Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills News, 8/18

Aug 17, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Donald Jones (19) dives for a touchdown as Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley (54) attempts the tackle during the second quarter at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Slow start costly in loss to Vikings - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills first team offense had trouble moving the ball early, and the defense gave up a few too many big plays putting Buffalo in a 16-7 halftime hole. Vince Young and the second team offense pulled them back into the game with a four-play 80-yard touchdown drive to make it 16-14 early in the third. But it was as close as the Bills would get with a pair of late interception returns by Minnesota putting the game out of reach in a 36-14 loss to the Vikings."

Bills vs. Vikings highlights - BuffaloBills.com
"Christian Ponder looks sharp as the Minnesota Vikings beat the Buffalo Bills 36-14."

Inside The Bills | No go for McGee
"The Bills are out on the field warming up for tonight’s preseason contest against the Vikings, but Terrence McGee is not dressed. In fact he didn’t make the trip."

Inside The Bills | Fitz on Wood’s return to action
"It was good to get Eric in there and just talking to him during and after the game he felt good," said Fitzpatrick. "It was a brief 10 plays, but it’s always nice coming back from an injury to get out there and come out of a game clean and feel pretty good about it."

Inside The Bills | Vince pulling ahead
"Vince did a good job," said Gailey. "He hit the big pass, made a check out there and got us in a good spot to score the touchdown. He did good. Tyler had done good until he threw the interception. The last two throws he had were not good throws, but up until that he had played pretty well. So you’d have to say Vince came out a little bit ahead tonight."

Inside The Bills | Fitz knows big week lies ahead
"We were a little bit cleaner today, but not where we wanted to be obviously and we’ll go back and look at the film," said Fitzpatrick. "We’ve got a big week coming up here where we’ll probably do a little bit of game planning this week so hopefully we can come out against a really good defense and play better."

Inside The Bills | Fan Friday 8-17
Chris Brown provides an update on David Clowney and Tank Carder, explains how T.J. Graham is different than Roscoe Parrish, how the Bills work on eliminating penalties, and Scott McKillop's future.

Ponder picks apart Bills' starting defense; offense sputters - The Buffalo News
"The Minnesota Vikings starters outperformed the Bills on offense and defense Friday night at Mall of America Field. Then the Vikings’ backups won that matchup, too, beating the Bills, 36-14."

Competition for No. 2 receiver spot starts to heat up - The Buffalo News
"Jones caught a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass over the middle and darted toward the left sideline, maneuvering around Vikings defenders and then picking up a terrific block from tight end Scott Chandler. Jones had enough room to dive for the pylon and score."

Points after: Vikings 36, Bills 14 - The Buffalo News
"Chunk yardage: Minnesota's starters played three possessions and had gains of 21, 33, 16, 19 and 35 yards. They drove into at least field-goal range on all of their series. For the game, seven Vikings had at least one play of 20 yards or longer."

Career derailment 'haunts' Travis Henry - The Buffalo News
"In my time away, people would know who I was and talk in a disappointed way like I threw away my career," Henry told Pascoe Tribune correspondent Andy Villamarzo in New Port Richey, Fla. "It just haunts me when I think about it. I see guys like Vick and Burress and say 'Why can't that be me?' "

WGR 550 - HAMILTON: Young Pulls Away In Back-up Race
Paul Hamilton meanders around the Thigpen vs. Young debate, saying that VY has separated himself.

WGR 550 - GAMENIGHT: Vikings Top Bills 36-14
Here's WGR's game recap.

Buffalo Bills QB Vince Young denies report of loan default | Democrat and Chronicle
"Attorney Trey Dolezal also raised questions on Friday whether his client was even aware the loan was taken out in his name. Dolezal told The Associated Press by phone that Pro Player Funding never contacted Young, and instead worked with the player’s former financial adviser, Ronnie T. Peoples, in issuing a high-interest $1.877 million loan in May 2011."

Late turnovers help Minnesota Vikings rout Buffalo Bills | Democrat and Chronicle
"Owning the NFL’s longest active streak of 12 straight years without reaching the postseason, the Bills have a promising offense. Their performance last week against Washington was weak, so this was a little better. Fitzpatrick finished 8 for 11 for 58 yards and no turnovers over four possessions."

GIF: Jerome Simpson, Hurdler - Hooks, Lines & Sinkers - SB Nation Minnesota
Keep your head up when making the tackle, Jairus.

Vikings Vs. Bills: Minnesota Defense Key In 36-14 Victory - SB Nation Minnesota
Check out the story stream from SB Nation Minnesota, which features everything leading up to the game as well as in-game updates and post-game analysis.

Vikings edge Bills at Metrodome | The Jamestown Sun
"Christian Ponder threw a first-quarter touchdown pass in a sharp three-possession appearance and the Minnesota Vikings breezed to a 36-14 victory Friday night over the Buffalo Bills, who saw a decent performance from backup quarterback candidate Vince Young. "

Tom Powers: Vikings had a good night; was it also a good sign? - TwinCities.com
"As it turned out, the Vikings were very presentable in their 2012 home debut. "

Vikings make a little leap forward | StarTribune.com
"The Vikings' first-teamers showed some flash in the first quarter, moving offensively and stopping Buffalo on defense."

Vikings' Ponder exceptionally efficient vs. Bills - Fox Sports North
"Christian Ponder was 10 for 13 passing on Friday for 136 yards and a touchdown, tallying a 135.4 quarterback rating, in helping lead Minnesota to a 36-14 win against the Buffalo Bills in preseason action."

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