3 Bold Predictions for Vikings at Bills
The Minnesota Vikings are on the road to face off against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium this Sunday. Minnesota edges the head-to-head history 8-6 in games dating back to 1971.
The Bills have had the better of the Vikings recently, winning four of the last five meetings, including the previous two. One must go back to 1997 to find the last time the Vikings beat the Bills in New York — a 34-13 thrashing with Cris Carter and Robert Smith starring for Minnesota.
This week the Bills look to bounce back from a disappointing loss to their division rivals, the New York Jets. They can ill afford to lose too many more games in the race to the No. 1 seed in the AFC. Meanwhile, the Vikings are looking for their seventh straight win, hoping to prove themselves as genuine contenders for the number one seed in the NFC.
Heading into the game, these are three bold predictions for Vikings at Bills.
Jefferson Has a Bigger Day Than Diggs
All eyes will be on the two superstar wide receivers. Justin Jefferson and Steffon Diggs are second and third at the top of the receiving yards leaderboard. Who has the most prominent day could go a long way to determining which team comes out on top. It will surprise no one if both players go over 100 yards and get in the end zone for a score.
My first prediction for Vikings at Bills — Jefferson has the bigger day. He will make a bigger impact on the game regarding yards, scores, or just showing up in the big game-defining moment.
Dalvin Cook Leads in Yards from Scrimmage
Dalvin Cook will have a significant role to play if the Vikings will have a successful trip to the state of New York. I’m confident he will deliver even against one of the better run defenses in the league. Cook will get around 20 carries, depending on how the game unfolds. In the last two games, he has seen six targets in the passing game.
My second Vikings vs. Bills prediction? Cook has the most yards from scrimmage for either team. It won’t necessarily be a massive day on the ground, but Cook will get some rushing yards — quick, short passes are a good way to get at this Bills defense. After his excellent touchdown grab last week, the Vikings should look to keep targeting their running back. A good day on the ground and through the air makes it an excellent day for Cook.
Vikings Create 3 Turnovers
The Vikings have 14 takeaways this season, the sixth most in the league. In contrast, the Bills have 14 giveaways, the fourth most in the league. That all points to plenty of opportunity for Minnesota to turn the ball over. Game-changing plays when it matters have been the calling card for the Vikings defense this season. I predict they will do it again with three turnovers during the game.