Ranking the 11 games left on the Vikings 2022 schedule
By Randy Smith
at Buffalo Bills (Week 10)
The Vikings will prove who they are when they take on none other than the Buffalo Bills in Week 10. The Bills, like Minnesota, sit on top of their division with a 5-1 record. Add in former Viking Stefon Diggs facing his old team, and his replacement Justin Jefferson looking to burn Buffalo’s secondary and you have must-see television.
Quarterback Josh Allen is having another MVP-caliber season, currently with 1,980 passing yards, 17 passing touchdowns to just four interceptions. Allen’s statistical jump from his rookie and sophomore years to the present day show he isn’t the same player that hurdled over Anthony Barr – he’s scarier.
Diggs ranks just second in the NFL in receiving yards, behind Tyreek Hill, but right above Jefferson. A rare win-win trade several years back has created a showdown of who the better wideout will be come November 13th.
On defense, the Bills have outside linebacker Von Miller with six sacks, just a half sack off the league’s highest amount, and safety Jordan Poyer tied for the most interceptions in the league with four. In addition to their firepower offense, a stout defense now accompanies Buffalo.
For Minnesota, not only has Jefferson been the team’s answer in replacing Diggs, but they too have help at the outside linebacker position with Za’Darius Smith coming over from Green Bay, and he’s just a half sack off Miller’s six with 5.5 on the year.
In their secondary, Harrison Smith still holds a veteran presence with two interceptions on the season while veterans alike, such as Patrick Peterson have made their presence reminded, while younger players like Cam Dantzler have shown up.
While it could be a preview of the possible yet not plausible Super Bowl matchup, as both teams are 0-4 in the big game, it will at least be Minnesota’s most difficult matchup of the year and be the ultimate test to prove who exactly this team is.
Between two winning offenses, and some sure-fire defensive play, the Vikings or Bills could make their case as contenders for their team’s first Lombardi out of the matchup in Orchard Park.