Winless, reeling Bills face daunting schedule with Vikings up next

Winless, reeling Bills face daunting schedule with Vikings up next
2018 NFL Week 3: Buffalo Bills at Minnesota Vikings
2018 NFL Week 3: Buffalo Bills at Minnesota Vikings Bills Mafia is invading the Twin Cities Contributors: Christopher Gates Image credit: Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images Share Tweet Share Share 2018 NFL Week 3: Buffalo Bills at Minnesota Vikings tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Its time to move on to Week 3 of the 2018 NFL regular season, and the Minnesota Vikings will make their return to U.S. Bank Stadium for their first inter-conference matchup of the season, as they play host to the Buffalo Bills.

We all know what happened to the Vikings last week at Lambeau Field. They spent most of the game not doing a whole lot offensively, and then exploded for 22 points in the fourth quarter to wrangle themselves into a tie with the Green Bay Packers. They had a couple of opportunities to win, but Daniel Carlson couldnt connect on two different field goal attempts, so the Vikings left Wisconsin with a 29-29 tie.

Green, who was one of the most influential figures in the history of the franchise, was named the fifth head coach of the Minnesota Vikings on Jan.10, 1992, a post he held through 2002. Green coached 171 total games in 10 seasons with the Vikings, leading the team to four Central Division titles, the NFC Championship game twice and a 101-70-0 (.591) overall record, giving him the second-most wins in franchise history behind only Bud Grant (168). In 1998, Greens Vikings boasted one of the best offenses in NFL history as the team set the NFL single-season scoring record at 556 points, averaging 34.8 points per game. In eight of the 10 seasons under Greens guidance, the Vikings earned playoff berths. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native was named NFL Coach of the Year in 1992 by the Washington Touchdown Club and in 1998 by Sports Illustrated and the Maxwell Club. An advocate of community involvement, Green initiated Community Tuesdays, which had players active in the Twin Cities on their day off, a concept that spread to the entire NFL.

Kirk Cousins is exactly who the Vikings want him to be so far

Things for the Bills. . .well, theyve been a little rough. They got trounced in their season opener by the Baltimore Ravens to the tune of 47-3 in Baltimore, and lost their home opener this past Sunday to the Los Angeles Chargers by a final score of 31-20. The Bills initially started Nathan Peterman at quarterback, but he was so awful in the first half against Baltimore that the team was forced to turn to Josh Allen, who the Bills selected with the seventh overall pick in the most recent NFL Draft. Allen did okay for himself against the Chargers, but this will be his first ever NFL road start, and the Vikings defense will be looking to make things as miserable as possible for him.

The Vikings are huge. . .and I mean huge. . .favorites going into this one, but in the National Football League that doesnt mean much these days.

Green is the lone inductee in 2018 after the team inducted two wide receivers – Randy Moss and Ahmad Rashad – in 2017. The addition of Green will bring the Vikings Ring of Honor to 24 members. Current members include: Fran Tarkenton, Alan Page, Jim Finks, Bud Grant, Paul Krause, Fred Zamberletti, Jim Marshall, Ron Yary, Korey Stringer, Mick Tingelhoff, Carl Eller, Cris Carter, Bill Brown, Jerry Burns, Randall McDaniel, Chuck Foreman, John Randle, Scott Studwell, Chris Doleman, Matt Blair, Joey Browner, Ahmad Rashad and Randy Moss.

Well have all of our stories about the matchup between the Bills and the Vikings right here for your reading pleasure, ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy the coverage of this weeks game!

Throughout the first two weeks of the 2018 season, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been exactly what fans were hoping for.

For the first time since vs. the New York Jets (Dec. 7, 2014), the Vikings had a duo each record over 100 yards receiving in the same game with WR Adam Thielen's 131-yard effort and WR Stefon Diggs tallying 128 yards against the Packers in Week 2. Vikings RB Dalvin Cook has totaled 185 yards from scrimmage (107 receiving, 78 rushing) in his first two games back from a knee injury that ended his 2017 season after just four games.

In Week 1, he threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns, leading the team to a 24-16 win over the 49ers.

QB Kirk Cousins threw for 319 yards, 4 TDs and 0 INTs on 22-of-28 passing vs. Buffalo (Dec. 20, 2015), registering his 2nd-highest passer rating of his career with a 157.3-mark. Cousins, whose game against Buffalo helped him earn NFC Offensive Player of the Month in December of 2015, added a rushing TD on a 13-yard rush, leading the Redskins beat the Bills 35-25.

And in Week 2, he threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Vikings back from 20-7 entering the fourth and getting them in position to win the game.

 The Vikings defense, which ranks 14th in yards allowed (339.0 per game) in 2018, is tied for fifth in the NFL in sacks with 7.0. Since the beginning of last season and including Week 1 vs. the 49ers, the Vikings defense has held opponents to 12.9 points per game (best in the NFL) and a 70.3 passer rating (second best in the NFL) at home.   

“He played outstanding last week and everybody was saying he was zero for six in the fourth quarter and this week hes 14 out of 20 and two touchdowns or whatever it is,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday. “Everything is a week-to-week thing. I know everybody gets all excited about what this guys didnt do this week or what this guy did this week, so hes always been a competitor to me. I thought he played great.”

Cousins ranks tied for third in touchdowns thrown, fifth in yards and sixth in passing rating through two weeks.

With 18 receptions, WR Adam Thielen has tied Percy Harvin in 2012 for the most receptions through the opening two games of a season in team history. Thielen also joins Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson and Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster as the only players in the NFL to have 100-plus receiving yards in each of the 1st 2 games.

Cousins should be solid again in Week 3 with the Vikings hosting the Bills. Buffalo has allowed 78 points through its first two weeks, 31st in the NFL.

Vikings WR Stefon Diggs has caught at least one touchdown in five consecutive games, trailing only Hall of Famers Cris Carter (six from Nov. 24, 1996 to Aug. 31, 1997 and seven from Oct. 17, 1999 to Dec. 6, 1999) and Randy Moss (seven from Nov. 15, 1998 to Dec. 26, 1998 and 10 from Nov. 30, 2003 to Oct. 17, 2004).

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