Bills stun Vikings 27-6 in rookie Allen's 1st road start

Posted September 28, 2018

Their next two plays were an incompletion and an interception.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs caught 4 passes (10 targets) for 17 yards in a 27-6, Week 3 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

"If there were 53 guys in this state that thought we could win the game, they had to be in our room because no one else thought it", then-Redskins head coach Norv Turner said at the time. Though he almost got the score right, it didn't go in his favor. Zimmer said Griffen did not attend the game to take care of a personal matter.

The other reason why the boss didn't sound anxious about his team bouncing back was that he's seen this type of total-breakdown performance before.

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Buffalo shocked Minnesota by scoring 17 points in the first 10 minutes and led 27-0 at halftime, a stark contrast for a Bills team that had been outscored 54-3 in the opening half of its first two losses.

In 2016, with the playoffs still within reach despite a 1-6 stretch coming out of their bye week, the Vikings lost 34-6 at home to Indianapolis. "They have legitimate players at a lot of different positions", Cousins said of the Bills. "I'm glad this happened in September".

Since the National Football League went to a 16-game schedule in 1978, the only other instances of a 17-point underdog emerging as an outright victor occurred that year, when the then-Baltimore Colts upset the New England Patriots, and in 1992, with the New York Jets performing the trick against the Bills.

The Vikings have a big game Thursday against the Rams in Los Angeles.

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Lost in the shuffle of this one-sided show on Sunday was a sack by blitzing linebacker Eric Wilson on Buffalo's third play from scrimmage that would've forced a punt for the Bills from their 24-yard line.

ALLEN AIRBORNE: Allen joined Trent Edwards (Nov. 23, 2008 against Kansas City) as the only Bills quarterbacks to rush for two touchdowns in one game since the 1970 merger. The instant his helmet collided with Allen's, the yellow flag flew into the air.

The Bills marched down the field with the first drive, ending in the first career rushing touchdown for Josh Allen. Or maybe they're not laughably bad; we don't know.

After two missed kicks cost Minnesota (1-1-1) a win in Green Bay last week, the Vikings didn't even get close enough to attempt a field goal until the fourth quarter against the Bills. If the same kind of stage is set next week, there's no reason the Bills can't be 2-2 by the time Sunday night rolls around. Kendricks followed tight end Charles Clay to the flat, where cornerback Mackensie Alexander also arrived. "It looked like he played with a clear mind".

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Buffalo Bills tight end Jason Croom (80) celebrates after catching a 26-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Minneapolis.