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Fred Jackson Injury Update: Prognosis not as Grim as First Thought

October 19th, 2014 at 10:57 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

The Bills pulled out a decisive 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The win wasn't celebrated for very long.

Workhorse running back Fred Jackson suffered what appeared to be a groin injury. After undergoing an MRI late Sunday, it was determined Fred Jackson has a groin injury. The MRI results have yet to be announced, but he is expected to miss at least two weeks, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Another report from Ian Rapoport from NFL.com says the worst case scenario has Jackson missing four weeks. Jackson is eyeing a return on Nov. 11 return against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Buffalo will have to develop a plan to acclimate the new running backs into the offensive plan. Bryce Brown is a speedster who had some success while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. Anthony Dixon is a bruising, short-yardage back. The combination of the two will hopefully provide a balance to the team's offensive identity.

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Buffalo Bills Suffer Injuries to CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson During Win Over Minnesota Vikings

October 19th, 2014 at 8:00 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

Despite the thrilling last-second 17-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon, the Bills suffered some debilitating losses on the injury front. Both CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson sustained injuries that prevented them from reentering the game.

Fred Jackson was injured on a third-and-1 run that came up short of the first down. Jackson was helped off the field by trainers and Bills' center Eric Wood. It's believed that Jackson suffered a groin injury on the play. After being assisted off the field, Jackson was seen on a cart with his head in his hands, undoubtedly in despair over not being able to re-enter the game. Jackson will undergo an MRI on Monday to diagnose the extent of the injury.

Spiller carried the ball once, scampering down the sideline for a 52-yard gain. He was tackled and immediately rolled over, writhing in pain. According to a report from NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Spiller sustained a broken collarbone. Surgery is scheduled for Monday.

The aforementioned injuries by Spiller and Jackson most certainly means Bryce Brown will finally get some playing time. The third-year running back was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional 2015 fourth-round pick that can become a 2016 third-round pick based on playing conditions. The Bills and Eagles also swapped 2014 seventh-round selections as part of the deal.

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Kyle Orton Throws Touchdown in Final Seconds, Buffalo Bills Defeat Minnesota Vikings 17-16

October 19th, 2014 at 6:00 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

In a game filled with mistakes all-around, the Buffalo Bills find a way to win, beating the Minnesota Vikings in the final seconds 17-16 to improve their record to 4-3. The Minnesota Vikings fall to 2-5 on the season.

The Bills faced a 13-10 deficit heading into halftime. They struggled to find an identity after losing both CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson left due to injury. Sammy Watkins caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Orton in the second quarter, giving the Bills the lead at 7-6. Minnesota responding with a 4-yard Cordarelle Patterson touchdown from Teddy Bridgewater. Both teams traded field goals to end the first half.

Receiving the second half kickoff, the Bills failed to score, squandering another chance to take control of the game. Minnesota got the ball back, but also failed to score any points. Each team traded futility as the teams fumbled and sacked away opportunities.

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Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings Linked by Super Bowl Infamy

October 19th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Bills and Minnesota VIkings may not meet often, but the cross-conference rivals are linked for the time being by an infamous bit of Super Bowl trivia.

The two teams are know for being the only two squads to go 0-for-4 in the Super Bowl. Minnesota came up empty four times before 1980, while the Bills lost four straight to begin the 1990s.

Other than that, there's not too much to link the two teams, which are meeting Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Vikings hold an 8-4 series lead all-time dating back to their first meeting in 1971.

The last time the two teams met was in 2010, a 38-14 Vikings win in Minneapolis. Adrian Peterson scored three times in that game as Buffalo was limited to 239 total yards in yet another dismal game in a dismal 4-12 season.

The last time Buffalo beat Minnesota was in 2006, a 17-12 home decision. Before that, in 2002, Drew Bledsoe threw for 463 yards and three touchdowns to give the Bills a 45-39 overtime win in the Metrodome.

Here are their head-to-head results:

  • October 1971: Minnesota 19, Buffalo 0
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Game Day Preview: Buffalo Bills Against Minnesota Vikings

October 19th, 2014 at 10:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

After a disappointing loss in week six, the Buffalo Bills will look to get back to winning games today when they play the Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings are in turmoil this season, as they have lost Adrian Peterson and will start rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Teams often try to lessen the load on rookie quarterbacks by running the ball, but Buffalo's rushing defense is the best in the NFL. The Bills have allowed 2.8 yards a rush this season and 67.5 yards per game, both are the lowest in the NFL. They are also one of two teams yet to give up a rushing touchdown this season. Minnesota's Matt Asiata is averaging 3.5 yards per game, and figures to have a rough game against Buffalo's defense.

On the offensive side, the Bills will look to get their running game back on track, while allowing Kyle Orton to pick his spots against a weak Minnesota defense. The Vikings are giving up 23.8 points per game, which is the 13th highest in the league. Of Buffalo's previous opponents this season, only the Miami Dolphins (24.8) and Chicago Bears (24) have given up more yards per game. The Bills will rely on a balanced attack today, hoping to finally get C.J. Spiller going, while continuing to feed the beast that is Fred Jackson.

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