Vikings Fall In Final Seconds To Bills in Buffalo 17-16

Minnesota Vikings v Buffalo Bills

The Vikings seemed to have it all going their way, but then as good as they played on defense in the first three and a half quarters, their defense fell flat in the final seconds as the Bills topped the Vikings 17-16 in Buffalo.

Kyle Orton broke the Vikings hearts, as he completed a 2-yard pass to Sammy Watkins in the left front-corner of the end zone with 1 second remaining for the win after the extra point.

The stunning touchdown capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive that Orton extended by converting a fourth-and-20 with a 24-yard pass to tight end Scott Chandler over the middle.

Three plays later, Orton hit Watkins on a crossing pattern for an 18-yard gain on third-and-12. The QB set up the decisive score by threading a 28-yard pass to Chris Hogan at 2 along the left sideline.

Teddy Bridgewater’s third career start was average at best, as he went 15 of 26 for 157 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions as Minnesota (2-5) lost its third in a row.

Cordarrelle Patterson had 4-yard touchdown catch, and rookie running back Jerick McKinnon had 103 yards rushing. The Vikings settled for three field goals by Blair Walsh on four drives inside the Bills 40.

The Vikings D was very good for the most part, making it a tough loss. The D forced four turnovers (an interception and three fumbles) and had six sacks, including a career-best four by Everson Griffen.

In the end though, the D failed when they needed it most, as Orton picked them apart, drove the 80 yards, and got the score to break the hearts of the Vikings fans.

Poll: Vikings vs Bills – Who Takes Home This Week Seven Matchup?

Minnesota Vikings v Buffalo Bills


NFL Week 7 Capsule – Vikings vs Bills

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-4) AT BUFFALO BILLS (3-3)

SERIES

VIKINGS BILLS
SERIES LEADER 8-4
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Zimmer: 0-0 Marrone: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 17-3 vs. Lions L 37-22 vs. Patriots
LAST GAME 12/5/10: Bills 14 at Vikings 38. Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson rushes for 107 yards & 3 TDs, including 43-yard score. Vikings WR Sidney Rice adds 105 receiving yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/1/06: Bills 17, Vikings 12. Buffalo RB Willis McGahee rushes for 78 yards & TD. Buffalo WR Lee Evans catches 7 passes for 92 yards & WR Peerless Price records receiving TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Tim Brando, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Peter Schrager (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 102 (Min.), 139 (Buf.). XM: 225 (Buf.).

STATS

PASSING Bridgewater (R): 54-87-655-0-3-70.8 Orton: 54-81-607-3-2-90.9
RUSHING Asiata: 64-226-3.5-3 (T2C) Spiller: 68-234-3.4-0
RECEIVING Jennings: 20-268-13.4-1 Jackson (RB): 30-245-8.2-1
OFFENSE 314.7 327.0
TAKE/GIVE -5 +3
DEFENSE 332.0 (3C) 336.7
SACKS Griffen: 4 Dareus: 5 (T3C)
INTs
  1. Smith: 3 (T1L)
McKelvin: 2 (T1C)
PUNTING Locke: 44.4 Schmidt: 43.9
KICKING Walsh: 42 (9/9 PAT; 11/13 FG) Carpenter: 48 (9/9 PAT; 13/15 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER makes 1st career road start. In 1st 3 games (2 starts), has completed 62.1 pct. (54 of 87) & has 7.53 avg. gain…RB JERICK MC KINNON has 206 rush yards, 2nd most by NFC rookie. Averaging 5.0 yards per carry, 2nd highest by NFL rookie with 200+ yards. Had career-high 6 receptions last week. RB MATT ASIATA has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5 games. WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON has TD in 6 of past 11 (4 rush, 3 rec.). In past 3 vs. AFC, has 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) & averages 57 yards per TD. WR GREG JENNINGS leads club with 20 receptions & 268 rec. yards…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 6.5 sacks in past 8. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN has 41-yard INT-TD & 2 sacks in past 2 vs. AFC. S HARRISON SMITH has INT in 2 of past 3. Leads team with 3 INTs, incl. 81-yard INT-TD. Munnerlyn ties for NFL lead with 4 INT-TDs since 2012. Smith ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. LB ANTHONY BARR has 2 sacks, tied for most by NFL rookie. LB JASPER BRINKLEY had sack last week. DT TOM JOHNSON has career-high 3 sacks, tied for 2nd most by NFC DT…BILLS:  In 2 starts with Bills, QB KYLE ORTON has completed 54 of 81 (66.7 pct.) for 607 yards with 3 TDs for 90.9 rating. In last home game vs. Min. (10/19/08 w/ Chi.), passed for 283 yards with 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 114.5 rating…In past 6 vs. NFC, RB C.J. SPILLER has 520 scrimmage yards (438 rush, 82 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.). RB FRED JACKSON scored 29th career rush TD last week, tying WRAY CARLTON for 4th in club history. Leads AFC RBs with 30 catches…WR SAMMY WATKINS (No. 4 overall) has 26 catches & 311 rec. yards, tied for most among AFC rookies, with 2 TDs. Last week, TE SCOTT CHANDLER had 6 rec. for career-high 105 yards. WR CHRIS HOGAN had career-highs in catches (5) & yards (72) & scored 1st career TD vs. NE …DE MARIO WILLIAMS has 11.5 sacks in past 9 vs. NFC. DT MARCELL DAREUS has 5 sacks in past 4. Rookie LB PRESTON BROWN (Rd. 3, No. 73 overall) leads team with 45 tackles.

Lions vs Vikings Wednesday Injury Report

DETROIT LIONS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

RB Reggie Bush (ankle), TE Joseph Fauria (ankle), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle), LB Travis Lewis (quadricep)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

S Jerome Couplin (ribs)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

RB Joique Bell (concussion), RB Theo Riddick (hamstring), CB Cassius Vaughn (ankle)

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib), TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin), S Harrison Smith (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

DT Sharrif Floyd (elbow), WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday

RB Matt Asiata (groin), QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle), LB Michael Mauti (foot), RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle)

Poll: NFC North Battle – Who Wins The Lions or Vikings In Week 6?

Detroit Lions v Minnesota Vikings


Lions at Vikings NFL Week 6 Capsule

DETROIT LIONS (3-2) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-3)

SERIES

LIONS VIKINGS
SERIES LEADER 69-34-2
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Caldwell: 0-0 Zimmer: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 17-14 vs. Bills L 42-10 at Packers
LAST GAME 12/29/13: Lions 13 at Vikings 14. Minnesota WR Cordarrelle Patterson has 50-yard rushing TD & 8-yard touchdown reception.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/29/13
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Mike Goldberg, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Peter Schrager (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 93 (Det.), 138 (Min.). XM: 232 (Min.).

STATS

PASSING Stafford: 113-179-1397 (3C)-6-4-89.1 Bridgewater (R): 31-50-467-0-0-92.7
RUSHING Bush: 45-161-3.6-1 Asiata: 62-231-3.7-3 (T2L)
RECEIVING Tate: 31-451 (3C)-14.5-1 Jennings: 17-235-13.8-1
OFFENSE 343.2 335.2
TAKE/GIVE -2 -2
DEFENSE 282.4 (1L) 347.4
SACKS
  1. Johnson: 2.5
Griffen: 3
INTs 4 tied: 1
  1. Smith: 3 (T1L)
PUNTING Martin: 49.2 (3L) Locke: 45.0
KICKING TBD Walsh: 39 (9/9 PAT; 10/12 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: QB MATTHEW STAFFORD has 300+ pass yards in 3 of past 4 meetings. Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL with 16,052 pass yards…RB REGGIE BUSH had rec. TD in both games vs. Min. last year. Had 256 scrimmage yards (134 rec., 122 rush) in those 2 meetings. RB JOIQUE BELL rushed for career-high 2 TDs vs. Min. (9/8/13)…WR CALVIN JOHNSON has 19 catches for 315 yards (157.5 per game) & 3 TDs in past 2 at Min. Since 2011, leads NFL with 5,485 rec. yards & 107.5 rec. yards per game. In 11/4/12 game vs. Min. (with Sea.), WR GOLDEN TATE had 2 TDs, tied for career-high. Had 7 catches for 134 yards & TD last week, his 2nd consecutive 100-yard game…Defense ranks 1st in NFL (282.4). Pass defense (208) is 2nd in NFC & rush defense (74.4) is 3rd. LB DE ANDRE LEVY had INT in 9/8/13 meeting. Has 7 INTs since 2013, most by NFL LB. Leads team with 51 tackles. CB RASHEAN MATHIS had 41-yard INT-TD last week. Since 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 28.5 sacks, tied for 2nd most by NFL DT. DT NICK FAIRLEY has 4 sacks in past 3 meetings & aims for 4th in row vs. Min. with sack…VIKINGS: In Week 4 win vs. Atl., rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER passed for 317 yards & had rush TD in 1st career NFL start. Bridgewater is 1 of 2 QBs with 300+ yards & 0 INTs in 1st career NFL start in past 10 seasons…RB MATT ASIATA rushed for career-high 115 yards in last game vs. Det. In past 2, has rushed for 150 yards (75 per game) & 3 TDs. RB JERICK MC KINNON has 166 rush yards, 2nd most by NFC rookie…WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 50-yard rush TD & 8-yard rec. TD in last meeting. Has TD in 6 of past 10 (4 rush, 3 rec.). In 13 career games vs. Det., WR GREG JENNINGS’ team are 11-2 (.846)…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 4 sacks in past 4 meetings. Has 5.5 sacks in past 7. DE BRIAN ROBISON has 3 sacks in past 4 home games vs. Det. S HARRISON SMITH aims for 3rd in row with INT. Has 3 INTs in 5 games in 2014, incl. 81-yard INT-TD. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN ties for NFL lead with 4 INT-TDs since 2012. Smith ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. LB ANTHONY BARR has 2 sacks, tied for most by NFL rookie. DT SHARRIF FLOYD had sack last week.

Teddy Bridgewater Back at Vikings Practice

Good news today for the Vikings, as rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater returned to practice after missing last Thursday’s loss to the Packers with a sprained left ankle.

Bridgewater suffered the injury in the Week 4 win over the Falcons and only practiced once — on a limited basis in a closed practice — last week before the team decided to hold him out in Green Bay.

“He’s fine,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “Yeah, he’s alright.”

Peterson To Plead Not Guilty To Child Abuse Charge

Minnesota Vikings v St. Louis Rams

A spokeswoman for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s attorney said Tuesday the NFL player plans to plead not guilty to a child abuse charge during his first court appearance in Texas since his indictment last month.

Peterson was scheduled to be in court Wednesday in Conroe, located north of Houston. Mary Flood, a spokeswoman for Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said that if asked at the hearing, Peterson will plead not guilty to a charge of injury to a child.

Peterson has said he never intended to harm his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a tree branch earlier this year. Prosecutor Phil Grant declined to comment Tuesday on whether the case could be settled without a trial. If convicted, Peterson faces up to two years in prison.

Peterson was put on paid leave by the Vikings, using a special roster exemption from the NFL commissioner, a few days after the indictment. The chance of his case being resolved before the end of the season appears slim, but coach Mike Zimmer declined Tuesday to address speculation about Peterson’s return to the team in 2014.

“Honestly, I want the best for Adrian, number one, OK? But I also have to coach the guys that are here and go forward. If things get resolved and it’s a good thing, then the more power to him,” Zimmer said. “We will worry about that when the time comes.”


Poll: Vikings at Packers Thursday Night – Who Wins?

Minnesota Vikings v Green Bay Packers


Vikings vs Packers NFL Week Five Capsule

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-2) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-2)

SERIES

VIKINGS PACKERS
THURS. RECORD 11-8 17-25-2
SERIES LEADER 55-48-2
STREAKS   6 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Zimmer: 0-0 McCarthy: 12-4-1
LAST WEEK W 41-28 vs. Falcons W 38-17 at Bears
LAST GAME 11/24/13: Vikings 26 at Packers 26. Green Bay rookie RB Eddie Lacy rushes for 110 yards & TD. Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson counters with 146 rushing yards & TD in tie game.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/24/13
BROADCAST CBS (7:25 PM CT): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Boomer Esiason, Hub Arkush (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Min.), 92 (GB.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Min.), 226 (GB.).

STATS

PASSING Bridgewater (R): 31-50-467-0-0-92.7 Rodgers: 86-130-999-9 (T3C)-1-109.1 (1C)
RUSHING Asiata: 47-159-3.4-3 (T2L) Lacy: 53-161-3.0-1
RECEIVING Jennings: 15-204-13.6-1 Nelson: 33 (1L)-459 (1L)-13.9-3
OFFENSE 344.3 306.5
TAKE/GIVE 0 +4 (1C)
DEFENSE 354.3 390.0
SACKS 3 tied: 2 6 tied: 1
INTs
  1. Smith, Robinson: 2 (T3L)
5 tied: 1
PUNTING Locke: 45.8 Masthay: 43.5
KICKING Walsh: 35 (T3C) (8/8 PAT; 9/11 FG) Crosby: 24 (9/9 PAT; 5/6 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: Rookie QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER passed for 317 yards & had rush TD in 1st career start last week…RB MATT ASIATA rushed for 3 TDs, tying career high. Rookie RB JERICK MC KINNON had career-best 18 rushes & 135 yards last week…Last year in 2 games vs. GB, WR-KR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 109-yard KR-TD & averaged 39.3 yards per KR (9 KR for 354 yards). Has TD in 6 of past 9 (4 rush, 3 rec.). WR GREG JENNINGS has 5 rec. TDs in past 6 on Thurs. WR JARIUS WRIGHT had career-high 8 catches & 132 yards last week…In 15 games vs. GB (incl. playoffs), LB CHAD GREENWAY has 124 tackles. S HARRISON SMITH had INT in his last game at GB. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had career-high 3 sacks vs. GB (12/30/12). Has 4.5 sacks in past 6. CB CAPTAIN MUNNERLYN ties for NFL lead with 4 INT-TDs since 2012. Rookie LB ANTHONY BARR aims for 3rd in row with sack…PACKERS: QB AARON RODGERS has won 7 of past 8 vs. Min. (incl. playoffs). In 12 starts vs. Min., has 27 TDs, 4 INTs & 116.8 rating. In 5 starts on Thurs., is 4-1 with 10 TDs, 2 INTs & 109 rating. In past 31 starts at home (min. 10 att.), is 29-2 (.935) with 112.3 rating (78 TDs, 17 INTs). Had 151.2 rating last week…RB EDDIE LACY has 270 scrimmage yards (135 per game), 204 rush yards (102 per game) & 2 TDs in 2 meetings…WRs RANDALL COBB (7-113-2) & JORDY NELSON (10-108-2) each had 100+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs last week, 1st Packers since 12/21/69. Since 2011, Nelson is 1 of 2 in NFL with 3,000+ yards (3,781), 30+ rec. TDs (33) & 15+ avg. (16.1)…LB CLAY MATTHEWS has 6 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in past 6 meetings (incl. playoffs). Since entering NFL in 2002, LB JULIUS PEPPERS ties for 2nd in NFL with 119.5 sacks. Since 2010 (incl. playoffs), CB TRAMON WILLIAMS ties for 1st in NFL with 20 INTs & CB SAM SHIELDS is 4th with 18 INTs.