How can a playoff team from last season like the Minnesota Vikings and a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 1999 in the Buffalo Bills be so similar on offense? It’s actually quite simple, so let’s look at the respective teams at several key positions.
Both Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel are alumni of Florida State University, where they both had very respectable college careers.
C.J. Spiller and Adrian Peterson are downright scary running threats that seemingly could score from anywhere on the field. Also, their backups Fred Jackson and Toby Gerhart are not any slouches by any stretch of the imagination, and could be starters on other teams.
Both teams have excellent veteran receivers in Greg Jennings and Stevie Johnson who have sure hands and run excellent routes. In addition, they also have rookie receivers that could be the cream of the crop of a star-studded class in Robert Woods and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Scott Chandler and Kyle Rudolph are big, rangy and extremely athletic tight ends that could give defensive coordinators migraines and sleepless nights to game plan for. They can cause big-time mismatches between the safeties and linebackers that have to cover these giants on the field.
Both Cordy Glenn and Matt Kalilare are second-year offensive tackles who have plowed holes for their aforementioned elite-level running backs and will provide protection for their respective quarterback’s blind side for years to come.
While it doesn’t seem so, these two offenses are incredibly similar at many key positions; and despite the Bills going 6-10 last season and the Vikings going to the playoffs, this should give Buffalo and their fans at least a glimmer of hope in 2013, if not a reason to celebrate.