Already leading the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 17-0, the Buffalo Bills were in a position to add even more, as they started the quarter at the Minnesota 6-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Josh Allen miscommunicated with one of his running backs, causing a fumble that bounced all the way back to the 18-yard line. However, when it looked like the Vikings might be gaining some momentum, Anthony Barr was flagged for a horse-collar tackle on Josh Allen to give the Bills a fresh set of downs. Buffalo got themselves down to a 4th-and-goal inside the Minnesota 1, and Allen went over the top of the pile for a touchdown. Steven Hauschka added another extra point, and suddenly the Bills were ahead by a score of 24-0.
Minnesota started deep in their own territory again after another penalty on a kickoff return, setting up shop at their own 8-yard line. Minnesota’s offense, once again, managed to get nothing done, as Cousins was sacked by Kyle Williams on a 3rd-and-1 play. Matt Wile came in to punt the ball away, and the Bills started out another drive in great field position, this time at the Minnesota 48-yard line.
Buffalo added to their lead on the next possession, as the Bills got themselves into position for Hauschka to attempt a 50-yard field goal, and he put it straight down the middle to increase the Buffalo lead to 27-0.
Aldrick Robinson handled the ensuing kick return for the Vikings, and he get the ball to the 17-yard line for Minnesota’s next possession. Once again, Minnesota went three-and-out, and Wile got the Vikings’ first highlight of the first half with a 70-yard punt to pin the Bills deep for the first time since their opening possession.
The Bills got to near midfield on their final possession of the first half, and the Vikings got one more possession on which they did nothing before the gun at halftime.
There isn’t really much that you can say here, folks. The Vikings are getting absolutely decimated in every phase of the game by a team that there were a 17-point favorite over going into today’s action. What is there that can be said?
We’re here for the rest of the game, though. Minnesota does get the ball to start the second half, which is. . .well, which is something, I guess.