October 16, 2014

MINNESOTA (2-4) at BUFFALO (3-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox

OPENING LINE - Buffalo by 4 1/2

2014 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Minnesota 2-4; Buffalo 3-3

SERIES RECORD - Vikings lead 8-4

LAST MEETING - Vikings beat Bills 38-14 on Dec. 15, 2010.

LAST WEEK - Vikings lost to Lions 17-3; Bills lost to Patriots 37-22

AP PRO32 RANKING - Vikings No. 26; Bills No. 19

VIKINGS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (13), PASS (30)

VIKINGS DEFENSE - OVERALL (8), RUSH (20), PASS (6)

BILLS OFFENSE - OVERALL (25), RUSH (22), PASS (19)

BILLS DEFENSE - OVERALL (11), RUSH (1), PASS (26)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Minnesota has lost two of past three against Bills, including 17-12 loss at Orchard Park in 2006. Vikings are 4-3 at Buffalo, with last win a 34-13 decision in 1997. ... Rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater (1-1) makes first career road start. ... Vikings have three touchdowns passing, and only one to receiver. They've gone 19-plus quarters since scoring TD passing after Matt Cassel connected with RB Matt Asiata for 25-yard score on opening drive of 30-7 loss to New England in Week 2. ... In four losses, Vikings have thrown nine interceptions and been sacked 22 times. ... Vikings have been outscored 143-104 overall and by combined 84-37 in first and third quarters. ... LB Chad Greenway has chance to return after missing three games with broken ribs. ... Safety Harrison Smith tied for NFL lead with three interceptions, and has returned one for TD. ... Defense has limited opponents to converting 5 of 23 third down chances over past two games. ... Bills QB Kyle Orton has 607 yards passing in two starts since replacing EJ Manuel. Orton had 299 yards passing against Patriots, falling 1 yard short of becoming first Bills player to have consecutive 300-yard games since Drew Bledsoe in December 2002. ... Have been held under 100 yards rushing past four games - longest drought since four-game stretch in 2009. Have also scored just two TDs rushing, fewest to open season since managing one through first seven games in 2010. ... TE Scott Chandler had career-high 105 yards receiving against Patriots, becoming the team's first tight end to surpass 100 yards since Pete Metzelaars had 113 on Sept. 13, 1992. ... Defense ranks second in NFL with 19 sacks and first in allowing 67.5 yards rushing per game and has not allowed 90 yards rushing in six games, best start to season and tied for second longest in team history. ... Also has not allowed TD rushing, the six-game streak two short of matching single-season team record set in both 1964 and `65.

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