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Bills and Allen shock the Vikings to pick up 1st win of the season

Buffalo's defense forced three turnovers

ROCHESTER - Just like we all expected, right?

The Bills went into Minnesota as 16 and a half point underdog and dominated the Vikings from the coin toss.

Led by rookie Josh Allen, the Bills raced out to a 27-0 halftime lead and never looked back in their 27-6 victory over the Vikings.

Getting the start in his first true road game, Allen looked polished in the pocket, completing 15-of-23 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown. All but 20 of those passing yards came in the first half.  With star running back LeSean McCoy (ribs) inactive, Allen also added 32 yards on the ground and two scores.

Heading into the game, Tre White said the defense was "going to keep chopping that wood," and added "it'll start turning around for us."

The second year cornerback was right.  

The Bills defense returned to its dominant 2017 form, forcing three turnovers, which included two forced fumbles and an interception against Kirk Cousins.

They also didn't allow the Vikings to cross midfield until the second half.

Allen and the Bills set the tone early and silenced the crowd by marching 75 yards on their opening drive. The rookie capped it off with a 10-yard rushing touchdown.

Leading 10-0 after a Stephen Hauschka field goal and back on the move, Allen connected with Jason Croom for a 26-yard score to give Buffalo a 17-0 lead. 

Before the quarter was over, Allen hurdled a Viking linebacker to pick up a third and nine with a ten yard run. As the second quarter began, Allen snuck into the end zone on 4th and goal from the one to make it 24-0.

A field goal on the next drive closed the Bills scoring and sealed the biggest upset, based on the Vegas line, since 1995. 

"We really don't really pay attention to what people think about us," linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. "It's all about internal belief and confidence. If you listen to outside noise, we'd never win a game because nobody respects Buffalo at all. We have to continue to go out and earn that respect."

 

 

 

After leaping over linebacker Anthony Barr to keep the chains moving on 3rd down, Allen connected with running back Chris Ivory on a swing pass for 55 yards, setting up the Bills with first and goal.

Six plays later, Allen would leap over the goal line on 4th down to give Buffalo a 24-0 lead.

The Vikings would avoid being shutout at home for the first time since 1962 with a touchdown passes with three minutes to play in the game.

The Bills are back on the road next week when they travel to Green Bay to face the Packers.


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