Upset! Josh Allen leads Bills to unexpected win

Bills stun Vikings with 27-6 victory

September 23, 2018 - 4:28 pm
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Minneapolis, MN (WBEN) The Buffalo Bills looked every bit the underdog as they went into Minnesota Sunday but wound up stunning the Vikings and their fans by upending the hometown favorite 27-6. The Bills were 0-2 entering the game and were also without running back, LeSean McCoy (rib injury) but the defense and rookie quarterback, Josh Allen played key roles in securing the first win of the year.

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Allen led the team to a score on the first drive of the game, aided by a pair of Minnesota penalties, the drive capped by an 11 yard run by Allen who lunged for the pylon and got the touchdown. The defense then kicked it into high gear with a sack of Vikings’ quarterback, Kirk Cousins and forcing a fumble. The offense was able to generate a field goal to increase their lead to 10-0.

On the next Vikings’ drive, Jerry Hughes got another sack on Cousins, forcing and recovering a fumble and Allen and company were back in business. A few plays later, Allen found a wide open Jason Croom and it was apparent it was the Bills’ day. The Defense was able to hold on the next Minnesota drive and Allen showed some impressive running skills and then found Chris Ivory for 55 yards on a drive that Allen capped with a one-yard leap into the end zone.

After starting the second half with a 27-0 lead, the Bills offense played a bit more conservatively but the defense kept the Vikings on the ropes, not allowing them a score until late in the fourth quarter. Allen finished the day 15 of 22 for 196 yards and the score. He also added 39 yards on the ground and the two scores. Defensively, the Bills had four sacks, countless pressures, an interception and two fumble recoveries in the win.

INJURY REPORT

Bills: Beyond McCoy (rib) and Gaines (elbow), backup DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) was inactive. ... C Russell Bodine, who started in place of Ryan Groy, limped off with leg cramps in the third quarter. Groy, who had moved to LG when Vlad Ducasse left with an injury, shifted back to the middle as Ducasse re-entered. ... Lewis left with an injury in the fourth quarter, as did Murphy (ankle).

Vikings: In addition to Cook and DE Everson Griffen (knee), backup TE David Morgan (knee) and PR Marcus Sherels (ribs) were held out. ... CB Trae Waynes (ankle) left the game in the first quarter and did not return. ... RT Rashod Hill (ankle) limped off in the second quarter and was replaced by rookie Brian O'Neill.

UP NEXT

Bills: Play at Green Bay next Sunday.

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