It sounds like the Vikings are carrying energy and momentum generated from last weekend’s win over the Washington Redskins – the Vikings first road win in over a year – into this week’s preparations for the Buffalo Bills.
“A good spirited practice this afternoon,” Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier said to reporters on Thursday. “Guys seem to really be in a groove. They know our opponent is a very good football team and they understand what we’re going to be up against on Sunday.”
The Vikings are going up against a 2-9 Bills team, but it’s a Bills team that has played better than its record would indicate. They’ve been in 7 games that have been decided by 8 points or fewer, including 5 of 6 games that have been decided by 3 points or fewer, and they’ve lost 3 games in overtime. They took the Pittsburgh Steelers to overtime last week and they ripped off 35 unanswered points on the road against Cincinnati a couple weeks ago.
While all of those numbers indicate the Bills have the potential to give the Vikings all they can handle this Sunday, Frazier takes some comfort knowing his team will be playing at home.
“The good thing is we’re playing at home and we’re going to try and draw from the energy of our fans,” Frazier explained. “We’re going to need our fans in a big way in order to be successful on Sunday. Hoping that place is as loud as its ever been; if that’s the case, then it should bode well for our football team.”
– Frazier said Percy Harvin was unable to practice on Thursday because of episodes related to migraines.
— Ray Edwards (ankle), Steve Hutchinson (thumb) and Adrian Peterson all missed a 2nd consecutive day of practice on Thursday but will try to get on the field Friday to gauge how close they are to being able to play on Sunday.
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