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Marcus Newton
September 25, 2018

Covered the 49ers, Raiders and Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News.

The Buffalo Bills jumped on the back of Josh Allen on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings and rode him to a 27-6 victory.

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. What an absolute embarrassment of a game by a Super Bowl 'contender'. The Bills turned the Vikings into the exact type of team Mike Zimmer doesn't want them to be. He settled nearly exclusively for safe underneath or sideline throws, but took advantage of several broken coverages by the Vikings for chain-moving gains. Minnesota also said goodbye to two key veterans in Brian Robison and Terence Newman.

A textbook three-and-out for Zimmer's defense against an uninspiring offense. Allen completed 15 of 22 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown and ran for two TDs.

The Vikings avoided getting shut out at home for the first time since 1962.

With a boost from an illegal block penalty by the Buffalo Bills during a punt, the Minnesota Vikings finally crossed midfield with 9:36 left in the third quarter.

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

Near the sideline, Allen threw back across his body to the middle for running back Chris Ivory and a 55-yard completion. "It was a big play, but it was just another first down".

Allen emerged from the leaping finish to his 10-yard run unscathed.

That didn't seem to bode well for the Bills' starting quarterback, Josh Allen, the draft's No. 7 overall pick who was making his second start.

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.

On the last play of the first quarter, Allen was forced out of the pocket by Danielle Hunter on a play-action pass on second-and-17. Players insisted they weren't taking the Bills lightly while looking ahead to the next game. "We executed a little bit better today".

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