Shockingly, Allen and company shut the doubters up and pulled off the NFL's biggest upset since 1995, as they went into Minnesota and absolutely dominated the Minnesota Vikings, 27-6. No NFL team had pulled off a win as such a large underdog, according to multiple reports, since the Washington Redskins shocked the Dallas Cowboys, who were 17.5-point favorites, in December 1995.
This was the eighth time in 67 regular-season games under Zimmer the Vikings have lost by 17 or more points. "So it's embarrassing on our part, the performance that we put forth today, and it's a shame it was here at home in front of our fans". Right now, they don't deserve any respect amongst the league.
Wide receiver Adam Thielen called it "butt-whooping".
"We didn't play like ourselves", Everson Griffen said after the January loss. The Bills ended that streak, storming out to a 27-0 halftime lead behind rookie quarterback Josh Allen and an opportunistic defense.
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. 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.
Cousins especially hurt the Vikings (1-1-1) by losing fumbles on consecutive first-half possessions. After looking over the games, he saw the Buffalo Bills matched up against the Minnesota Vikings. I could spin zone this to say that this would have given the Vikings the ball back, the offense could have driven down the field and someone could have scored to get out to a 7-0 lead.
Cousins fumbled again on a sack by Jerry Hughes, and Buffalo (1-2) took over at the Vikings' 25.
"I have not lost faith in this football team, but it just shows you every week is a new week", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "But the defense has to come out and stop them".