Vikings-Buffalo preseason game preview

  • Updated: August 16, 2013 - 2:32 PM

About the Vikings

The Vikings should play many of their starters at least one quarter after most of them had brief cameos in a preseason-opening 27-13 loss to Houston last week. … Coach Leslie Frazier said RB Adrian Peterson will play in one of the next two games (either Friday or Aug. 25 at San Francisco), but it’s likely to be in the latter, which is a nationally televised game. … The Vikings beat the Bills last preseason 36-14 as LB Audie Cole had two fourth-quarter interception returns for TDs. … There are intriguing battles on the team for backup positions, especially at wide receiver and linebacker. … Frazier said Marcus Sherels, Jarius Wright, Stephen Burton and Bobby Felder would get chances to return punts. … After getting only two snaps last week, QB Christian Ponder should have a chance to work with his offense a bit longer. Ponder threw two passes, a completion to Jerome Simpson and an interception, before Matt Cassel took over and went 12-for-19 for 212 yards, a TD and an interception. … FB Jerome Felton (appendix), LB Jacob Lacey (knee) and DT Christian Ballard (excused for personal reasons) are out.

About the Bills

The Bills tried to revitalize their offense in the draft by taking Florida State QB EJ Manuel 16th overall, then plucking dynamic receivers Robert Woods (USC) in the second round and Marquise Goodwin (Texas) in the third. … Manuel completed 16 of 21 for 107 yards in last week’s 44-20 victory over the Colts in Buffalo’s preseason opener. … New coach Doug Marrone, who was at Syracuse the past four seasons, said Kevin Kolb will start tonight at QB. Kolb would have started against Indianapolis but suffered a knee injury when he slipped on a rubber mat. … RB C.J. Spiller will be a workhorse after rushing for 1,244 yards last season and catching 43 passes. … Goodwin, who finished 10th in the long jump at the 2012 Olympics, had a 107-yard kickoff return for a TD against Indy. He also had a 53-yard return. … Starting WRs Stevie Johnson and T.J. Graham are both out because of knee injuries. … Star DE Mario Williams will see only limited snaps, if he plays at all. … Standout FS Jairus Byrd has not reported to camp after getting the franchise tag instead of a long-term contract.


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St. Louis - LP: K. Siegrist 6 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Grimm 7
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 4 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: H. Kuroda 6
Arizona - LP: W. Miley 5 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: K. Kendrick 9
Washington - WP: T. Roark 4 FINAL
Cincinnati - LP: A. Simon 1
Boston - LP: J. Tazawa 4 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: D. Price 6
San Diego - WP: J. Hahn 5 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: A. Wood 2
Oakland - LP: J. Hammel 1 FINAL
Texas - WP: J. Williams 4
NY Mets - WP: C. Torres 3 FINAL
Milwaukee - LP: F. Rodriguez 2
Miami - WP: B. Hand 2 FINAL
Houston - LP: D. Keuchel 0
Chicago WSox - WP: J. Danks 9 FINAL
Minnesota - LP: K. Correia 5
Cleveland - LP: C. Carrasco 4 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: K. Herrera 6
Pittsburgh - LP: C. Morton 1 FINAL
Colorado - WP: B. Anderson 8
Detroit - LP: D. Smyly 1 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: M. Morin 2
Baltimore - WP: D. O`Day 2 FINAL
Seattle - LP: C. Furbush 1
Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke 8 FINAL
San Francisco - LP: T. Lincecum 1
Chivas USA 0 FINAL
Colorado 3
Calgary 26 FINAL
Edmonton 22
Winnipeg 23 FINAL
Brt Columbia 6
Ottawa 6:00 PM
Toronto 9:00 PM
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Chicago 79 FINAL
Atlanta 75
San Antonio 78 FINAL
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon




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