Vikings troll Bills for misidentifying Minnesota

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

Josh Allen is the fifth rookie quarterback since 1995 to win straight up as a two-touchdown underdog, and the first since Joe Webb led the Minnesota Vikings to a win over Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010.

And mocked Kirk Cousins was on Sunday after the Minnesota Vikings' stunning 27-6 home loss to the Buffalo Bills, the biggest National Football League upset in more than 25 years.

But I'd rank this one as the most unlikely massive upset, in both point spread and margin of defeat, arguably in the last 40 years. He channeled Kirk Cousins' "you like that" celebration as he ran through the tunnel at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Vikings had two first downs at the half to 13 for the Bills.

Buffalo's 21-point win over Minnesota is also the second-largest victory by a double-digit dog since 2003.

Minnesota began Sunday by allowing the Bills offense to march 75 yards down the field for a touchdown.

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At the end of the first quarter on third-and-9, Allen sprinted straight up the middle out of a collapsed pocket and hurdled Barr 2 yards short of the marker to get the first down.

There have been other lowlights during the Zimmer era - a 34-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in December 2016 comes to mind - but in that case it came during a season in which the Vikings had fallen apart after a 5-0 start and the fact was that team just gave up. The Vikings finished with 14 rushing yards and three turnovers, all by Cousins.

The Vikings came back from a fourth quarter deficit last week against the Green Bay Packers, so all is not lost.

The Vikings don't have much time to recover from Sunday's debacle.

The 0-2 Bills are off to a rough start in 2018, and are expected to be in tough against the undefeated Vikings. They will travel to Los Angeles to play the Rams on Thursday night, September 27.

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