"We really don't really pay attention to what people think about us", linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. I could spin zone this to say that this would have given the Vikings the ball back, the offense could have driven down the field and someone could have scored to get out to a 7-0 lead.
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. Minnesota is a really hard place to play and Allen made it look easy on a 75-yard touchdown drive to start the game.
Nine plays, 75 yards and 4:59 off the game clock - that's the sort of opening salvo you need when you walk into the lion's den and try to pull off an upset. Credit an impressive performance from Sean McDermott's defense but make sure to credit Allen as well.
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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. "It looked like he played with a clear mind".
With running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring) inactive and the score so lopsided, the Vikings set a franchise record for fewest rushing attempts with six. Allen was 4/5 for 34-yards on the drive. Groy, who had moved to LG when Vlad Ducasse was injured, shifted back to the middle as Ducasse re-entered.
The Vikings also were without defensive end Everson Griffen (knee), cornerback Marcus Sherels (rib) and tight end David Morgan (knee). But at 1-1-1, having been outscored by 13 points in those three games (two at home), they have a lot of work to do. They will travel to Green Bay next Sunday to face the Packers. In particular, they'll be asked if they overlooked the Bills in favor of focusing on their Week Four Thursday night game against the Rams.