Teddy Bridgewater will start on Sunday. The running back tandem of Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata is starting to show some promise. The wide receiving corps is solid. There is no question that the biggest question mark entering Sunday’s game against the Bills is the Minnesota offensive line. After surrendering eight sacks to the Lions last week, the unit faces another stiff test as they travel to Buffalo. The Bills D-line is led by DE Mario Williams, and they will be coming after the Vikings’ rookie QB.
In addition to the eight sacks last Sunday, Teddy threw three passes to the wrong team. Granted, only one was a really poor throw, but the Vikes are not a good enough team to overcome all of those negative plays. Minnesota is going to have to run the ball effectively and protect the quarterback if they want to win on the road this week. Of course, that is straight from the NFL book of obvious statements. You can hear that in various cities around the country every week. But not every team gave up eight sacks last week. Coming in to the season the Minny O-line looked to be strength of the team. I expect that unit to play much better in Buffalo.
Minnesota scored only 3 points against the Lions. They will need at least 24 against the Bills to land a win. The Vikings defense has been decent this year, even when playing high-powered teams like the Lions and Saints. As long as they can contain C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson coming out of the backfield, they will be in good shape, because whether it’s Orton or Manuel, Buffalo is not going to beat you with their QB. As long as Todd Kalil, Phil Loadholt, and the rest of the line show up, the Vikings will win and move to 3-4.
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Written by Sean Eckhardt
Univ of Alabama alumni. Born and raised outside Chicago, IL. Currently live in Florida. Some of my favorite teams include the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Heat, and the Florida Panthers. My interests outside of sports include music, outdoor activities, and anything with a motor(cars, bikes, boats, etc...).