The winless Buffalo Bills travel north this weekend to take on the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Coming off two straight losses, the Bills are desperately looking for a win against one of the best teams in the NFL. Here are three of the biggest headlines heading into Sunday.
Who will call plays on defense?
After one and a half games of his defense getting walked all over, head coach Sean McDermott took over playcalling duties for the defense in the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Chargers. This change resulted in noticeable and measurable impacts. The Chargers scored only 3 points in the second half versus 28 points in the first half. This week McDermott has remained coy on whether the in-game change made last week would carry over to this week. It will be interesting to see watch the sidelines and booth to see who is doing what and whether that changes again as the game goes on.
Josh Allen’s first road start
Josh Allen’s first start came at the friendly confines of New Era Field. He’ll get to experience what is like to start game on the road. It isn’t the easiest place to play either. Since moving into U.S. Bank Stadium at the start of the 2016 NFL season, the Vikings are 14-4 at home. That is the third-best home record over that stretch; behind the Patriots (17-4) and the Eagles (16-3).
Now Hiring: Offensive Playmaker
The Bills are severely lacking an explosive playmaker on the offense so far this season. They don’t have a single player in the top 32 of rushing or receiving yards. LeSean McCoy is 44th in rushing yards and Zay Jones is 74th in receiving yards. On top of that, McCoy is dealing with a rib cartilage injury and may not be full go on Sunday. Also, while Kelvin Benjamin has said he is “all go” for Sunday he did recently miss practice to deal with a hip ailment. If the Bills’ top two targets are limited that will make playing a scary Minnesota defense even scarier.