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Leslie Frazier suggests Bills' D game-planned for exhibition

By Tim Graham

The Minnesota Vikings weren't prepared for what the defense they faced Friday night.

Teams usually don't game-plan for preseason exhibitions or constantly call blitzes. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier didn't sound too appreciative for what the Buffalo Bills unleashed defensively.

"Everybody has they way of approaching the preseason, and that's their choice," Frazier said after the Bills beat the Vikings, 20-16, in Ralph Wilson Stadium. "We'll keep moving forward.

"They did some good things. It's preseason. They have the option to do whatever they want to do."

The Bills blitzed throughout the game. They recorded four sacks, with defensive end Jerry Hughes tallying a pair. Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and linebacker Marcus Dowtin had one apiece. The Bills also had five quarterback hits and six tackles for losses.

"We didn't spend a lot of time preparing for Buffalo," Frazier said. "We worked a lot on our team. We took a different approach. We were really concentrating on our team and what we need to be able to do.

"It may sound strange in some ways, but some things I saw tonight will help our football team in the future. Buffalo can do what they need to do."


Jerry Hughes | Marcell Dareus | Marcus Dowtin
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Tim Graham

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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.

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