Weegman: Vikings a super bust vs. Bills

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Minneapolis. At right in a Sept. 16 2018 file

There was plenty to like from the Bills in their 27-6 rout of the Vikings. They are still the better team in every facet of the game and the Bills still appear to be pretty hapless overall.

Another major reason for the Bills' win over Minnesota was because they had nearly nothing to lose.

Wide receiver Adam Thielen called it "butt-whooping".

"It doesn't matter what their record was or our record", Vikings running back Latavius Murray said.

ALLEN AIRBORNE: Allen joined Trent Edwards (Nov. 23, 2008 against Kansas City) as the only Bills quarterbacks to rush for two touchdowns in one game since the 1970 merger.

Allen completed 15 of his 22 passes for 196 yards, but it was on the ground where he did most of the damage as the previously winless Bills pulled off a shock result in Minneapolis. Cousins, who took four sacks, finished 40 for 55 for 296 yards and a late touchdown to Kyle Rudolph. He scrambled for a diving touchdown for the game's first score, snuck 1 yard for another on fourth down, hit wideout Jason Croom for a 26-yard TD strike and generally looked like a quarterback completely comfortable playing against the alleged fearsome defense of the Vikings. The first fumble forced ended in a field goal and a 10-0 lead after Kelvin Benjamin dropped a pass that would have put the Bills on the MIN 1.

Cousins fumbled again on a sack by Jerry Hughes, and Buffalo (1-2) took over at the Vikings' 25.

"Obviously you can't turn the ball over and give their offense a short field", Cousins said.

Spence was dismissed for pulling off Raiders guard Kelechi Osemele's helmet following a scuffle, but the Dolphins recovered from 17-7 down to win 28-20, with Jakeem Grant scoring two touchdowns while Albert Wilson had long-range receiving and passing scores.

"Turnovers never help, and where they turned them over was not good", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "I think a lot of people were underestimating the Buffalo Bills last week". Matt Wile had punts of 31 and 39 yards in the first half. The Bills built a 27-0 lead by midway through the second quarter as the crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium, where the Vikings had won 10 of their last 11 games including the playoffs, began booing with increased intensity.

Buffalo took a 27-0 lead into halftime, but didn't add to it.

The Vikings nearly made history with their futility running the ball. Coming off two embarrassing losses in a row, one short week removed from the weird Vontae Davis situation, on the road in one of the loudest stadiums in football, and then running back LeSean McCoy was ruled out for the game, it seemed Buffalo had absolutely zero shot at even scoring points on Sunday.

Matt Patricia saw his Detroit Lions team overcome his previous employers the New England Patriots 26-10 as the side recorded their first win of the National Football League season. They exited as team that has us asking whether this loss was more disgusting than the 41-doughnut debacle in the 2001 NFC Championship game. "It was probably as poor a first half as I've seen in quite while".

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