Bills Pull off Biggest NFL Upset Since 1995 With Win Over Vikings

Tanya Simon
September 24, 2018

Seemed like an easy payday with the Buffalo Bills getting blown out 47-3 in Week 1, and a player retiring at half time in Week 2.

The Bills did, in fact, arrive in Minnesota Saturday morning to prepare for their Sunday game against the Minnesota Vikings, but the team's Twitter account posted a video showing their travels ending somewhere in southwest Wisconsin instead.

That's because Buffalo's front seven, with former Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier serving as defensive coordinator, overwhelmed Minnesota's offensive line.

Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback for the Buffalo Bills by accounting for three touchdowns in his first road start in the NFL. Credit an impressive performance from Sean McDermott's defense but make sure to credit Allen as well. "That's Josh, man. He's dope", safety Micah Hyde said. That was a huge play. Not only was Buffalo starting a rookie quarterback in Josh Allen, but the Bills were doing so without the help of their best offensive player (LeSean McCoy) behind a awful offensive line and against a top-three defense in the National Football League on the road in one of the hardest places to play.

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It was 17-0 by the end of the first quarter, a period that included Allen pulling off a Cam Newton-like leap over another huge human, hurdling Barr while running in the open field.

The performance likely sparked memories for Beane of a Wyoming win last November over Colorado State in which Allen led the Cowboys in both passing (138 yards) and rushing (60 yards).

"I know his agent was wanting him to play a series or two and get out because everyone is fearing injury", Beane recalled in June. He is 10-for-16 for 139 yards and a touchdown as of this writing, with another 29 rushing yards and two more scores on the ground.

Allen, the seventh overall pick in the draft out of Wyoming who took the job earlier than expected in relief of a struggling Nathan Peterman in the opener, completed 15 of 22 passes for 196 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide-open tight end Jason Croom.

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