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Greetings from Mall of America Field

By Tim Graham

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kickoff for tonight's preseason game between the Buffalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings is about 90 minutes away.

All week, I tried to avoid calling this place Mall of America Field. Yet here I am, surrounded by banners that say I'm at Mall of America Field. So be it.

I'm in my press-box seat at the 39-yard line, ready to see if the Bills' offense can rebound from last week's awful performance and if their defense can build on a solid outing against the Washington Redskins. This morning on the Press Coverage blog I posted some items to watch for tonight.

The Vikings are coming off a 17-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in their exhibition opener. One of the battles Vikings fans are interested to see is rookie left tackle Matt Kalil against the Bills' pass rush.

What a coincidence. The Bills want to see what rookie left tackle Cordy Glenn can do with right defensive end Jared Allen, who led the NFL with 22 sacks last year.

Star running back Adrian Peterson, recovering from an ankle injury, won't play against the Bills. Former Bills cornerback Antoine Winfield is expected to play after missing the opener.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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