Bills dominate Vikings in first win of the season — GAME RECAP

Arnold Nichols
September 24, 2018

No matter what odds site you use (for entertainment purposes only, of course), the Buffalo Bills were the biggest underdog on the NFL's Week 3 slate by a good margin.

Then, the Bills turned their defense loose on Kirk Cousins and delivered a stunningly lopsided victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Buffalo dominated from the get-go, surging ahead to a 17-0 lead with five minutes left in the opening quarter. On offense, defense, and special teams, the Bills easily outperformed the Vikings this week in every aspect of the game of football. According to Vegas Insider, Los Angeles opened as seven-point favorites over the Vikings for Thursday night. Later, on third-and-9, Allen hurdled over Barr to land past the first-down marker. 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. Josh Allen looked like a seasoned veteran in his second career start, completing 15 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown. They came into Sunday without the services of LeSean McCoy. Allen's 10-yard rushing touchdown was the longest by a Bills quarterback since Taylor's 12-yard-run in Oakland in Week 13, 2016, and it was the first rushing touchdown allowed by the Vikings this season. Costly penalties on special teams hurt the Vikings in the field-position game.

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With running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring) inactive and the score so lopsided, the Vikings set a franchise record for fewest rushing attempts with six.

At least the third-quarter interception by Cousins wasn't his fault. The line was 16.5 or 17 points pretty much everywhere, and the Vikings seemed to play it cautious with a couple key players' injuries as they face a short week in Week 4.

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