The first half between the Vikings and the Bills in Buffalo was snowed in, with the home team leading 24-10. Josh Allen, whose status was up in the air all week due to his elbow injury, got the start. Allen was able to avoid big hits and turnovers early, completing 14 of his 18 first-half passes for 136 yards and a touchdown, while adding 46 more yards on the ground thanks to three scrambles in his 64th consecutive start.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins showed a slippery footing in the first 30 minutes, falling backwards while trying to pitch the football back to Dalvin Cook, who was recovered by the running back, as well as his interception on a throw over the middle by wide receiver KJ Osborne.
Minnesota got down the field easily to start, scoring an opening-drive touchdown six plays later, the last of which wide receiver Justin Jefferson caught a deep pass for a 22-yard score. However, the Vikings couldn’t get going in the red zone for much of the first half. Minnesota had first-and-goal from the Buffalo duo, but they settled for a 27-yard field goal, thanks to an offensive pass interference penalty on tight end TJ Hockenson. Cousins finished the half with 143 passing yards, the opening drive score and an interception while completing 12 of his 21 pass attempts.
Bills running back Devin Singletary had one of the best games of his career early on, totaling 33 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns — tying his single-game career high — on his first six carries. However, his final three carries of the half went for just eight yards and included a lost fumble. The key sequence of the half came when the Vikings opted for third-and-fourth-down plays after a two-minute warning from the Bills’ 28. Easily found. Allen, shaking off concerns about his pregame elbow injury, scrambled 25 yards to jumpstart the drive. Four plays later, Buffalo had Allen’s handoff to wide receiver Gabe Davis in the end zone for an 11-yard score that put two touchdowns up 24–10 with 32 seconds left in the half.
The Vikings will start the second half with a chance to get within a score, so stay tuned to our coverage of this Week 10 matchup between two of the NFL’s winningest teams for all the real-time updates and analysis!
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