Mike Zimmer on upset loss: Bills 'kicked our butts'

Mike Zimmer on upset loss: Bills 'kicked our butts'

Covered the 49ers, Raiders and Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News.

It's not so much that they beat the Vikings, it's that they shut out Minnesota for three and a half quarters en route to a 27-6 thumping.

Minnesota had a little fun with the mistake, posting a screenshot of the Bills' tweet captioned, "We actually play in the other Minnesota". Or maybe they're not laughably bad; we don't know.

After being outscored 75-9 over their first six quarters of the season, the Bills have enjoyed a 41-9 advantage over the last six periods. "A lot of self-inflicted things happened that we could've stopped and benefited from, but not today".

As for Josh Allen, maybe this is his coming out party.

Though the most devastating developments for the Vikings were the two lost fumbles by Kirk Cousins, triggered by sacks inside their 20-yard line on consecutive drives, the bad afternoon was full of preventable setbacks. Every week, you're going to get a team that's doing all they can to get it right. "We have a really young and talented team, but we can't just roll the ball out there and expect to win". "I think they came out and kicked our butts".

The Week 2 tie in Green Bay was painful for the Vikings faithful because any one of three missed Daniel Carlson field goals would have won the game. After all, this was a team that made it to the NFC Championship Game a year ago and then upgraded at quarterback. The Vikings had only 46 yards at halftime.

Leading the Chiefs to the end zone on each of his five first-half possessions, Mahomes notched his 13th touchdown pass of 2018, breaking Peyton Manning's mark for most passing scores in the first three games of a season.

The most important part of their preparation and execution?

The offense was out of sync from the get-go.

Near the sideline, Allen threw back across his body to the middle for running back Chris Ivory and a 55-yard completion. That led to Allen's 1-yard run. "It was probably as poor a first half as I've seen in quite while". Allen, who opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run, added a 1-yard run in the second quarter for a 24-0 lead. Forcing Cousins to fumble.

"It's a chance to go back out on the football field and play a game instead of going and having to sit and have a couple days off to think about it", said Thielen. Two ways. They can build on this win and secure their second straight road win in Green Bay next week, or they can begin October with a 1-3 record. Jerry Hughes used a classic speed rush around the edge for the second one to beat left tackle Riley Reiff, whose blocking was briefly impeded by Murray's attempt to pick up a rusher, and Matt Milano fell on it.

Top off the fact that the Vikings defense hasn't been the same since the NFC divisional playoff game against the Saints. Allen completed 15 of 22 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown and ran for two TDs.

The Vikings got shredded, exposed and downright embarrassed in Week 3.

Buffalo Bills defensive back Micah Hyde (23) breaks up a two-point conversion pass intended for Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, rear, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Minneapolis.

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