Bills knock out Favre, then lose ugly game in Minnesota

December 5, 2010 Updated Dec 5, 2010 at 5:34 PM EDT

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Bills knock out Favre, then lose ugly game in Minnesota

December 5, 2010 Updated Dec 5, 2010 at 5:34 PM EDT

Minneapolis ( It was a forgettable day for the Buffalo Bills.
Mistakes, penalties, injuries and 5 turnovers added up to a lopsided 38-14 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. The Bills fell to 2-and-10 on the season with the setback.

The Bills knocked Minnesota starting quarterback Brett Favre out of the game on the Vikings first drive. Arthur Moats hit Favre from behind. His pass was intercepted by Drayton Florence. Favre left the game with a shoulder injury, he was replaced by Tarvaris Jackson, and did not return.

Jackson took over the reigns for the Vikings offense and finished the day completing 15-22 passes for 187 yards, 2 touchdowns, and three interceptions. Running Back Adrian Peterson rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns for Minnesota.

The Bills took a 7-nothing lead in the first quarter. Drayton Florence came up with his second interception of the game, picking off Jackson and returning it 40 yards for the touchdown. It was one of four interceptions forced by the Buffalo defense on the day.

The Vikings then scored 38 unanswered points, including two touchdowns for wide receiver Sidney Rice.

The Bills offense struggled to get anything going against a tough Vikings defense. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had people in his face all afternoon and completed 15-25 passes for 158 yards and a TD. He was intercepted, and also lost a fumble. Fred Jackson rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries. WR David Nelson had 4 catches for 34 yards and a TD.

The Bills also suffered several injuries in the game, and were down to their third center when it all wrapped up. Center Geoff Hangartner left the game in the first half with a knee injury and did not return. His replacement, Kraig Urbik had to be carted off the field in the second half. Andy Levitre, the Bills starting left guard, had to move over and finish the game at center. Head Coach Chan Gailey said after that the Bills "probably lost both of them" when talking about Hangartner and Urbik.

LB Antonio Coleman, and Safety Donte Whitner also were injured in the game.

The Bills host the Cleveland Browns next Sunday.