Injured Griffen isn't at Vikings' loss against Bills because of "personal matter"

Posted September 24, 2018

Fumbles on consecutive possessions by Cousins led to Bills recoveries, and they pushed the lead to 17-0. "We actually play in the other Minnesota", the Vikings tweeted out. On offense, defense, and special teams, the Bills easily outperformed the Vikings this week in every aspect of the game of football.

The Minnesota Vikings, a team that was in the championship game a year ago, playing at home, against a Buffalo Bills team that has looked awful through the first two weeks, took one of the most inexplicable and worst losses possible.

Minutes after the opening kickoff in a game in which the Minnesota Vikings came in as 17-point favorites over the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota began its course of crashing and burning as things unraveled in the worst possible way in a 27-6 loss. That capped off an 11 play drive that started in the first quarter. Expect head coach Mike Zimmer - who could feel some serious heat after this one - to be pretty angry with how this shocker unfolded. In Allen's second career start, the Vikings made him look like a Pro Bowl talent. 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 hurdled Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr on a run for a first down, and took a solid hit as he completed the run.

Though Allen took three sacks and fumbled three times, the Bills were able to recover all of them.

At least the third-quarter interception by Cousins wasn't his fault. Costly penalties on special teams hurt the Vikings in the field-position game.

During halftime, the late Dennis Green was inducted into the Vikings' Ring of Honor. CB Trae Waynes (ankle) left in the first quarter and didn't return. Were they caught looking ahead to their big Week 4 showdown against the Los Angeles Rams?