Rolls abounded as snow fell on the field in Buffalo in the first half between the Vikings and the Bills, with the home side taking a 24-10 halftime lead. Josh Allen, whose status was on hold all week due to his elbow injury, started. Allen was able to avoid big hits and turnovers early, completing 14 of 18 passes in the first half for 136 yards and a touchdown, while adding an additional 46 yards rushing on three rushes in his 64th straight start.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins displayed a slippery foot in the first 30 minutes, falling backwards while attempting to throw the football to running back Dalvin Cook, a fumble which the running back recovered , as well as his interception on a knockdown in the middle for wide receiver KJ Osborn.
Minnesota walked the field with ease to start, scoring an opening touchdown after six plays, which last wide receiver Justin Jefferson got a through pass for 22 yards. However, the Vikings failed to get things done in the red zone the vast majority of the first half. Minnesota scored an opening goal for the two from Buffalo, but they ended up settling for a 27-yard field goal, courtesy of an offensive pass interference penalty on tight end TJ Hockenson. Cousins finished the half with 143 passing yards, the opening score and an interception while completing 12 of 21 pass attempts.
Bills running back Devin Singletary had one of the best games of his career early on, rushing for 33 yards and two touchdowns — tied for his career high in a single game — on his first six carries. However, his final three carries of the half were just eight yards and included a lost fumble. The key halftime streak came when the Vikings opted to pass their plays on third and fourth downs after the Bills’ two-minute warning from 28, both leading to incompleteness, resulting in a turnover on downs when a placement could have been easily had. Allen, shaking off his pre-game elbow injury worries, ran 25 yards to restart training. Four plays later, Buffalo was in the end zone via Allen’s arm at wide receiver Gabe Davis for an 11-yard score that earned them two touchdowns, 24-10, with 32 seconds left in the half. .
The Vikings will start the second half with the ball with a chance to come back in a score, so stay locked in to our coverage of this Week 10 showdown between two of the NFL’s winningest teams for all updates and real-time analytics!