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Know Your Opponent: Buffalo Bills

After taking a loss to a very familiar opponent – division rival Detroit – last week, the Vikings will look for a win this week against an unfamiliar opponent – the Buffalo Bills. The Vikings and Bills will meet Sunday at noon, and the game will mark just the 13th meeting between these two franchises.

There is a lot to know about the Bills, but here are the basics…

Division:AFC East (2nd place)2014 Record:3-3
Last Week:Lost to New England (37-22)

Coaching StaffHead Coach: Doug Marrone
Defensive Coordinator: Jim Schwartz
Offensive Coordinator: Nathaniel Hackett
Special Teams Coordinator: Danny Crossman

Defense-- Coordinator Jim Schwartz was the Detroit Lions Head Coach from 2009-13
-- Buffalo features a 4-3 defensive front
-- DT Marcell Dareus was the No. 3 overall pick in 2011, DE Jerry Hughes was the No. 31 pick in 2010 (Indianapolis), and DE Mario Williams was the No. 1 overall pick in 2006
-- Buffalo ranks No. 1 in the NFL against the run, No. 26 against the pass, and No. 10 in scoring

Offense-- Buffalo benched second-year QB EJ Manuel in favor of veteran Kyle Orton after four games
-- RBs Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller have combined for 43 receptions in 2014
-- Two rookies – LG Cyril Richardson and RT Seantrel Henderson – start along OL.
-- Buffalo ranks No. 22 in rushing, No. 18 in passing and tied for 20th in scoring

Special Teams-- Buffalo carries three kickers – Dan Carpenter is the place kicker, Jordan Gay is the kickoff specialist, and Colton Schmidt is the punter
-- Gay has 23 touchbacks on 30 kickoffs (76.7%)
-- Bills rank No. 3 in the NFL in field position after kickoffs (24.5)
-- CJ Spiller is the primary kickoff returner and is averaging 33.7 yards per return (No. 1 in the NFL) with one touchdown

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