The Buffalo Bills beat the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in the largest upset the NFL has seen since 1995. They did so, in large part, thanks to their red-hot start. Both the offense and the defense combined to give the Bills a 17-point first-quarter margin.
Josh Allen and the offense were three for three on possessions in the opening quarter. Two Allen rushing touchdowns and a Stephen Hauschka field goal gave the Bills 17 points—the most they’ve scored in a first quarter since the 2011 season. The defense was on fire as well, causing two fumbles and forcing a punt on Minnesota’s third first-quarter possession.
Heading into Sunday, teams with a 17-point or greater first-quarter margin are 287-26-1 in NFL history. As mentioned above, the last time the Bills started a game that well was that 2011 season game. That one ended poorly with the New England Patriots winning 49-21. On Sunday the story was much different. The Bills earned their first win of the season and made it into the NFL record books in the process.