The Ultimate Guide to Vikings at Bills
Jonathan Haak and Janik Eckardt team up for a detailed look at Sunday’s Vikings road game against the Buffalo Bills.
Jonathan: Offensive Fireworks
The Vikings have way too much talent on offense, both on the field and in the coaching staff, to continue to struggle as they have. It’s only a matter of time before this offense puts on a full performance and establishes itself as an offensive juggernaut, so why not put it all together against an elite team like Buffalo? It’s also a Buffalo defense that’s pretty overrated, as they wiped out a few struggling offenses to really improve their stats.
Another point in Minnesota’s favor is that Buffalo’s defensive line is definitely not the most talented D-Line the Vikings will face this season, especially with injured Gregory Rousseau meaning Buffalo won’t be able to take advantage of Minnesota’s greatest offensive weakness. terrible passage blocking inside. Without Tre’Davious White, the Bills’ CBs are also a possible weakness, which isn’t good for any team set to face Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson.
Janik: Dalvin cooking
Dalvin Cook has rushed for 200 yards in each of the past two seasons. On Sunday, he will reach that milestone for the first time in 2022. Cook has only passed 100 yards this season, in Week 8 against the Cardinals. However, the Bills play almost exclusively with two high safeties and focus on pass defense. Therefore, Cook will have plenty of opportunities to lead the game.
Just last week, the Bills allowed the Jets, with their suspect offensive line, to crush them in a game that resulted in the Bills’ second loss of the season. The Jets didn’t even have Breece Hall in their roster because the star running back had torn his anterior cruciate ligament the previous week. Michael Carter took care of urgent tasks. The Vikings offensive line can open holes against a four-man defensive front, but struggle against teams with five players on the line of scrimmage, and the Bills typically use four.
Vikings X Factor
Jonathan: inside offensive line
I have no concerns for Christian Darrisaw. I have no concerns for Brian O’Neill. On game day, both Minnesota tackles will show up and show off, as they have every game this season. When you watch the players dressed in Between these two solid tackles, worries arise.
Ezra Cleveland is coming off his worst game of the season and Ingram has struggled in three straight games. If the Vikings offense is to reach its true potential, these two plus Bradbury need to pull it all together and allow this offensive line to finally have a dominant tackle-to-tackle performance.
Janik: Vikings linebackers
Josh Allen is one of the NFL’s best passers, but teams also fear his ability to pull off. He’s already rushed for 392 yards and 4 scores in 2022. plus rushing for 40 yards in six games. His running ability is especially dangerous on third downs when the defense is expecting a pass, and he takes off and runs for the first down.
Jordan Hicks and Eric Kendricks must account for his runs and stop him before he sets the Vikings defense on fire. Edge rushers need to put the edge on and keep it from rushing outside. Tackle is also a big factor as Allen is tough to take down with his huge body. It looks and runs like a tight end.
Bills Player to Watch
Jonathan: Stefon Diggs
Here’s a name Vikings fans know very well: superstar receiver Stefon Diggs. Suffice it to say, the Minnesota secondary is going to have their hands full to cover Diggs on Sunday, regardless of who ends up playing QB for the Buffalo Bills.
Diggs has probably been circling this game for a few years now, and he’ll be excited to play against the team that drafted him and the team he gave memorable moments like the famous Minnesota Miracle. Win or lose, it’ll be fun to watch Diggs on Sunday, on and off the court, because no matter what, he’s going to show some emotion.
Janik: Von Miller
The edge rusher has been one of the most dominant forces in the NFL over the past decade. He’s seen it all in the league, as he’s a two-time Super Bowl champion, including a Super Bowl MVP, seven-time All-Pro, eight-time Pro Bowler and a former Defensive Player of the Year. He will play up-and-coming Vikings superstar Christian Darrisaw.
The sophomore is playing as an All-Pro contender and will face tough competition. Miller has already recorded seven sacks in 2022 after signing a whopping six-year, $120 million deal with the Bills in the offseason.
Final score prediction
Jonathan: Vikings 31 – Bills 24
Obviously, this game greatly depends on who is actually playing QB this Sunday. Still, I think Minnesota has a great chance against a very battered Buffalo Bills team that has struggled in recent weeks, even with Allen. Minnesota will finally put together a full offensive performance against one of the best defenses they will play this season. He’ll come out of Buffalo with a victory that will set talking heads ablaze, giving Minnesota a pristine 8-1 record heading into a tough game in Dallas.
Janik: Vikings 27 – Bills 30
The Bills are battered, but the team is still outstanding. Minnesota will lose a game at some point, and the Bills are a formidable opponent. After six straight one-possession wins, the Vikings finally face an opponent who can take advantage of obvious passing situations late in the game. However, the Vikings are also a tough opponent and not a blowout opponent for the Bills. If Case Keenum actually starts against his old team, the Vikings would win a close game.