|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFLTwo teams, both winless in their preseason openers, forge ahead on Friday as the Buffalo Bills travel to Minneapolis to face the Vikings. The game at Mall of America Field is scheduled for an 8:00ET kickoff.
Not only did both of these teams lose their first exhibition game, but neither of them even scored a touchdown. Buffalo could only muster 2 field goals in their 7-6 loss to the Washington Redskins.
Do you think Bills head coach Chan Gailey was anxious to see what QB Ryan Fitzpatrick could do by calling for passes on Buffalo's first 16 plays? Fitzpatrick finished up 6-14 for 61 yards. Possible backup QB's, Tyler Thigpen and newly acquired Vince Young, couldn't find the mark either with Thigpen posting numbers of 3-8 for 38 yards and Young 5-12 for 50, while being sacked on 3 occasions.
It also doesn't say much for your running game when your backup quarterback leads the team in rushing as Young did with 37 yards. Center Eric Wood, RT Erik Pears and CB Terence McGee are out of this one for Buffalo.
Look for the Vikings Jared Allen to run roughshod at the Bills QB's. This will be Allen's first preseason action, as he was given Week One off, along with T Kevin Williams and CB Antoine Winfield, both of whom will be back as well on Friday.
Without these three veterans, Minnesota was scorched for 260 yards rushing in their 17-6 loss to San Francisco last week. Christian Ponder is expected to start versus the Bills and should do better than his 4-9 and 80 yards passing versus the Niners.
The presence of Percy Harvin alone should spark the passing game. Harvin was also excused from action in the preseason opener. However, Adrian Peterson is still recovering from MCL and ACL tears suffered late last season and will not play against Buffalo.
These two teams have not met in the preseason for 10 years. Their last meeting was during the 2010 regular season when the Vikings easily defeated the Bills 38-14.
From betroyal.com NFL odds, Minnesota is a 2.5 point home favorite on a $110/$100 moneyline. The same moneyline holds for the under/over of 37 total points. Click here to look at our other NFL lines, and to check if the line changes before Friday night's game.