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Bills have the stats, but not the wins

Unlike Buffalo, Vikings lack flash

Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Knock the Vikings’ offense all you want for its lack of flash.

Quarterback Brad Johnson isn’t going to conjure memories of his pass-happy predecessor, Daunte Culpepper, while star receiver Randy Moss is long gone to Oakland.

None of this matters to Bills receiver Peerless Price, who sees one distinct difference when comparing Buffalo’s offense to Minnesota’s.

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"What do I think about them? I think they win," Price said. "It might not be the way the media or SportsCenter or how outside people want to view it. It’s not the prettiest. But they win."

In a fantasy football-mad world that cherishes stats over results, some things don’t change in the big picture with the Bills (1-2) preparing to host the Vikings

(2-1) on Sunday.

Buffalo has more yards rushing and has scored more points than the Vikings. And the J.P. Losman-led offense is coming off its most productive game in four years after generating 475 yards in a 28-20 loss to the New York Jets last weekend.

But there’s no style points awarded in football, and the Bills trail in the one category that matters most: victories.

"Once you learn how to win the ugly ones, the way Minnesota beat Carolina, that’s what separates the 8-8 season from the 12-4 season," Price said, noting the Vikings’ 19-16 overtime win over the Panthers in Week 2. "That’s what we have to learn to do."

Minnesota is off to a winning start despite an offense that has not produced a touchdown in

10-plus quarters, including overtime, and a team that features placekicker Ryan Longwell having as many touchdowns passing, one, as Johnson has.

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Boring, perhaps. The one thing the Vikings are not is complaining over their lack of offensive identity under first-year head coach Brad Childress.

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