Minnesota Vikings (8-8) at Buffalo Bills (7-9)
NFL Football: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm (New Era Field)
The Line: Buffalo Bills -1 -- Over/Under: 36 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Vikings look to make a statement in their first preseason game as they take on the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park.
The Vikings have high hopes for this season as they look to get back to the playoffs and they begin their journey with their preseason opener on the road against the Bills. Minnesota had been the talk of the league to start last season before going on a swan dive in the second half of their schedule and now they are out to prove their hot start wasn’t a fluke and that they can challenge not only the Packers for the division title, but the rest of the league for the Super Bowl crown. Minny will face off against a Bills side that is still in the midst of an ugly playoff drought and have a number of questions they need answers to so this one shapes up to be a pretty solid week one preseason matchup. The Vikes will look for someone in their ground game to step up as Adrian Peterson has left for New Orleans and while it looks like Latavius Murray could see the bulk of the early snaps there are a number of suitors waiting to pluck some carries away, including rookie sensation Dalvin Cook.
The Bills meanwhile enter another year of optimism after a season of disappointment as they look to snap out of their woeful playoff funk that continues to be the league’s most futile. Buffalo was a force on the ground last season as Lesean McCoy had a bounce back season and with the Bills’ offensive line being stable and the rest of the offense aside from the oft injured Sammy Watkins remaining a big question mark it’ll be another dose of Shady and company on the ground this season. Buffalo is in a great spot though as the Dolphins have lost Ryan Tannehill and the Jets look to be among the worst teams in recent NFL memory this year they should be in contention for a wild card spot if they can find favourable results in their out of division schedule.
The Vikings are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games ATS on turf and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games while the Bills are 1-4 ATS in their last five at home and 1-5 ATS in their last six overall. This one figures to be a low scoring affair but Buffalo has been putting up the points at home over the last couple of seasons and are 8-0 on the over in their last eight games and that is where I am leaning in this one.