|BUFFALO BILLS (2-9)||GAME 12||MINNESOTA VIKINGS (4-7)|
|Date:||5 December 2010 ||Location:||Minneapolis, MN|
|Time:||12:00 PM Central ||Stadium:||Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome|
DirecTV Ch. 706
|Know Thy Enemy:||Buffalo Rumblings|
|Gonzo's Prediction:||Vikings 23, Bills 20|
|Final Score:||Vikings 38, Bills 14|
Just sort of a quick one, as I'm typing this up the night before and need to drag myself to bed after a long and, ultimately, very good day.
So what are the keys for today's game for Minnesota?
1) Get pressure on Ryan Fitzpatrick - Okay, raise your hand if you thought back in August that the key to winning this game would be stopping Ryan Fitzpatrick, a guy that threw five interceptions in a game against the Vikings a few years back when he was quarterback of the St. Louis Rams. Yeah. . .you people that have your hands raised are lying to me. But Fitzpatrick has become a solid NFL quarterback through the course of this season, and has the Buffalo passing game performing at a pretty high level. The Vikings will have to get a solid pass rush going this afternoon if they want to come out with a win.
2) Run early, late, and in between - Whether it's Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart, or anybody else, the Vikings are still lining up against a Buffalo defense that's last in the NFL against the run. Whoever gets the bulk of the carries today should be able to find success running the football.
3) That whole "not turning it over" thing? Can we do that again? - The Vikings had no turnovers against the Redskins. The Vikings defeated the Redskins. I'd be willing to wager that if the same thing happens against the Bills, we'll get the same results.
And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. . .the keys to a victory today over the plucky Buffalo Bills. Hopefully these things will come to fruition and we can celebrate an actual winning streak for the first time this season. I'll be attempting to keep up with the action as best I can both here and over at SBNation Minnesota LIVE from the press box at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.