Before Sunday’s game, the Buffalo Bills opened as a 16.5-point underdog against the Minnesota Vikings, a team that reached the NFC championship game last season.
So much for pre-game prognostications.
The Bills opened their 27-6 thumping of the Vikings in U.S. Bank Stadium with a 10-yard touchdown run by Josh Allen – the first rushing score of the rookie’s career. A 30-yard field goal by Stephen Hauschka followed, with all ten points coming courtesy of a pair of fumbles from Kirk Cousins inside the 20-yard line.
Allen followed up those 10 points by finding tight end Jason Croom down the sideline for a 26-yard touchdown. Another rushing score by Allen and a 50-yard field goal from Hauschka made the score 27-0 by late in the second quarter.
The Bills’ defense held Cousins and the Vikings’ offense to just 292 total yards and caused four sacks and three turnovers. The lone touchdown by Minnesota came on a four-yard pass from Cousins to tight end Kyle Rudolph.
- Running backs Chris Ivory and Marcus Murphy combined for 89 yards rushing in the absence of LeSean McCoy, who sat out with a rib injury.
- The Bills have outscored their opponents 41-9 over the last six quarters of play after being down 75-9 during the first six quarters.
- Buffalo became just the sixth underdog of 16 points or more to win over the last 81 point spreads of that size. According to ESPN, the last team to pull off that feat was Washington defeating Dallas on Dec. 3, 1995.