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Given this was his first NFC North game
06-09-2019, 03:26 AM
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Given this was his first NFC North game
MINNEAPOLIS — Kirk Cousins delivered for the Minnesota Vikings the type of performance expected from Michael Deiter Jersey , and demanded by, his big contract.Passing for 219 yards and three touchdowns over the fourth quarter and overtime at Green Bay, Cousins guided the Vikings back from a 13-point deficit to forge a tie with the Packers despite an interception and many other mistakes by the rest of the team. against Minnesota’s primary rival, there was a statement made that afternoon at Lambeau Field.More Vikings coveragePhotos of the Week: 7/21/19 – 7/27/19Rookie Bradbury is central figure to Vikings’ overhauled offensive lineVikings depth at cornerback being tested, Hughes still not clearedPlayers to watch at Minnesota Vikings 2019 training campTop Tweets: Vikings WR Diggs makes push for All-NFL Style Team“I’ve seen Kirk do those things before, so it just solidified what type of leader he is,” offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said. “You’re never out of the game.”The Vikings (1-0-1) are fifth in the NFL in total yards, entering Sunday against winless Buffalo. Cousins, however, was quick to point out the Vikings had only seven points through three quarters at Green Bay.“We’d love to be more explosive throughout the game as opposed to more concentrated to late in the game,” Cousins said. “We want to be an offense that can strike at any time, but also be a threat from the first quarter all the way through the last.”The Bills have a long way to go to get there, having handed their quarterback job to rookie Josh Allen during their blowout loss at Baltimore in the opener. The seventh overall pick in the draft showed some progress last week, but with an unsettled offensive line and a lack of game-breaking receivers, this season figures to be a steep learning curve for Allen.“All these trials and tribulations that I’m going to go through my rookie year,” he said, “are only going to help in the long run.”Here are some other key angles to follow for the Bills-Vikings game:MAKING THE CALLThe Bills were outscored 75-9 over their first six quarters until making modest improvement in the second half last week. What changed? Well, coach Sean McDermott took over the play-calling duty from defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, his long-time friend and mentor. They will collaborate now.“We’re going to do what we feel we need to do in games, and improve,” McDermott said, “and we look in every corner to improve.”The Chargers had 284 yards Daniel Jones Jersey , 17 first downs and 28 points in the first half, then just 65 yards, four first downs and three points in the second half.“That’s something that we can build on this week going in, just having the confidence of knowing we can stop teams from scoring,” said Tre’Davious White, one of only three healthy cornerbacks on the roster following the retirement of Vontae Davis and injuries to Phillip Gaines and Taron Johnson.6<button class="view-gallery">View Gallery</button> Gallery:Vikings' Diggs mystifies Packers' secondary in Green BayFAMILIAR FACEFrazier took the adjustment in stride. He first began coaching with McDermott in 1999 with the Philadelphia Eagles.“We owe it to our players to give us the best chance to win, whatever it may be,” Frazier said, “and so that’s how I looked at it.”Frazier, of course, was the head coach for the Vikings for three-plus seasons after serving as defensive coordinator prior to that. This will be his first return to Minnesota for a regular-season game since his firing after the 2013 season.“Just a lot of good relationships back in Minnesota, a lot of fond memories,” Frazier said.BAILEY’S DEBUTIf and when Dan Bailey makes his first field goal on Sunday, the crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium will undoubtedly roar with an undertone of sarcasm after those three wide rights by now-discarded rookie Daniel Carlson against the Packers.Kicking trouble has hounded the Vikings throughout Mike Zimmer’s reign as head coach since 2014, so they were relieved that a player with Bailey’s accomplishment and experience was available this week .The Bills have had more stability lately with Stephen Hauschka, who ranks fourth on the NFL’s all-time field goal accuracy list . Bailey is second. Hauschka, who was in training camp with the Vikings as a rookie in 2008, is 33 for 38 on field goal tries in 19 games with the Bills and has converted all 31 extra point attempts.“We are fortunate. Hauschka is very steady and a veteran who has kicked in big games,” McDermott said. “That was part of the reason why we picked him up.”MCCOY HURTINGThe Bills ranked sixth in the league last year in rushing yards, on the strength of a second straight 1,000-yard season by LeSean McCoy, but Bills running backs have only 108 yards on 31 attempts through two games. This has been a rough season so far for McCoy. He’s been working through a rib cartilage injury this week Dexter Lawrence Jersey , when he was also named in a second case of alleged abuse brought forth by a former girlfriend .Minnesota’s defense is not an ideal opponent against which to get on track.“They’re a good team. It’s a challenge. If I’m good enough, I’ll go out there and compete,” McCoy said.NOT SO SPECIALVikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer has been under pressure for more than just the place-kicking problems. The Packers blocked Matt Wile‘s punt and turned it into a touchdown last week, the most glaring mistake that wasn’t a missed field goal.“We’re going to have to clean it up,” Zimmer said.VIKINGS-BILLS CAPSULESunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBSOPENING LINE – Vikings by 16RECORD VS. SPREAD – Buffalo 0-2, Minnesota 1-1SERIES RECORD – Vikings lead 8-5LAST MEETING – Bills beat Vikings 17-16, Oct. 19, 2014LAST WEEK – Bills lost to Chargers 31-20; Vikings tied Packers 29-29AP PRO32 RANKING – Bills No. 32, Vikings No. 3BILLS OFFENSE – OVERALL (31), RUSH (25T), PASS (31)BILLS DEFENSE – OVERALL (18), RUSH (22), PASS (16)VIKINGS OFFENSE – OVERALL (5), RUSH (22), PASS (5)VIKINGS DEFENSE – OVERALL (14), RUSH (13), PASS (15)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Bills beat Vikings in Buffalo in 2014 on TD pass from Kyle Orton to Sammy Watkins with 1 second left during first season with Minnesota for Mike Zimmer as head coach and Teddy Bridgewater as QB. In 59 regular season games since that last meeting, Bills and Vikings have each sent out five more QBs for at least one start. … Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier held same job with Vikings from 2007-10 before being promoted to head coach until firing after 2013 season. … Bills haven’t started 0-3 since 2010. … Bills QB Josh Allen makes first career road start. Last time Bills finished with winning record on road was 1999. … Bills have allowed 11 sacks, second most in league. … Vikings have won 10 of last 11 games Deandre Baker Jersey , including playoffs, at home while allowing NFL-low average of 13.6 points per game. … Vikings WR Stefon Diggs has six TD catches and at least one in last five regular-season games, fifth-longest streak in team history. Randy Moss (10) has record, from 2003-04. … Dan Bailey makes debut as kicker for Vikings, who cut rookie Daniel Carlson this week. Fantasy tip: Vikings’ defense is must play at home against rookie Allen and Bills’ sputtering offense. Bills tied for most rushing TDs allowed (four) in league, so Vikings backup RB Latavius Murray could be worth start. In 10 games including playoffs for Minnesota at home, Murray has seven rushing TDs. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Julio Jones seems to take pleasure in shutting down questions about his accomplishments.It comes to him as naturally as catching a pass over the middle and stiff-arming a defender for extra yards.Jones, the Atlanta Falcons‘ star wideout, last week became the quickest player in NFL history to reach 10,000 yards receiving. He accomplished the feat in 104 games, easily breaking Calvin Johnson’s mark of 115.But Jones refuses to take much credit, pointing out that quarterback Matt Ryan, his teammate since the Falcons drafted him sixth overall in 2011, and many others played an equally big role.“For me, I’m never an individual guy,” Jones said Thursday. “I couldn’t have done it by myself. It was just like Matt did a great job giving me opportunities, the offensive line. It’s like one of those things that I can’t go out there and play by myself — football is the ultimate team sport. I don’t know. I feel regular.”Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, in his second season working with Jones, has a pretty good idea why his big playmaker causes so many matchup problems even as he’s constantly double-teamed. Linebackers often aren’t fast enough to cover him. Defensive backs are often too small to tackle the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder.“It’s incredible how much ground he can cover,” Sarkisian said. “You can tell two guys to run a six-step route. He may get to 20 yards and another guy might run it at 14 or 15. He can just cover so much ground Oshane Ximines Jersey , and then his explosiveness to get in and out of breaks, for a man that size, is very impressive.”Jones is more concerned with helping the Falcons (4-5) beat Dallas (4-5) to stay in the NFC playoff hunt. The Cowboys‘ secondary has only two interceptions but is still a threat with cornerbacks Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie and safeties Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods having combined for 22 pass breakups.“Cover-three team, mix in a little man, and they do have cover-two in there,” Jones said. “But who knows how they’re going to play us? They’re going to be who they are, and we can probably expect them to come in with one-high (safety).”In last week’s loss at Cleveland, the Falcons couldn’t answer quickly enough when they trailed by 18 points midway through the third quarter. Knowing Atlanta was no longer a threat to run the ball, the Browns dropped back in coverage and kept everything in front of them.Jones wants the Falcons to establish the run early and maintain it throughout the game. Ryan needs the threat of play-action to keep the linebackers up and let his receivers get open for big gains.“Not taking anything away from Cleveland, but there were some opportunities that we’ve got to take advantage of,” Jones said. “There are always things out there that you miss on the field, but that’s more so on us. We’ve made the corrections.”Notes: Thursday marked the first day that K Matt Bryant was listed as a full participant in practice since Week 6. Bryant, the career franchise scoring leader, has been sidelined with a sore hamstring. If he is able to play, the Falcons might release Giorgio Tavecchio to add depth at other positions. … MLB Deion Jones, returning from a foot injury that’s sidelined him since Week 1, was a limited participant for the second straight day. … Also limited were WR Mohamed Sanu (hip), S Damontae Kazee (shoulder), DE Derrick Shelby (groin), LBs De’Vondre Campbell (calf) and Bruce Carter (knee).
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