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NFL Betting: Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills – Thursday August 10, 2017

National Football League Matchup at a Glance

  • Where: New Era Field; Buffalo, NY
  • Date & Time: Thursday August 10, 2017; 7:00pm CT
  • Point Spread: Buffalo Bills -1
  • Total: 36
  • Quick Pick: Minnesota Vikings +1

In the NFL; the first week of preseason has arrived, and we have a match-up on Thursday between the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills. A season ago, the Buffalo Bills finished third in the AFC East with a 7-9 record. The Vikings missed the postseason with an 8-8 record out of the NFC North.

The Buffalo Bills will start the 2017 season with a home game against a divisional rival. The Bills will host the New York Jets. For Minnesota, they start their 2017 regular season with a home game as well. The Vikings host the New Orleans Saints, before going on the road to Pittsburgh in Week 2.

Minnesota Looking for Postseason

The Minnesota Vikings did not have a first round pick in the 2017 draft. After letting Adrian Peterson go to New Orleans, the Vikings elected to draft Dalvin Cook as their starting running back. Cook played his college football at Florida State University. The Vikings were the worst rushing team a season ago with just over 75 yards per game.

The Vikings receiving core features Stefon Diggs on one side and Adam Thielan on the other. Minnesota is going another season without Teddy Bridgewater, and will start with Sam Bradford as the starting quarterback. Defensively a season ago, the Vikings 6th, allowing 19.2 points per game.

Bills Using Starters

The Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott has started that he would like to play his starters for the first quarter of this game. The Buffalo Bills plan to start quarterback Tyrod Taylor, with Tyler Yates as probable back-up. The Bills plan to use LeSean McCoy for another season as the starting runner back.

The Buffalo Bills were one of the worst passing teams in all of the National Football League a season ago. The Bills threw for less than 200 yards per game. The big play potential for the Buffalo offense comes from Sammy Watkins. Defensively, the Bills allowed more than 23 points per game.

Vikings Down Bills

Despite Buffalo likely getting most of their starters a chance to play early in the game, this game is going to go to the Minnesota Vikings. Mike Zimmer the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings has a ton riding on this season. Zimmer will have his team ready to go, even in the preseason opener.

The Minnesota Vikings use a little bit of their passing game, along with their ability to rush the football. Buffalo has several question marks that they need to get figured out. In the end, the Vikings win this game. Bet on the Minnesota Vikings +1 over the Buffalo Bills in preseason opener for both teams.