No one gave the 0-2 Buffalo Bills much of a chance against the Vikings on Sunday, including Vegas, who had the Bills as a 16.5-point underdog, but that’s why they play the game.
Behind a strong performance from Bills rookie QB Josh Allen(15-22, 196 yards, 1 TD, 2 more on the ground) and a stout defense, Buffalo routed the Vikings 27-6 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
According to Bills OT Dion Dawkins, being 16-point underdogs motivated Buffalo:
“No one thought that we were going to come in here and play the way that we did, except the people in this locker room now,” Dawkins said. “We can into the game fueled and ready to play.”
At one point, Buffalo was up 27-0 and kept the Vikings out of the end zone until late in the game.
Bills S Micah Hyde knows when you lose the first two games the way the Bills have, that everyone will doubt you:
“They pick against us every week. If we won the first two games, I would have said the same thing, but unfortunately we didn’t,” Bills S Micah Hyde told reporters after the game. “It’s the Buffalo Bills, everyone doubts us, and they will continue to doubt us. We just have to put the work in and continue to do what we do. We know we are capable of doing, this is an example what we just did, and we need to just keep trying to do better.”
At 1-2, maybe this is the game that saves the season for the Bills and propels this team to bigger things, or perhaps it was just aberration. I guess we’ll find out in the next few weeks.