There’s been good things, bad things and ugly things for both the Bills and Vikings on Sunday with the last category being filled with the same things on both sides of the ball.
The Bills have fumbled twice and Kyle Orton threw an interception while Teddy Bridgewater has thrown two picks of his own as the Bills and Vikings have taken turns trying to hand the game away on the way to halftime. The Vikings were able to hold onto the ball long enough to get a 55-yard Blair Walsh field goal just before the end of the half to give them a 13-10 lead.
Bridgewater’s two interceptions came before he threw the first touchdown pass of his NFL career, a four-yarder to the recently MIA Cordarrelle Patterson that briefly lifted the Vikings to a 10-7 lead. The Bills were able to tie the score a short time later despite adding a C.J. Spiller injury to the one that knocked Fred Jackson out of the game earlier in the half. Spiller’s big run before his injury helped the Bills outgain the Vikings, but their persistent giveaways have made that yardage advantage moot.
Orton is 16-of-23 for 124 yards and a touchdown to Sammy Watkins, who continues to look the part of the No. 1 receiver the Bills clearly thought he was on draft day. Jerick McKinnon has run well for Minnesota, which is still having trouble protecting Bridgewater. The rookie has had a rough day, but he looked sharp leading them to the field goal before the half so perhaps the second half will bring better results for the Vikings passing game.