Kings of the North?

Week 7 is less than 24 hours away, so let’s take a sneak peak at one of the most intriguing games on the slate. The undefeated Minnesota Vikings (6-0) will be paid a visit at U.S. Bank Stadium by the high flying offense of the Buffalo Bills (4-2). Are these Vikings for real? Judging by the 6-0 record at first glance it’s easy to say ofcourse. But not so fast, as we take a closer look into their victories thus far, only one opponent features a winning record on the season the Dallas Cowboys (3-2). They have 2 wins over the Lions, and wins vs the Packers, Jets and Saints, teams with a combined record of (4-16). Now it’s time to step up a weight class.

The Buffalo Bills come into the game featuring the leagues most explosive pass offense. After dropping their opening game of the season at home to the AFC north leading Baltimore Ravens, Josh Allen and company have reeled off 4 out of 5 victories and seem to be clicking on all cylindes, with 2 of those victories coming on the road away from Orchard Park and the Bills mafia. Featuring the PMLs leading passer in Allen and 2 top 10 receiving leaders in Stefon Diggs (#1) and Dawson Knox (#7), the Vikings defense will have its hands full. Mike Hughes, Jeff Gladney and Eric Kendrick’s will have to show shades of the Minnesota Purple people eaters of the 1970s to slow this offense down. Danielle Hunter the team leader in sacks (6) will be crucial in this game as he will be called upon to provide pressure on Allen to make him uncomfortable in the pocket. The Vikings defense enters the game with the 5th lowest points allowed per game on the season.

On the offensive side of the ball Minnesota quarterback Jamie Newman continues to make strides in his sophomore season. His completion percentage has improved to 78% (up from 69% last season). Newman is the true definition of a game manager, playing clean football and making big passes when called upon. Reliable targets Adam Theilen and Justin Jefferson can be matchup nightmares for defenses and help stretch the field for the young signal caller. The balanced run attack is the bread and butter of this club. Dalvin Cook and Chris Carson form a dynamic 1-2 punch with Cook doing the heavy lifting. This offense thus far has had no problem finding pay dirt, coming into the game averaging the 4th highest points in the league. The biggest question for the Vikings this week will be how the offensive line holds up against one of the leagues scariest pass rushes. The trio of Sam Hubbard (5), Ed Oliver (7) and Kwity Paye (8) have combined for 20 sacks on the young season. This is a big game for both clubs to show they are for real. A win this week for the Vikings will be a huge statement to the rest of the league as they try to prove they are a team that will be playing late into January come playoff time. For the Bills a huge game for them as well as they head into a bye in week 8 and are looking to build momentum and keep pace with the undefeated New England Patriots, who they still have 2 games with later in the season.

Prediction…

Bills 38

Vikings 31

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