Plays: Why the Vikings Lost to the Bills

Elena Summers
September 25, 2018

The Bills ended that streak, storming out to a 27-0 halftime lead behind rookie quarterback Josh Allen and an opportunistic defense. He channeled Kirk Cousins' "you like that" celebration as he ran through the tunnel at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Thank you for signing up for the Sunrise Newsletter. Allen continued to show athleticism and growing confidence you look for in a seventh overall pick making his first National Football League road start in a very loud stadium. "They were able to hit us in some spots that we were unfamiliar with, not being in those types of positions, so they took advantage of it".

Allen made a tremendous hurdle over Anthony Barr for 10 yards on a 3rd-and-9 and later stiff-armed Barr on a run in the red zone on which Barr was flagged for a horsecollar.

Josh Allen caps an 11-play 65-yard drive by going over the top and extending the ball for a touchdown and a 24-0 lead. Linebacker Matt Milano had a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery.

In addition, the Bills authored the largest comeback win in history, overcoming a 32-point deficit to defeat the Houston Oilers in a 1993 wild-card playoff game.

Let's get into the five plays that were the reason for the Vikings demise.

The Buffalo Bills might not even know where the state of Minnesota is located on a map, but they sure knew how to put together a plan on Sunday to pull off the most shocking upset in the last decade or so.

Bills: Beyond McCoy (rib) and Gaines (elbow), backup DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) was inactive. Russell Bodine, who started at C for Ryan Groy, left with leg cramps in the third quarter. Murphy (ankle) did, too.

The performance, which came without the injured running back Dalvin Cook and defensive end Everson Griffen, will lead to questions about the Vikings' readiness. The Vikings offense didn't cross midfield until the second half and didn't get on the scoreboard until there were under three minutes left to play in the game. Did the Vikings just completely look past the Bills to Thursday's matchup against the Rams?

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