Buffalo at Minnesota -2.5 O/U 37
The Vikings couldn’t do anything last week. Their defense allowed 23 first downs and a whopping 260 rushing yards. Held to just a pair of field goals, their offense sputtered no matter who was under center. This week though is going to be different!
First of all, the Vikings have adjusted their QB rotation. After Christian Ponder – a young QB with something to prove – sits, they’ll have Joe Webb and Sage Rosenfels taking snaps. Webb is the type of run/pass threat who’s always dangerous in the preseason. Rosenfels – a former starting QB with Houston who is replacing disastrous Sacramento State product McLeod Bethel-Thompson in the rotation this week – has enjoyed more than a handful of big second halves in the preseason throughout the course of his career.
Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave: “We didn’t get the result that we are always shooting for in terms of lighting up the scoreboard (last week); so we’re looking forward to making up for that, starting this week. We were disappointed in the production…. It was tough conditions for any of us that were there with the wind (in San Francisco). We had some drops and we also had some misfires. This week has been good (in practice). We’ve been productive so far in making corrections of the mistakes we made.”
The Bills backup QB duo of Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen struggled mightily last week, combining to produce a single field goal drive in their nine combined possessions. From multiple reports, Young has struggled to pick up Chan Gailey’s offense in his first training camp with the Bills. Thigpen hasn’t enjoyed any success in preseason or regular season since about 2008 with the Chiefs. And Gailey has yet to win a road preseason game during his three year tenure in Buffalo, losing three of his four tries by two touchdowns or more.