COACHING: For the first time since their 38-14 loss to the New York Jets on Oct. 3, the Bills weren’t competitive and looked lethargic. Chan Gailey’s calls couldn’t counteract the Vikings superiority up front, and the defensive gameplan couldn’t stop Tavaris Jackson from lighting up the Bills secondary in the first half or Adrian Peterson from burning Buffalo’s “D’’ after intermission. Grade: D
OFFENSE: Ryan Fitzpatrick extended his streak to 13 straight games with a touchdown pass, but that was one of the few highlights. He lost two fumbles and was picked off once. Fred Jackson cooled off after two outstanding games, finishing with only 42 yards rushing. Stevie Jones had one drop to go with two catches for an inconsequential 36 yards. Jared Allen tossed Bills left tackle Demetrius Bell around like a rag doll. With injuries, the Bills O-line is now a shambles. Grade: D
DEFENSE: Despite four interceptions, it was not a great day for the defense. After Brett Favre was KOed on the third play of the game, Jackson came in and looked like Favre in his prime, throwing for 170 first-half yards and two scores. The Vikings rushed for 210 yards, led by Peterson’s 107-yard performance on a gimpy right ankle. Cornerback Drayton Florence had two picks, including one for a score, and Poz led the team with 15 tackles, 11 unassisted. Grade: C-minus.
SPECIAL TEAMS: McKelvin’s fumbled kickoff return was a momentum shifter. Brian Moorman had a solid game, averaging 44.2 yards and pinning three of his six punts inside the Minnesota 20. Grade: C
OVERALL: It’s going to be interesting to see how the 2-10 Bills respond during the final quarter of the season, starting with Sunday’s home game against the Cleveland Browns. The injuries along the offensive line may pave the way to a 2-14 finish and halt the progress we were starting to see from this team. Grade: D
Award-winning columnist and author Scott Pitoniak has covered the Bills since 1985 and has written five books about the team, including the recently published, Buffalo Bills Football Vault: The First 50 Seasons, which is available at any book store, the Bills team stores and Amazon.com. You can read more by Scott at www.scottpitoniak.com . He will be signing copies of his recently published books at the Borders in Victor, Friday, Dec. 10, from 6-8 p.m. and at the Barnes & Noble in Webster, Saturday, Dec. 11, from 2-4 p.m.