Las Vegas also shocked by Vikings' pathetic performance against Bills

It is legitimately hard to remember a more unexpected outcome in a professional football game.

After looking like easily the worst team in the National Football League through two weeks, Josh Allen and the Bills flipped the script against the NFC contenders.

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

They aren't who we thought they were.

As such, the Bills were 16.5-point underdogs at the close of the day - the line was as large as 17 at some books during the week - which is about as high as you'll ever see in the NFL.

So how did Buffalo pull it off?

Allen said Sean McDermott loved the effort, as did others on the sideline. He was aided by a pair of bonehead penalties from Linval Joseph and Anthony Barr, but he sealed the deal with an outstanding sprint to the corner of the end zone that put the Bills on board first.

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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.

Cousins had three turnovers, including a lost fumble on a third-down sack inside Minnesota's 20-yard line, on each of the first two possessions. The pass rush was relentless at the start of the game with Jerry Hughes sacking Kirk Cousins and forcing another fumble that the Bills recovered. I think I was on the field trying to dap him up. Good work by Allen going through his reads and then hitting the open man - Minnesota might have been trying to jump a screen pass and Allen wasn't having it. Allen and the offense had to settle for a field goal and a 10-0 lead.

Credit the Bills for not slowing down the way a lot of teams might in this position. Turns out the defense was just getting started.

What about scoring only 6 points as a big favorite?

Allen would finish 15-of-22 for 196 yards and a touchdown, and he also added two rushing touchdowns. Minnesota didn't have a running game to lean on either.

That Vikings team finished 8-8.

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