The Vikings needed a 4-yard touchdown pass from Cousins to Rudolph with 2:59 left in the game to avoid their first shutout since 2007. Beane made note of that game when explaining to reporters this summer his decision to trade up for Allen, while also praising Allen for his approach to the Senior Bowl, a game in January that top quarterback prospects sometimes skip. "They have legitimate players at a lot of different positions", Cousins said of the Bills.
"You see that hurdle?" The pass rush has been able to negate what on paper was supposed to be a significant mismatch for the Vikings to take advantage of.
It can be argued that the backbone of this team hasn't played the same dating to the second half of the NFC divisional playoffs, when Minnesota allowed the Saints to charge back from a 17-0 deficit.
Don't be surprised if the Buffalo Bills show up late for their game Sunday. On the Bills' second touchdown, a 26-yard pass from Josh Allen to Jason Croom, the second-year tight end lined up like he was about to block and blew right past Hughes down the sideline.
The Vikings avoided getting shut out at home for the first time since 1962.
The Vikings (1-1-1) allowed the Bills (1-2) to become only the sixth 16-plus-point underdog victor in the NFL's last 81 point spreads of that size.
"Turnovers never help, and where they turned them over was not good", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
Wide receiver Adam Thielen called it "butt-whooping". Ivory was the game's leading rusher, accumulating 56 rushing yards on 20 carries. We could say the Linval Joseph roughing the passer call on the first drive set the tone for the day. That led to Allen's 1-yard run.
The Redskins were quarterbacked by Heath Shuler, the third overall pick in the 2014 draft who played only four National Football League seasons.
Miscommunication issues are to blame for a handful of those plays in Weeks 1-3, leading to opposing players running free between linebackers and cornerbacks.
The combined margin of victory for the underdogs in those previous five big upsets was 27 points, and all of them were one-score games.