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Bills Pull Out 17-16 Win Over Vikings
Orton hits Watkins for game winning score with one second left.
by Steve Saslow
Week 7
Vikings  16
Bills  17
The Skinny:
Kyle Orton hit Sammy Watkins for a two yard touchdown pass with :01 left to lift the Bills to a 17-16 win over the Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Orton hit Chris Hogan for a 28 yard catch to the two as the clock was running out. Earlier in the drive Orton found Scott Chandler on 4th and 20 to keep the drive alive. Orton also hit Watkins for a 26 yard touchdown to give the Bills a short lived 7-3 lead in the first half. Blair Walsh hit field goals from 40, 55, and 33 yards that gave the Vikings the edge most of the way until the Bills final drive.

The Big Drive:
The Final One: The Bills went 80 yards in 15 plays in 3:06 to give the Bills the win over the Vikings. The big plays on the drive was a 24 yard pass from Orton to Chandler on a 4th and 20 pass two plays after Chandler dropped a pass. Hogan also caught a huge pass to the goal line to setup the winning score. Watkins caught a 19 yard pass earlier in the drive.

Stat I Did Like:
First Downs: It was nice to have a season high 22 first downs in the game.

Stat I Didn't Like:
Yards Rushing: They gave up a season high 158 yards on 29 carries for a whopping 5.4 yard average per run.

Quick Slants:
- Former Bill Takeo Spikes led the charge for this game. It was his first trip back to Ralph Wilson Stadium since leaving the Bills. His cousin Brandon Spikes turned towards him and saluted him as he ran on the field.
- Van Miller became the latest member of the Wall of Fame during a halftime ceremony.

Key Matchup Results:
The winners of the battles highlighted in our preview article:
LT Cordy Glenn vs. DE Everson Griffen: Winner: Griffen. He had eight tackles and three sacks as he dominated theis battle.
WR Sammy Watkins vs. CB Captain Munnerlyn: Winner: Watkins. He had nine catches for 122 yards and both Buffalo touchdowns.
DE Jerry Hughes vs. LT Matt Kalil: Winner: Hughes. He had a nice 1.5 sacks in the game.
DB Stephon Gilmore vs. WR Greg Jennings: Winner: Gilmore. Jenning had six catches for 77 yards but wasn't a playmaker.

Keys To The Game Results:
How the keys highlighted in our preview article turned out:
1. Hold On To The Football: Failure! They turned the ball over four times and still found a way to win the game.
2. Make Bridgewater Uncomfortable: Success! He was sacked five times.
3. Score Quickly: Failure! They didn't score until the second quarter thanks to early turnovers.

My Take:
The Bills are a better team than the Vikings. You must find a way to beat teams like Minnesota at home. It was tougher than it should have been and the Bills played poorly but the bottom line is they pulled out the victory. Good teams win games they shouldn't and this was one of those games. The win can be taken as a positive step despite Doug Marrone being very upset with how the team played.

What's Ahead:
The Bills hit the road for a division game in New Jersey against the last place Jets who have 10 days to prepare for the game after a tough Thursday night loss to the Patriots that raised their losing streak to six games. They also have a new toy in WR Percy Harvin.

  • Sammy Watkins - He led the way with two touchdowns and his second 100 yard game.
  • Leodis McKelvin - He had two interceptions in the game.
  • Jerry Hughes - Had 1.5 sacks.
  • Marcell Dareus - Had 2 sacks in the win.

  • Goats
  • Cyril Richardson - Continues to be a turnstile at guard. The worst of a bad group of offensive linemen.

  • Player Of The Week
  • Sammy Watkins - He has now given the Bills two of their four victories this season.

  • Gamebook
    Vikings Game Preview
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    2014 Buffalo Bills
    Record: (4-3) Division: (1-1)
    vs AFC: (1-3) vs NFC: (3-0)
    Home: (2-2) Road: (2-1)
    Place: 2nd

    Team Rankings: Through Week 7
    Total Offense: 22nd
    Passing: 19th
    Rushing: 19th
    Total Defense: 11th
    Passing: t-19th
    Rushing: 4th

    Player Of The Week
    Sammy Watkins - Scored both Buffalo touchdowns in comeback win over the Vikings.

    The Bills are now...
    92-139 since 2000.
    50-58 in home games since 2001.
    7-20 in road games since 2011.
    11-33 in road divison games since 2000.
    4-11 in their last 15 road games.
    2-10 in their last 12 road divison games.
    20-14 in OT.
    8-18-1 when allowing a safety.
    30-75 against team's with a winning record since 2000.
    27-55 against the AFC East since 2001.
    10-28 against the AFC East since 2008.
    10-13 when they have a punt return TD.
    25-9 when winning the turnover battle since 2009.
    5-5 in their history in games where there are no turnovers.
    5-0 when each team has a 140+ yard rusher.
    43-30 when the QB throws for over 300 yards.
    12-3 when Fred Jackson runs for 100 yards.

    Did you know...
    C.J. Spiller is now in 8th place on the team's all time rushing list.
    Robert Woods has at least one catch in each of his 20 career games.
    Fred Jackson became only the third player in team history to go over 5,000 career rushing yards.
    Fred Jackson is in 2nd place on the all-time team list for receptions from a RB.
    Fred Jackson is tied for 4th on the all-time team list with 29 rushing TDs.
    Fred Jackson moved into a 7th place tie on the all-time team list with 36 total TDs.

     2014 Schedule
    Sept. 7@ Chicago W 23-20 OT
    Sept. 14Miami W 29-10
    Sept. 21San Diego L 22-10
    Sept. 28@ Houston L 23-17
    Oct. 5@ Detroit W 17-14
    Oct. 12New England L 37-22
    Oct. 19Minnesota W 17-16
    Oct. 26@ NY Jets 1:00
    Nov. 2Bye
    Nov. 9Kansas City 1:00
    Nov. 13@ Miami 8:25
    Nov. 23NY Jets 1:00
    Nov. 30Cleveland 1:00
    Dec. 7@ Denver 4:05
    Dec. 14Green Bay 1:00
    Dec. 21@ Oakland 4:25
    Dec. 28@ New England 1:00


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