The Vikings were missing 3 starters and several other key players on Sunday but it didn’t prevent them from taking care of business and notching a convincing 38-14 victory against the Buffalo Bills at Mall of America Field. The win moves the Vikings to 5-7 and gives Leslie Frazier his first win at home as Vikings Interim Head Coach; Frazier is now 2-0 at the helm.
The game began with starters Ray Edwards (ankle), Percy Harvin (illness) and Steve Hutchinson (thumb) on the sideline and then just 3 plays into the action QB Brett Favre was lost for the day with a shoulder injury. On top of that, backup QB Tarvaris Jackson entered the game and threw a pick 6 on his 2nd series, which gave the Bills an early 7-0 lead.
But it was a “next man up” mentality for the Vikings as they showed resiliency in battling back and ultimately blowing Buffalo out of the game early with a barrage of offensive TDs and defensive turnovers. Jackson responded to the INT by leading the Vikings to a TD on the ensuing drive, with the scoring play coming on a 31-yard bomb to WR Sidney Rice down the right sideline, knotting the score at 7.
The defense played another outstanding game coming off last week’s impressive performance against Washington, allowing just 1 offensive TD and 239 net yards. Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was pressured constantly, with DE Jared Allen the most frequent pest. Allen had 1.0 sack and a forced fumble, but was in on numerous other defensive plays and QB pressures. S Husain Abdullah led the Vikings in tackles with 7, DT Kevin Williams had a pair of tackles for loss and CB Antoine Winfield grabbed an INT.
Following Jackson’s 1st-quarter INT, the Vikings scored 38 unanswered points and Jackson had help along the way. Rice finished the game with 105 yards and 2 TDs on 5 receptions and RB Adrian Peterson repeatedly punished the Buffalo defense, rushing for 107 yards and 3 TDs on just 16 carries. A couple more INTs by Jackson will take the shine off his performance, but it should be noted that he came in and played well for the offense, completing 15 of 22 passes for 187 yards and 2 TDs to go along with the 3 INTs.
We’ll have more coverage of the Vikings win over Buffalo tonight and into tomorrow here on vikings.com, so be sure to stay tuned.
Tags: Antoine Winfield, Jared Allen, Kevin Williams
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