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Bills stun Vikings 27-6 in rookie Allen's 1st road start

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback, hustling to give Buffalo an early lead in his first NFL road start.

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

Allen accounted for three touchdowns, making Cousins look like the raw rookie as the Bills beat the Vikings 27-6 on Sunday as 16 1/2-point underdogs.

''This is a tough place to play. That's a good Vikings defense,'' said Allen, who became the first Bills rookie quarterback to record at least one rushing and passing score in his first career road start. ''It just solidifies the trust that I have in my teammates.''

Cousins had three turnovers. He lost a fumble on a third-down sack inside Minnesota's 20-yard line on each of the first two possessions , and Buffalo turned those recoveries into 10 points. 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.

''Great defense, well-coached, great scheme,'' Cousins said. ''They have legitimate players at a lot of different positions.''

The Vikings (1-1-1) allowed the Bills (1-2) to become only the sixth 16-plus-point underdog winner in the NFL's last 81 point spreads of that size. According to ESPN research, the last such winner was Washington over Dallas on Dec. 3, 1995.

''I don't think we took them too lightly,'' Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. ''I think they came out and kicked our butts.''

After being outscored 75-9 over their first six quarters of the season, the Bills have enjoyed a 41-9 advantage over the last six periods.

''We really don't really pay attention to what people think about us,'' linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. ''It's all about internal belief and confidence. If you listen to outside noise, we'd never win a game because nobody respects Buffalo at all. We have to continue to go out and earn that respect.''

Allen certainly earned some with this performance.

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. That included a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide-open tight end Jason Croom .

AIRBORNE ALLEN

Though Allen took three sacks and fumbled three times, the Bills were able to recover all of them. He put together a mini-highlight film with his feet while injured running back LeSean McCoy watched in a sweatsuit - with a big smile - from the sideline.

Allen dived to finish a 10-yard run by beating Anthony Barr to the pylon to finish the game's first drive. Later, on third-and-9, Allen hurdled over Barr to land past the first-down marker. He capped that possession with a 1-yard touchdown leap over the goal line on fourth down for a 24-0 lead early in the second quarter.

''He was decisive early, and that's important,'' coach Sean McDermott said. ''It looked like he played with a clear mind.''

GROUNDED GAME

With running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring) inactive and the score so lopsided, the Vikings set a franchise record for fewest rushing attempts with six. Cousins, who took four sacks, finished 40 for 55 for 296 yards and a late touchdown to Kyle Rudolph .

GOING GREEN

The Vikings inducted the late Dennis Green, who's second behind Bud Grant in winning percentage as a head coach, into their Ring of Honor. Green, who guided the Vikings to the playoffs in eight of his 10 seasons, became the 24th member. The Vikings beat the Bills in all three meetings under Green.

INJURY REPORT

Bills: Beyond McCoy (rib), starting CB Phillip Gaines (elbow) and backup DE Shaq Lawson (hamstring) was inactive. ... Russell Bodine, who started at C for Ryan Groy, left with leg cramps in the third quarter. Groy, who had moved to LG when Vlad Ducasse was injured, shifted back to the middle as Ducasse re-entered. ... CB Ryan Lewis, making his NFL debut in place of Gaines, left with an injury in the fourth quarter. Murphy (ankle) did, too.

Vikings: In addition to Cook and DE Everson Griffen (knee), backup TE David Morgan (knee) and PR Marcus Sherels (ribs) were held out. Griffen was not at the game, and Zimmer said he was dealing with a ''personal matter.'' ... CB Trae Waynes (ankle) left in the first quarter and didn't return. ... RT Rashod Hill (ankle) departed in the second quarter and didn't return.

UP NEXT

Bills: Play at Green Bay next Sunday.

Vikings: Play the Rams in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

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Key Players
J. Allen 17 QB
196 PaYds, PaTD, 39 RuYds, 2 RuTDs
28
FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
296 PaYds, PaTD, INT, 2 RuYds
11
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 2:59
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. K.Cousins pass to K.Rudolph is incomplete. ATTEMPT FAILS.
plays
yds
pos
27
6
Touchdown 2:59
K.Cousins pass short left to K.Rudolph for 4 yards TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the pass completion ruling and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field stands.
13
plays
92
yds
4:20
pos
27
6
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:21
S.Hauschka 50 yard field goal is GOOD Center-R.Ferguson Holder-C.Bojorquez.
8
plays
17
yds
3:46
pos
27
0
Point After TD 12:14
S.Hauschka extra point is GOOD Center-R.Ferguson Holder-C.Bojorquez.
plays
yds
pos
24
0
Touchdown 12:14
M.Newhouse reported in as eligible. J.Allen up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
65
yds
5:45
pos
23
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:09
S.Hauschka extra point is GOOD Center-R.Ferguson Holder-C.Bojorquez.
plays
yds
pos
17
0
Touchdown 5:09
J.Allen pass deep right to J.Croom for 26 yards TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
25
yds
00:48
pos
16
0
Field Goal 7:27
S.Hauschka 30 yard field goal is GOOD Center-R.Ferguson Holder-C.Bojorquez.
4
plays
4
yds
1:57
pos
10
0
Point After TD 10:01
S.Hauschka extra point is GOOD Center-R.Ferguson Holder-C.Bojorquez.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 10:01
J.Allen scrambles left end for 10 yards TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
75
yds
4:59
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 35:45 24:15
1st Downs 16 21
Rushing 7 1
Passing 6 17
Penalty 3 3
3rd Down Conv 4-13 5-14
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 292 292
Total Plays 63 65
Avg Gain 4.6 4.5
Net Yards Rushing 128 14
Rush Attempts 38 6
Avg Rush Yards 3.4 2.3
Net Yards Passing 164 278
Comp. - Att. 15-22 40-55
Yards Per Pass 7.5 5.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-32 4-18
Penalties - Yards 12-84 6-59
Touchdowns 3 1
Rushing TDs 2 0
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 3
Fumbles - Lost 3-0 4-2
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 6-43.2 5-45.2
Return Yards 13 82
Punts - Returns 1-13 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 4-82
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 5/5 0/0
Extra Points 3/3 0/0
Field Goals 2/2 0/0
Red Zone Eff. 2-3 -67% 1-1 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Bills 1-2 17100027
Vikings 1-1-1 00066
164 PASS YDS 278
128 RUSH YDS 14
292 TOTAL YDS 292
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
J. Allen 17 QB
28
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.2% 196 1 0 111.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.7% 515 2 2 76.8
J. Allen 15/22 196 1 0 28
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Ivory 33 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 56 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 66 1
C. Ivory 20 56 0 7 12
J. Allen 17 QB
28
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 39 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 97 2
J. Allen 10 39 2 10 28
M. Murphy 45 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 70 0
M. Murphy 8 33 0 7 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Ivory 33 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 70 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 100 0
C. Ivory 4 3 70 0 55 12
A. Holmes 18 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 29 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 43 0
A. Holmes 4 3 29 0 22 2
K. Benjamin 13 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 29 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 58 1
K. Benjamin 5 3 29 0 12 2
J. Croom 80 TE
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 26 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 51 1
J. Croom 1 1 26 1 26 8
C. Clay 85 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 47 0
C. Clay 3 2 18 0 13 1
Z. Jones 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 106 0
Z. Jones 1 1 17 0 17 1
R. McCloud 14 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 6 0
R. McCloud 1 1 6 0 6 0
M. Murphy 45 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 8 0
M. Murphy 1 1 1 0 1 3
R. Foster 16 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 30 0
R. Foster 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
M. Hyde 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
M. Hyde 7-1 0.0 0 0
T. Edmunds 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-8 0 1.0
T. Edmunds 7-3 0.0 0 0
R. Bush 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-6 0 0.0
R. Bush 6-0 0.0 0 0
T. White 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
T. White 4-0 0.0 0 0
M. Milano 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-7 1 1.0
M. Milano 4-4 1.0 1 0
T. Johnson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
T. Johnson 4-2 0.0 0 0
T. Murphy 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
T. Murphy 2-0 1.0 0 1
R. Lewis 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Lewis 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Poyer 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-8 0 0.0
J. Poyer 2-3 0.0 0 0
K. Williams 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
K. Williams 1-0 1.0 0 0
R. Humber 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
R. Humber 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Yarbrough 54 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
E. Yarbrough 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Hughes 55 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 2.0
J. Hughes 1-0 1.0 0 1
L. Alexander 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 1.0
L. Alexander 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
S. Hauschka 4 K
9
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 3/3
SEASON FG XP
5/6 5/5
S. Hauschka 2/2 50 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Bojorquez 9 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 43.2 5
SEASON NO AVG IN20
19 46.3 10
C. Bojorquez 6 43.2 5 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. McCloud 14 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
R. McCloud 1 13.0 13 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
K. Cousins 8 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.7% 296 1 1 83.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.3% 965 7 2 98.8
K. Cousins 40/55 296 1 1 11
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Boone 44 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 11 0
M. Boone 2 11 0 11 1
K. Cousins 8 QB
11
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 33 0
K. Cousins 2 2 0 2 11
L. Murray 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 62 0
L. Murray 2 1 0 2 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Thielen 19 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
19 14 105 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 32 338 1
A. Thielen 19 14 105 0 19 10
K. Rudolph 82 TE
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 48 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 131 2
K. Rudolph 6 5 48 1 17 10
C. Ham 30 FB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 47 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 47 0
C. Ham 6 5 47 0 17 4
L. Treadwell 11 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 4 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 74 1
L. Treadwell 4 4 33 0 14 3
L. Murray 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 30 0
L. Murray 7 5 30 0 12 3
S. Diggs 14 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 4 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 188 3
S. Diggs 10 4 17 0 7 1
A. Robinson 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 9 0
A. Robinson 1 1 9 0 9 0
T. Conklin 83 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 13 0
T. Conklin 1 1 7 0 7 0
M. Boone 44 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 0 0
M. Boone 1 1 0 0 0 1
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Hunter 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-1 0 3.0
D. Hunter 5-0 1.0 0 0
E. Kendricks 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-8 0 0.0
E. Kendricks 5-2 0.0 0 0
S. Weatherly 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 1.0
S. Weatherly 5-2 1.0 0 0
T. Bower 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
T. Bower 4-2 0.0 0 0
H. Smith 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-4 1 2.0
H. Smith 4-1 1.0 0 1
A. Sendejo 34 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 0.0
A. Sendejo 4-1 0.0 0 0
A. Barr 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-6 0 0.0
A. Barr 4-3 0.0 0 0
L. Joseph 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 0.0
L. Joseph 2-4 0.0 0 0
X. Rhodes 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-0 1 0.0
X. Rhodes 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Richardson 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 1.0
S. Richardson 2-1 0.0 0 0
M. Alexander 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 1.0
M. Alexander 2-1 0.0 0 0
M. Hughes 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 1 0.0
M. Hughes 1-3 0.0 0 0
B. Gedeon 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
B. Gedeon 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Waynes 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
T. Waynes 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Wilson 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
E. Wilson 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Wile 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 51.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
15 46.2 7
M. Wile 5 51.8 1 70
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Hughes 21 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 20.3 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 26.8 46 0
M. Hughes 3 20.3 23 0
A. Robinson 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
A. Robinson 1 21.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Hughes 21 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
M. Hughes 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 BUF 25 4:59 9 75 TD
9:21 MIN 15 1:57 4 4 FG
5:57 MIN 25 0:48 2 25 TD
2:59 BUF 35 5:45 11 65 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:02 MIN 48 3:46 8 17 FG
4:36 BUF 10 3:40 9 40 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:38 BUF 20 2:02 3 -2 Punt
9:24 BUF 34 5:27 8 18 Punt
2:40 BUF 31 2:07 3 8 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:27 BUF 26 4:08 5 7 Punt
2:59 BUF 49 1:06 3 4 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:01 MIN 7 0:40 3 3 Fumble
7:24 MIN 25 1:27 3 0 Fumble
5:09 MIN 25 2:10 5 19 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:14 MIN 8 2:12 3 1 Punt
6:16 MIN 17 1:40 3 3 Punt
0:56 MIN 19 0:56 4 20 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MIN 22 3:22 6 20 Punt
9:36 BUF 42 0:12 2 0 INT
3:57 MIN 5 1:17 4 17 Punt
0:33 MIN 13 4:06 12 61 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:19 MIN 8 4:20 13 92 TD
1:53 MIN 5 1:53 7 76 Game