Bills rookie QB Josh Allen hurdles Vikings as part of shocking upset

Ross Houston
September 24, 2018

The Vikings were -2000 on the money line (that is, the odds of them simply winning outright), which meant every $100 bet would net you a strong $5.

The win lifts Buffalo to 1-2 on the season.

But I'd rank this one as the most unlikely massive upset, in both point spread and margin of defeat, arguably in the last 40 years.


Instead, the Vikings will arrive in Los Angeles with a 1-1-1 record and serious questions about just how good they are or what direction they are headed.

Not only did the Vikings lose on their home turf, their only score was a late touchdown with the game decided.

Allen would finish 15-of-22 for 196 yards and a touchdown, and he also added two rushing touchdowns. It's possible he is a Madden computer-created simulation player and that's why the Vikings chose to completely ignore him on the field.


Buffalo dominated from the get-go, surging ahead to a 17-0 lead with five minutes left in the opening quarter.

Those are the two words (fit for a website read by people of all ages) that best describe a 16.5-point home favorite embarrassing itself with a completely inept performance against an National Football League bottom-feeder starting a rookie quarterback. Buffalo didn't score in the second half, but the Bills didn't need to; the defense completely shut down Cousins (40/55 for 296 yards, one pick, two fumbles and a garbage-time touchdown) and even managed to mock him on the way out. Minnesota didn't have a running game to lean on either. Without Dalvin Cook on the field, Minnesota finished Sunday with a whopping 14 rushing yards.

It was really just a sign of things to come for Minnesota on Sunday.


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