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Vikes concerned about DE Griffen's well-being

The Vikings said they are concerned about the well-being of defensive end Everson Griffen, who did not play in Week 3 and was listed on the injury report Monday.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Statement from Vikings GM Rick Spielman regarding Everson Griffen: "We are aware of the situation involving Everson Griffen and certainly concerned by what we have heard. We are currently focused on Everson's well-being and providing the appropriate support for him and his family."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Everson Griffen listed as DNP during Monday's practice (the team didn't actually practice, this is just a simulation of what the injury report would have been) for knee/non injury related. Trae Waynes was set to have an MRI on his ankle today, per Mike Zimmer, and was a limited participant. Riley Reiff a new addition this week with a foot injury, did not practice along with Dalvin Cook (hamstring), Marcus Sherels (ribs),

Berry says still start your Vikings fantasy studs (0:54)

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Stephen Weatherly on games like Green Bay taking more of a mental toll than others because of the hard-fought comeback and whether they take more time to wear off: "Honestly I feel like in some situations it is. But that's just something we as a team have to work on and get used to, really implementing that 24 hour rule and moving forward, and so you can go ahead and have more success and more victories. Hopefully you can celebrate the biggest win in February."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Hughes discussed the benefit he and Mackenise Alexander have with Terence Newman on the sideline as a coach and how the young corners are able to receive instant feedback on their play in the slot. "Every time we come off the field, there's something that he critiques us on," Hughes said. "Even if we make a good play, there's always something to get better on. That's what he's been doing. You can't do anything but listen, be a sponge and try to take everything in and try to be coachable." Hughes credits a 'miscommunication' on the 26-yard touchdown to Jared Croom after he raised his hand pre-snap, anticipating a swing play from Josh Allen before he bit on the screen fake, thus allowing Croom to run untouched to the end zone. "There's a certain check that we make when a play like that occurs," Hughes said. "I made a check and it was just a miscommunication. Nothing that they did. It was all on us.”

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Rudolph points out the commonalities Vikings have encountered in stunning losses, noting the outcomes against the Colts in 2016 and vs. Philly in the NFC championship: "Unfortunately, you go back and look at the last three years of football that we played. We've done this once a year. Go back a couple of Decembers ago, we had a chance of making the playoffs. Then the Indianapolis Colts come in here and kick our butts. Last year in the NFC Championship game, everyone knows what happened. One thing for us is that it happened in September. We're going to learn from it, this could be the best thing for us. We have a really young and talented team, but we can't just roll the ball out there and expect to win. I think a lot of people were underestimating the Buffalo Bills this week."

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Playing from behind from the start, the Vikings dropped back to pass on 60 of their 65 offensive plays (92%), the highest dropback percentage for any team in the last 10 seasons. Kirk Cousins averaged 5.4 yards per attempt, the fewest by a QB that completed at least 70 percent of his passes in a game since Ryan Tannehill in Week 11 of 2016 (5.1). Part of the reason is that 38 of Cousins' 55 attempts traveled 5 yards or fewer downfield, the second-most such attempts by a QB in the last 10 seasons, per ESPN Stats and Information.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Jerry Hughes had 15 pressures against the Vikings today, per NFL Next Gen Stats. That's the highest number of pressures in a game of any player in the last three seasons. Joey Bosa had the next most with 13 in Week 10 in 2017 against the Jaguars.

Cousins on what jumps out from loss: 'The turnovers' (0:47)
Zimmer on Bills: 'They came out and kicked our butts' (0:43)

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

A camera from WROC captured Bills CB Tre'Davious White walking through the tunnel at U.S. Bank Stadium saying, "You like that?!" after Sunday's upset, 27-6 win over the Vikings. Asked about the reference to Kirk Cousins' famous clip from his days with the Redskins, White said, "It's the first win of 2018 for the Buffalo Bills, so of course, it's a big deal. Like I said, y'all like that? Y'all like that, huh?”

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Bills stun Vikings 27-6 in rookie Allen's 1st road start

Josh Allen played with the poise of a well-seasoned quarterback for the Buffalo Bills by accounting for three touchdowns in his first road start in the NFL. Allen made Minnesota's Kirk Cousins look like the raw rookie in a stunning 27-6 upset of the...

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2dDavid Purdum

Bills (+17) pull off largest NFL upset in 23 years

The Bills, who closed as consensus 17-point underdogs to the previously unbeaten Vikings, on Sunday pulled off the biggest NFL upset in 23 years, routing Minnesota 27-6.

Cousins commits 3 turnovers in blowout loss to Bills (1:00)

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

FPI gave the Bills a 9.2% chance to win today. If Buffalo does win, it would be the largest FPI upset since the Bucs beat the Saints in Week 16 of 2009 (7.5%) and the fourth-largest upset in the history of NFL FPI game predictions, which date back to 2008.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills shocked the Vikings by opening a 27-0 point halftime lead on the road Sunday despite closing as 17-point underdogs to Minnesota. The Vikings gained only 46 first-half yards, the fewest first-half yards allowed by Buffalo since Cleveland had 2 against them in 2004. Josh Allen has capitalized on the defense's success in his first road start by rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for a third. A win by Buffalo would be the first by at least a 17-point underdog since the Redskins beat the Cowboys in 1995 as 17.5-point underdogs.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Every possible thing that could have gone awry for the Vikings in the first half did, starting with 30 yards of penalties on the Bills opening TD drive. Minnesota trails Buffalo 27-0 at halftime after opening the game as 17-point favorites. The Vikings have a total of 46 yards on offense, two first downs and were 1-6 on 3rd down. Minnesota's defense gave up 8.3 yards per pass to Josh Allen in his 2nd career start, missed countless tackles and left Jason Croom and Chris Ivory wide open for big gains.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes injured his ankle on a near interception in the first quarter and is doubtful to return. Mike Hughes filled in for Waynes at left cornerback when he went out.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings inactives: RB Dalvin Cook, DE Everson Griffen, TE David Morgan, CB Marcus Sherels, QB Kyle Sloter, DT Jalyn Holmes, OL Bryan Witzmann

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Before the game, Josh Donaldson told us about all the work he has been doing with Dr. Josh Sandell, a pioneering sports medicine specialist who works for the Minnesota Vikings and follows a multidimensional, systematic approach to treating orthopedic injuries. He met Dr. Sandell through who he called his "good friend" Arizona's WR Larry Fitzgerald. Donaldson told me he feels 100 percent healthy and that it was something that truly changed his rehab process. He has also changed some aspects of his workout routine and nutrition. "Two days after I saw (Dr. Sandell), that was the first time I was able to start running, and I ran my longest distance while accelerating probably without any pain."

Team Stats

Passing Yards305.7Tied-4th
Rushing Yards66.031st
Points For19.7Tied-22nd
Points Against24.017th

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2018 Draft Picks

RD(PK)PLAYERPOSSCHOOL
1(30)Mike HughesCBUCF
2(30)Brian O'NeillOTPittsburgh
4(2)Jalyn HolmesDEOhio State
5(20)Tyler ConklinTECentral Michigan
5(30)Daniel CarlsonPKAuburn
6(39)Colby GossettOGAppalachian State
6(44)Ade ArunaDETulane
7(7)Devante DownsILBCalifornia