If the Buffalo Bills (0-2) are to pull off the HUGE upset Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings (1-0-1) in Minneapolis, the offense is going to have to find a way to score points against a talented Vikings’ defense.
When prized rookie quarterback Josh Allen directs the Bills offense onto the field, he should have the full services of Kelvin Benjamin, the team’s number one wide receiver.
Benjamin, who was limited in practice Wednesday with a hip injury, returned to the practice field Thursday as a full participant.
In speaking with reporters after practice, Benjamin, who has three catches for 29 yards and one touchdown in Buffalo’s first two games, said the hip ailment shouldn’t cause him any problems Sunday.
“Not at all. I’m all go, man,” Benjamin said.
That’s good news for Allen and a Bills offense that is averaging only 11.5 points per game through a winless start to the season. Slow starts have doomed the team in 2018, with the Bills being shutout in the first half of a season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens before being held to a pair of first-half Stephen Hauschka field goals last week vs. the Los Angeles Chargers.
This week, Benjamin has the enviable task of lining up against Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota’s talented All-Pro cornerback.
“Yeah, Xavier Rhodes will probably be matched up on me, so he will probably follow me around the whole game other than when I’m in the slot or inside,” Benjamin said. “We just got to come off the ball and play physical, block on the outside for the runs, and we have to establish the run early. Just go out and play physical. (Play) pitch and catch and get some points on the board.”