, but the Bills' oft beleaguered runner, Willis McGahee, has 311 ground yards, good enough for first in the entire NFL. He picked up 150 last week against the Jets, but his 26 carries probably weren't enough in the end. Of course, it didn't help that Buffalo was playing catch-up for the entire second half.

    Nonetheless, if the Bills want any chance to win at all, they'll have to establish McGahee early in the ballgame. Because Pat Williams is a dominant force up front, it's important offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild avoids plays focused on carrying the ball up the middle. Instead, there should be plenty of toss sweeps to the outside, since McGahee and his stiff arm can be nearly unstoppable in the open field.

    Prediction....

    Unfortunately for the Bills, it's too hard to believe they'll be able to accomplish all of the above goals in order to beat the contending Vikings. Head coach slick willy Jauron and his team should hang close for a while, but Minnesota's ball-control offense and stifling defense will be too much in the end. Bills fall to 1-3, with a 23-14 loss.

    --Got feedback? Connor J. Byrne is reachable via e-mail: [email protected]

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    I read this article and I'm a little confused. You say the Bills really can't stop the run, but they are one of the best units in football -- it's doesn't synch-up. The Vikings have good DB's but thay can't cover the Bills receivers? I've watch all the games and I can't remember seeing the Bills receivers wide open very often, even against average at best DB's like Miami or New England. Now overall, I do think this game will be very tough for the Bills to come out on top, but that is some of the joy (and angst) that the NFL brings in that each week -- you never know exactly what will happen. I see Losman doing some more moving around the pocket and having a decent game. I see the Bills defense playing it's best game against the run this year and forcing Johnson to beat us. He won't! Score: Bills 20 Vikings 16 Go Bills!

    Posted by: Mike Kimmel | September 29, 2006 07:52 AM

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    I think you have broken it down nicely, but you left out the special teams. The Bills special teams can be dominant and may prove to be a key this Sunday. I actually think this may be one of the weeks that the Bills and Losman need to get it down field EARLY in the game to help Willis out, losen things up. Bills protect the ball they win 23-17.

    Posted by: Tim | September 29, 2006 09:16 AM

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    I think the vikings are over-rated. They beat the redskins and panthers by a combined total of 6 points. Not too impressive considering both teams have loosing records. Furthermore, there is a lot of rave that they almost beat the bears... the bears are only looking so good because they've been playing teams of the likes of Green Bay, Detroit and Minnesota - all weak teams. I think this is a case where stats and records are miss-leading - this will be an easy win for the Bills who are hungry for a win at home. Bills win 35-14.

    Posted by: Ben Lewis | September 29, 2006 11:07 AM

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    Ben Lewis, get a clue dude. The reason the Redskins and Panthers both have losing records is because the Vikings beat them both. We're only three games into the season and you're basing an opinion on trend analysis... it makes no sense. I also find it disturbing that you think the Bears are only looking good because they have played weak teams. I have no doubt that your armchair knowledge is unmatched, but the fact is, there are no easy games in the NFL. The Bears have looked good because they ARE good. The Bills may end up winning this game, but it won't be for any of the reasons you mentioned in your highly uninformed post.

    Posted by: Steve Johnson | September 29, 2006 11:56 AM

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    Ben Lewis, you're a silly guy. The Redskins and Panthers are good teams, and the Bears are a great team. The Bills may win, but they won't score 35 points, and they will not win because of any of the garbage you spewed. The Vikings are a good team, and you'll find out Sunday. The author, Connor, broke the game down perfectly.

    Posted by: VikesFan | September 29, 2006 02:08 PM

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    I think the analysis by the author is fair but he never mentioned special teams or the H factor=Heart. The biggest factors will not be just offensive and defensive match-ups or coaching alone. The Bills are a young team, with alot of heart...21 players new to the team and despite some blunders...they have an opportunity to win every game but still are 1-2. The key for the Vikings is their defense stopping McGahee, just as the Bills have to stop Taylor. The Bills rush defense is hurting with out Takeo Spikes. The offenses are about equal on paper. Defensive edge to the Vikes but Bills Defense is tuff. Special teams goes easily to the Bills. This game will come down to fighting to stop the rush in the trenches, heart, special teams, and turn overs. It is too close to call. Both teams are etter than people think. Both quarterbacks are playmakers but experience goes to Johnson...but another big game by Losman could be the real difference to a young team with a big heart. Prediction....too close to call!

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    they keep talking about little willie and being #1 in the nfl so far this year in rushing yards, what is it, 311 yards, which is good but take in the fact that 150 of them came from one game, dont get me wrong as he is a good running back and we ahve to stop him but if it wasnt for that one game, where would he stand then..i think chester is better and will have a better game than little willie
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