Daily Chat: Run First



The number of balls Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson dropped last week, including a touchdown that would’ve won the game in overtime (and which lead to his infamous tweet).

Still, Johnson shouldn’t be taken lightly. He’s a deep threat who will be facing a secondary that has had problems stopping the long-ball.

With the addition of linebacker Reggie Torbor, that makes ten players the Bills have placed on injured reserve this year.

For Sunday’s game, the Bills will sit two players and three are listed as questionable.

With defensive end Dwan Edwards shelved for the season yesterday, the Vikings will face former Viking Spencer Johnson in his stead, who himself is coming off a hamstring injury, so he’s likely to get spelled quite a bit by rookie Alex Carrington.

This is a banged up team and yet they nearly should have beat the 7-3 Steelers last week.

That’s where the Buffalo Bills rank in run defense. You think Adrian Peterson doesn’t want him some of that? I’m sure Toby Gerhart feels the same way.

Come to think of it, let’s add Leslie Frazier to that list, considering last week’s Grind It Out game.

Looks like the Vikings coach with the cool-sounding name (sounds like The Enemy), running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, is not long for this team. It looks like he’s set to become the new offensive coordinator at the University of Colorado.

What is unclear is when he’ll leave. During the season? No one says.

I hadn’t really planned on writing a lot about Chris Kluwe but the guy keeps making his way into my zone of attention. His band, Tripping Icarus, will debut their new album on their Facebook page today and tomorrow, so head on over there if you want to hear it.

The Vikings host the Buffalo Bills at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome on Sunday. Kickoff is at Noon CST and the game will be broadcast on CBS nationally and WCCO TV locally.

With two losing teams facing one another, you will have to suffer through the D-team broadcasters with something called Kevin Harlan as your play-by-play guy and Soloman Wilcots will be your analyst. Thankfully, they’re cutting corners so severely on this game that we won’t even have a sideline “reporter.”

The radio broadcast is on KFAN-AM 1130/KTLK 100.3-FM locally with your usual crew of play-by-play guy Paul Allen, analyst Pete Bercich and sideline reporter Greg Coleman. Pre-game shows starts at 10 AM CST.

Got yer back: All the links you’ll need to scout out this week’s Hated Opponent can be found at Minnesota Vikings Chat’s Buffalo Bills News page.