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Rick Weegman column: Vikings a super bust vs. Bills

Rick Weegman column: Vikings a super bust vs. Bills

He lost a fumble on a third-down sack inside Minnesota's 20-yard line on each of the first two possessions, and Buffalo turned those recoveries into 10 points.

All signs pointed to a pretty steep challenge in Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings.

Buffalo stormed out to an early 17-0 lead in the first quarter on Sunday and never looked back.

The 0-2 Bills are off to a rough start in 2018, and are expected to be in tough against the undefeated Vikings.

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The first half was so bad one couldn't fault fans if they were hoping running time applied in National Football League games. Two plays later Josh Allen hit Jason Croom for a 26-yard touchdown and a 17-0 lead.

In the process, Allen became the latest young quarterback to breathe new life into a team after electrifying efforts by Cleveland's Baker Mayfield and Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes this season. Minnesota is a really hard place to play and Allen made it look easy on a 75-yard touchdown drive to start the game. He put together a mini-highlight film with his feet while injured running back LeSean McCoy watched in a sweatsuit - with a big smile - from the sideline. Allen's 10-yard rushing touchdown was the longest by a Bills quarterback since Taylor's 12-yard-run in Oakland in Week 13, 2016, and it was the first rushing touchdown allowed by the Vikings this season. No, he took flight, hurdling Barr on his way to a first down. "He's having a personal matter and I'm going to leave it at that", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.

Murray started in place of Dalvin Cook, out with a hamstring injury. Costly penalties on special teams hurt the Vikings in the field-position game. Russell Bodine, who started at C for Ryan Groy, left with leg cramps in the third quarter.

The Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings both suffered losses on Sunday, but they came in very different ways.

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