For many fans of the Minnesota Vikings, the Buffalo Bills represent something of a mirror image of their favorite team. Having said that, there really isn't a whole lot of history between the two teams, as they've only played a dozen times. Most of that history leans the Vikings' direction, which is nice. . .for us, I mean. Let's take a look at how these two teams have matched up over the years.
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Total Games Between the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills: 12 (all regular season)
All-Time Record: Vikings, 8-4
Total Vikings Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 298 (24.8 points/game)
Total Bills Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 205 (17.1 points/game)
Longest Vikings Winning Streak vs Bills: 3 (twice, most recently from 11 December 1994 to 22 October 2000)
Longest Bills Winning Streak vs Vikings: 2 (15 September 2002 - 1 October 2006)
Most Recent Vikings Victory in Buffalo: 31 August 1997 (Final score 34-13)
Most Recent Bills Victory in Buffalo: 1 October 2006 (Final score 17-12)
Biggest Vikings Victory in Buffalo: 22 points, 20 December 1975 (Final score 35-13)
Biggest Bills Victory in Buffalo: 5 points, 1 October 2006 (Final score 17-12)
Of the 12 games in this series, seven of them have taken place in Buffalo, and the Vikings actually have a winning record (4-3) in their trips to upstate New York. The Vikings are 4-1 against the Bills in Minnesota.
The last game between these two teams took place on 5 December 2010, a 38-14 Minnesota victory that was historic for a couple of reasons. First, it was the final game of Brett Favre's iron man streak, as he was injured on a sack by Arthur Moats in the first quarter of play. Second, it was the last game at the Metrodome in 2010 before the roof caved in prior to the next week's game against the New York Giants. Third, I was there. (That doesn't necessarily make it historic, but it was still pretty freaking cool.)
So that's a look back at the (brief) history between the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills. Hopefully the Vikings can tip the scales a little more in their favor on Sunday afternoon.
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