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Bills Vikings Betting Tips – Bills and Vikings in Preseason Sleeper

Posted by Tony Bryant on 8/13/2012 6:54:39 PM

Buffalo Bills @ Minnesota Vikings – Friday August 17, 2012 8:00PM EST

Neither the Buffalo Bills nor the Minnesota Vikings were very impressive in their respective preseason debuts. Both teams lost and both teams failed to score a touchdown. The NFL betting fans in Buffalo watched as their team's offense stumbled around the field like it was lost. Granted, it was only preseason and the team has not had much time to work out yet. But much of this offense played together last season and it did not look like it on the field.

The Vikings had similar problems with its offense under starting quarterback Christian Ponder. The San Francisco 49ers played its second string for most of the game against the Vikings and Minnesota could not respond. The only bright spot for the Vikings was the re-activation of running back Adrian Peterson after the game was over. But the online betting experts are really wondering if the Vikings want to take a chance on Peterson's miracle knee with the Minnesota offensive line.

Why the Bills Will Win

The Bills' offense simply cannot be that bad going forward. Buffalo can chalk that first game up to being the first game of the preseason, but many of the mistakes that were made were mechanics. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing the ball away from receivers and wide receiver Stevie Johnson dropping passes that hit him in the hands. It all looks too familiar to Bills' fans. But in week two, the Bills face a defense that is not very deep and offers opportunities.

The Buffalo defense was aggressive and played with a lot of passion. From the first string down to the third string, the Bills were tenacious on defense. It also looks like Buffalo could have some depth at linebacker it was not counting on. It is possible that the Buffalo defense will be as advertised in 2012.

Why the Vikings Will Win

It is highly unlikely that the Minnesota fans will see Adrian Peterson in any game action before the regular season. But the football betting fans in Minnesota see some promise in the Vikings' offensive depth chart. Seven players caught passes for the Vikings in its first preseason game and that offers some hope for the future in Minnesota.

The Vikings used to be a juggernaut on defense, but much of that is gone. Minnesota has traded power for speed on defense, and it looks like that might be a good trade. As this defense gets used to playing together, the tremendous speed the team has will be an asset.

The Bottom Line

As disorganized as the Buffalo offense looked in preseason week one, it was nowhere near as disorganized as the Minnesota offense. The Vikings lack any serious depth at any point on the roster and it could be a very long year for the Minnesota Vikings.

The Bills want to continue to see what its defense can do without tipping its hand for the regular season. Buffalo should be more concerned about its offensive struggles than its defensive prowess.

Pick: Buffalo Bills


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