Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

5 reasons why the Bills pulled off the upset in Minnesota

5 reasons why the Bills pulled off the upset in Minnesota

The Bills possessed the ball for 35:45 on Sunday.

In 2014, after beating Atlanta handily in quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's first National Football League start, the Vikings lost 42-10 at Green Bay four days later with an injured Bridgewater held out.

Allen accounted for three touchdowns, making Cousins look like the raw rookie as the Bills beat the Vikings 27-6 on Sunday as 16½-point underdogs.

"I was trusting my feet, trusting my gut", Allen said. "It was a big play, but it was just another first down".

"He was decisive early, and that's important", coach Sean McDermott said.

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There was a third penalty in stoppage-time, but Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny saved Daniel Parejo's kick to preserve the 2-0 win.

"There was a lot of uncharacteristic things, especially defensively, and when you see guys running free down the field, that never happens", defensive tackle Tom Johnson said.

Micah Hyde jumped off the bench. "I think they came out and kicked our butts". That was a huge play. Still, it was a more than welcome result for a squad widely mocked last week after Bills cornerback Vontae Davis abruptly retired at halftime during a home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Later, on third-and-9, Allen hurdled over Barr to land past the first-down marker. Allen, who opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run, added a 1-yard run in the second quarter for a 24-0 lead. This is the type of game that can wake a team up, or have the season spiral out of control.

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). Philadelphia attacked Minnesota downfield and routinely reverted to that strategy to send itself to the Super Bowl.

"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.

Ivory also chipped in on the receiving end, as he also lead the team in receiving with three catches for 70 yards, including a 55-yard scamper that lead to a Josh Allen touchdown. The Vikings netted 14 rush yards all game on a mere six attempts, and their long gain of the game was 17 yards.

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