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NFL : ATS Matchup
Sunday 9/23/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore



BUFFALO (0 - 2) at MINNESOTA (1 - 0 - 1)
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Week 3 Sunday, 9/23/2018 1:00 PM
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BUFFALO - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games0-2-20-22-011.53.0223.0(4.1)
Road Games0-1-10-11-03.00.0153.0(2.8)
Last 3 Games0-2-20-22-011.53.0223.0(4.1)
BUFFALO - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.23.812.817.527:1725-95(3.8)17-3450.4%200(5.9)58-295(5)(12.4)
Offense Road Games3.00.010.024:4622-83(3.8)11-3333.3%70(2.1)55-153(2.8)(51)
Defense (All Games)
Opponents Offensive Avg.32.2202733:4326-104(4)29-4367.3%317(7.4)69-421(6.1)(13.1)
Defense Road Games47.026.026.035:1434-117(3.4)26-3868.4%252(6.6)72-369(5.1)(7.9)
BUFFALO - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against1011.213-430.8%0-00.0%3-76(25.2)36-2(18)8-68
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 11-439.1%0-00.0%1-24(24.5)4-35(7.9)7-61
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.81.8 12-538.0%1-160.0%1-29(23.4)16-3(5.3)7-55
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-642.9%0-00.0%1-24(24)6-54(9)9-78

MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games1-0+11-11-126.58.5411.5(6.1)1.022.510.0339.0(5.5)2.0
Home Games1-0+11-00-124.010.0343.0(5)
Last 3 Games1-0+11-11-126.58.5411.5(6.1)1.022.510.0339.0(5.5)2.0
Dome Games1-0+11-00-124.010.0343.0(5)
MINNESOTA - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)26.58.521.531:3025-92(3.7)27-4265.5%319(7.6)67-411(6.1)(15.5)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.81121.532:4224-105(4.4)28-4365.1%281(6.5)67-386(5.8)(15)
Offense Home Games24.010.019.031:0932-116(3.6)20-3655.6%227(6.3)68-343(5)(14.3)
Defense (All Games)22.510.022.033:2924-94(3.8)22-3760.0%245(6.5)62-339(5.5)(15.1)
Opponents Offensive Avg.
Defense Home Games16.03.020.028:5125-90(3.6)15-3345.5%237(7.2)58-327(5.6)(20.4)
MINNESOTA - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.20.811.516-743.7%1-00.0%2-59(29.5)19-2(7.6)8-66
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-434.6%0-00.0%0-4(8)2-7(3.5)5-37
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.51.5 12-434.0%0-00.0%2-62(27.8)11-2(6.4)7-58
Stats Against (Home Games) 13-538.5%0-00.0%0-0(0)2-14(7)3-21
Average power rating of opponents played: BUFFALO 23,  MINNESOTA 22
BUFFALO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2018@ BALTIMORE3-47L7.5L38.5O22-8311-33-70234-11726-38-2521
9/16/2018LA CHARGERS20-31L7L42O22-8418-33-209226-10923-27-2400
9/23/2018@ MINNESOTA            
9/30/2018@ GREEN BAY            
10/14/2018@ HOUSTON            
10/21/2018@ INDIANAPOLIS            

MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/9/2018SAN FRANCISCO24-16W-6.5W46U32-11620-36-227125-9015-33-2374
9/16/2018@ GREEN BAY29-29T-1.5L45O18-6835-48-412124-9830-42-2530
9/27/2018@ LA RAMS            
10/7/2018@ PHILADELPHIA            
10/21/2018@ NY JETS            
BUFFALO: The Bills were the NFL's most run-heavy team in 2017, and that's unlikely to change under new coordinator Brian Daboll. RB LeSean McCoy is still one of the league's most elusive runners, though he'll be without three starting offensive lineman from a year ago. The passing game is bound to be feeble, as Buffalo has arguably the league's worst receiving corps and a trio of unproven quarterbacks vying for playing time. Buffalo's opportunistic defense had quite a few bounces go their way last season. The secondary was great, with CB Tre'Davious White making an immediate impact as a playmaking rookie and veteran safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer each intercepting five passes. The front seven failed to generate much pass-rushing pressure, though the arrival of former Panthers DT Star Lotulelei gives the Bills a stout interior defensive line.
MINNESOTA: Minnesota believes they upgraded their offense by signing QB Kirk Cousins. Expert coordinator Pat Shurmur is gone, though John DeFilippo (considered future-head-coach material in NFL circles) was a great hire to replace him. WRs Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen developed into a lethal duo, both excelling as route-runners and in contest-catch situations. RB Dalvin Cook looked like a star before tearing his ACL in Week 4 of his rookie campaign. You wouldn't have known it from the NFC Championship Game, but Minnesota had the league's best defense last season. They led the NFL in scoring (15.8 points per game) and 3rd-down conversion rate (25%). S Harrison Smith, CB Xavier Rhodes and LBs Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks are among the top performers at their positions. Up front, DEs Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter combined for 20 sacks last season.
Not overlooking Bills key for Vikings

The biggest obstacle facing the Minnesota Vikings this week may be mental.

The Vikings have to shake off the effect of a tie that felt like a loss after kicker Daniel Carlson missed a pair of field goals in overtime in the 29-29 stalemate against bitter rival Green Bay.

Minnesota also has to avoid the temptation of looking past the visiting Buffalo Bills, who arrive in the Twin Cities off lopsided losses to the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers in which they were barely competitive.

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was steadfast in saying his team will not take the Bills lightly, even though they are the lowest-scoring team in the AFC with 23 points and look light years removed from last season's postseason squad.

"I see a very talented defense. I believe the results in the first two weeks were more predicated on them starting with lousy field position and had nothing to do with their defense," said Cousins. "More than the actual outcome had to do with their defensive front holding up. I think they have a very good front and I think they showed that last year having been a playoff team and taking the (Jacksonville) Jaguars all the way to the final play in the playoffs.

"So, we have great respect for them and we know we're going to have to be at our absolute best to have a chance because it is a really good front and they're a very attacking and aggressive defense."

This is not the same Buffalo team as a year ago. Starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor was traded in the offseason and his replacement, Nathan Peterman, was yanked in the season opener, losing the job to rookie Josh Allen.

Things went from bad to worse for the Bills in last week's 31-20 drubbing by the Chargers. Veteran cornerback Vontae Davis quit the team at halftime, changing out of his uniform and leaving the stadium before later announcing his retirement via Twitter.

"Never have seen it. Pop Warner, high school, college, pros, never heard of it, never seen it," said Buffalo linebacker Lorenzo Alexander of the bizarre sequence. "Completely disrespectful to his teammates. He didn't say nothing to nobody. You know as much as I know. I found out going out for the second half of the game. They said he's not coming out, he retired. That's it."

Davis' retirement could have a major impact on Sunday's matchup against the Vikings. The Bills are already thin at the position with cornerbacks Phillip Gaines and Taron Johnson practicing on a limited basis for the second straight day on Thursday.

That doesn't bode well for a Minnesota offense that finally found its stride in the fourth quarter by erasing a 13-point deficit against the Packers.

Cousins, the marquee free-agent acquisition of the Vikings in the offseason, threw three of his four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and finished with 425 yards on 35-of-48 passing.

Adam Thielen had 13 receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown while fellow wideout Stefon Diggs had nine catches for 128 yards and two fourth-quarter scores, including a 75-yard strike. There's also tight end Kyle Rudolph, who had seven catches for 72 yards.

"Offensively they've got some weapons in Thielen, Diggs and Rudolph," said Buffalo free safety Jordon Poyer. "It's going to be a task. With the second half going the way it did last week, it's something we want to build off."

Minnesota could be without starting running back Dalvin Cook, who did not practice again Thursday due to a hamstring injury. Latavius Murray would get the nod if Cook is unable to go.

The Bills also could be without their top running back and best offensive weapon. Sean McCoy has been limited by a rib injury in practice, another setback for a punchless offense that ranks 31st in yards per game (223.0) and passing yards per game (139.5).

Allen, the No. 7 overall pick out of Wyoming, was 18 of 33 for 245 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in his first career start. He added 32 yards rushing on eight carries.

"Big arm. Really athletic, moving in the pocket, scrambling," said Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. "I think he looks to throw when he's scrambling. He moves well in the pocket, but will definitely pull it down in the run."

Former Dallas kicker Dan Bailey will make his Vikings debut after he was signed to replace Carlson, who was released on Monday.

Last Updated: 6/17/2019 2:51:50 AM EST

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