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August 17, 2013

Should Vikings fans be worried?

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Kolb showed plenty of rust in getting off to a slow start on Friday. He finished 13 of 21 for 111 yards passing and an interception. He returned to practice this past week since twisting his left knee while slipping on a wet rubber mat on Aug. 3. It was Kolb's first appearance since Oct. 14, when he with Arizona and sustained a season-ending rib injury in a 19-16 overtime loss to Buffalo.

2. STILL PONDERING: Following a preseason-opening 27-13 loss to Houston, Ponder opened the week by calling the Vikings' next two games crucial for the offense to find its groove.

That certainly didn't happen against Buffalo. Ponder was sacked by Hughes on the first play from scrimmage, and Minnesota's offense hardly recovered.

"If this was a game that counted, it'd be tough," Ponder said. "But it's more practice for us."

Coach Leslie Frazier chalked it up to being a preseason lesson, and that he wasn't anticipating the Bills to come at them with an exotic blitzing attack. And yet he did acknowledge having some concerns.

"We could've done some things better, no matter what they did," he said. "We didn't execute as well as we could have."

3. BAD SNAPS: The Vikings were undone by two bad snaps from center.

Taking over at the Bills 31 after Kolb threw an interception, Ponder was looking the other way when center John Sullivan snapped the ball. It led to a 14-yard loss. The drive ended with Blair Walsh missing a 49-yard field goal attempt wide right.

Backup center Joe Berger was then at fault for sailing his snap over Cassel's head on the play that led to Blatnick's TD.

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