Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills
The Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills both look for their first win of the 2012 NFL Preseason as they meet on Friday Night in Minnesota. The Vikings are -2.5 point favorites over the Bills with an over/under point total set at 36.
The Minnesota Vikings are coming off of a rough performance that followed a rough year but they aren’t going to have to worry much about people talking about their play much this week as Adrian Peterson returns to the team from the Physically Unable to Perform list. In week one against the 49ers there wasn’t much offense as the Vikings were one of the lowest scoring teams. Christian Ponder was only 4 of 9 passing for 80 yards and Joe Webb was worse going 4 of 11 for 20 yards. Without Peterson, Derrick Coleman averaged 3.8 yards per carry and Toby Gerhart carried five times for a 6.2 yards per carry average. Kyle Rudolph, Kerry Taylor, and Rhett Ellison had two catches each but with the poor passing numbers not too many receivers had chances. Defensively Andrew Sendejo and Tyrone Mckenzie each had six tackles and Fred Evans, Audie Cole, and Anthony Jacobs each had sacks. The Vikings defense was run over for 260 yards on the ground against them and had 152 yards gained through the air. Minnesota is a team that still has a long way to go and they aren’t really playing for this year but for well into the future.
The Buffalo Bills showed in the first half of last season that they have a team that can compete but they also showed that they were missing some pieces as they collapsed in the second half of the year. In their preseason opener against Washington we saw a Bills team missing some key pieces but also a team with no offense at all. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick went 6 for 14 for 61 yards while Vince Young was an inspiring 5 for 12. Fred Jackson didn’t play and C.J. Spiller didn’t have a carry as Tashard Choice averaged just 1,8 yards per carry and Johnny White averaged five yards per carry. T.J. Graham led Buffalo in receiving with three catches while Scott Chandler and Steve Johnson had two catches each. Scott McKillop had seven tackles, Chris White had five, and Price Miller and Tank Carder each had four to lead the defense which outplayed the offense. The Bills defense allowed 87 rushing yards and 166 passing yards overall and just seven points. The Bills need help on offense but their defense appears ready for the season.
We have two teams who have shown nothing offensively at all this year and while we saw flashes last year, these are two teams with defenses who are ahead of the offenses. I have seen nothing from the Vikes to make them look like favorites and look for the Bills to get the win on the road.
Buffalo Bills +2.5 Minnesota Vikings