Bills Beat Vikings Late

The Buffalo Bills found a way to win late. Trailing 16-10, the Bills scored a touchdown with one second remaining to beat the Minnesota Vikings 17-16.

Everything that could have gone wrong for the Buffalo Bills went wrong. 

The team lost their top running backs, Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, to serious injuries. Buffalo turned the ball over four times and allowed Kyle Orton to get sacked six times. Penalties were also once again a factor for the Bills. Buffalo was flagged eight times on Sunday for 48 yards. 

Despite all of this, the Bills found a way to win.

With one second remaining, Kyle Orton found Sammy Watkins for a two yard touchdown. Dan Carpenter's extra point gave the Bills a 17-16 lead and victory. 

There weren't too many bright spots for the Bills on Sunday, but they did just enough to win. Sammy Watkins was the MVP of the game, catching nine passes for 122 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was a terrific bounce back game for the rookie after having trouble against Darrelle Revis. Regardless of Buffalo's final record this season, trading up for Watkins looks like it was worth it.

Kyle Orton's overall outing was rough, but he deserves praise for the final drive of the day. While Orton turned the ball over twice and was hit at will on Sunday, he found a way to keep the chains moving late in the game. He quarterback hit Watkins for a 19 yard gain early in the drive before getting sacked twice in the next three plays and losing 10 yards. Facing a 4th and 20, Orton found tight end Scott Chandler, who picked up 24 yards. Buffalo later faced a 3rd and 12 and Orton connected again with Watkins for 18 yards. On the following play, Orton was called for intentional grounding. The 10 second run-off gave the Bills 25 seconds to win the game. The veteran QB threw a deep pass to Chris Hogan that was caught at the one yard line. Buffalo had no timeouts remaining and by the time they spiked the ball, only six seconds remained. Orton was able to find Watkins for the score that won the game.

Defensively, Buffalo had issues stopping the Vikings at times. Jerick McKinnon rushed for 103 yards on 19 carries and late in the game the Vikings did a good job of playing keep away with the ball. There were some positive performances during the game. Leodis McKelvin intercepted Teddy Bridgewater twice, Marcell Dareus added two sacks, moving his season total up to seven, and Jerry Hughes added 1.5 sacks, moving his season total up to 5.5. Mario Williams also added had a sack and Da'Norris Searcy was credited with half of a sack.

It was a tough loss for the Vikings. Minnesota outplayed Buffalo most of the game, but collapsed late. Their lone touchdown came in the first half on a four yard connection from Bridgewater to Cordarrelle Patterson. Blair Walsh added three field goals. Defensively, Everson Griffen sacked Orton three times and Anthony Barr played like a man possessed. The Vikings fell to 2-5 on the season, but they showed that they're on the right path. 

The Bills will see that they have a lot of work to do when they watch film tomorrow. Tonight, they can celebrate their come from behind victory. 


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