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Buffalo Bills looking to make history Thursday night

If Buffalo can knock off Minnesota, the Bills will mark their first undefeated preseason in franchise history

Everyone knows the Buffalo Bills, like most NFL teams, plan to rest the majority of their starters during Week 4 of the NFL’s tedious preseason slate of games.

But if the Bills (3-0) are able to get past the Minnesota Vikings (3-0) at 7 p.m. Thursday night at New Era Field, the team will have achieved a first in its storied history: completing the preseason with a perfect record.

After earning wins over the Indianapolis Colts (24-16), Carolina Panthers (27-14), and Detroit Lions (24-20), the Bills have started off with three straight preseason wins for the first time in 53 years.

The last time Buffalo was victorious in its first three preseason games: 1966, when the Bills knocked off the Boston Patriots, Denver Broncos, and Houston Oilers before falling to the Joe Namath-less New York Jets in the preseason finale.

That season’s squad finished the regular season with a 9-4-1 record before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs 31-7 in the AFL championship, therefore missing out on the chance to play in the first-ever Super Bowl.

If the Bills are to make franchise history, it will most likely come with undrafted rookie free agent Tyree Jackson, a University at Buffalo product, serving as the team’s primary quarterback.

Then again, most—if not all—of Buffalo’s fans would trade in a perfect preseason for an injury-free preseason finale heading into Week 1 of the 2019 season, when the Bills travel to face the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 8.