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Minnesota Vikings at Buffalo Bills: First Quarter Open Thread

Adam Bettcher


Date: 19 October 2014
Location: Buffalo, NY
Time: 12:00 PM Central Stadium: Ralph Wilson Stadium
DirecTV Ch 706
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 225 (BUF)
Sirius Ch 102
TV Announcers: Tim Brando
Brendon Ayanbedejo
Know Thy Foe: Buffalo Rumblings
Weather: 45 degrees, winds 10-15 MPH from NW, 0% chance of precipitation
Line: Bills -6, Over/Under 43.5 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds Page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 20, Bills 17
Final Score:

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The Minnesota Vikings will attempt to avoid a three-game losing streak this afternoon at the expensive of the Buffalo Bills. It looks like it's going to be a little on the cool side in upstate New York for this one, but hey. . .the Vikings are an outdoor team now. It probably won't even affect them that much.

(Sarcasm coming through okay? Good.)

So, what can the Vikings do in order to get their third victory of the 2014 season?

1) Keep Teddy Bridgewater upright - We've been over how many issues there have been with the pass protection so far this season, and the eight sacks the Vikings gave up against Detroit last week (and the six they allowed the week before that) is something that can not continue if this team wants to be competitive. Bridgewater has done his best to try to make plays and not bail out at every opportunity. While the Bills are every bit as good as the Lions are up front, their secondary is not of the same caliber, and if the offensive line can give Bridgewater some time, the Vikings' offense should be able to make some plays.

2) Provide some pressure of their own - The Bills have not allowed an abundance of sacks thus far (13 in six games), but they have definitely had their issues on the offensive line, much like the Vikings have. Minnesota will see a familiar face on the other side of the line of scrimmage in former Bears quarterback Kyle Orton. We know that Orton is susceptible to making bad decisions if he's pressured, and the Vikings' defense needs to capitalize on the advantage that they should have over the Bills' offensive line.

3) Play smart football - It's one of the NFL's bigger cliches, but the Vikings need to be smart on the field. They can't take stupid penalties in big situations, they can't have passes that should be caught deflecting into the hands of opposing defenders, and they can't allow themselves to get out of the scheme of the Mike Zimmer/George Edwards defense. Both of these teams have had their struggles on both sides of the ball, and it's quite likely that one or two mistakes will be the deciding factor in today's contest. If the Vikings can avoid the big mistake or force a couple from the Bills, they can steal a victory in this one.

I would really like to see Teddy Bridgewater and company get back on track in this game, and they're capable of doing it if the offensive line can stop playing like five guys that have never been on a football field before. Will that happen? We're going to have to hope that it does.

We're less than an hour away from kickoff in Buffalo, folks. Here's hoping that our favorite football team can pull off a victory in this one.