The Buffalo Bills are... good? They were Sunday in a statement win against the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota has the been an early playoff favorite, with many prognosticators believing they will defend their own turf in January. However, those sentiments may change after yesterday. The Bills were dominant against the Vikings— there’s no other way around it, and they performed a complete turnaround from their play over the first six quarters of the season. Almost the entire team played well, but there were some outliers who went above and beyond.
QB Josh Allen
What can you say about Allen? The kid balled out. He only completed 15 passes on 22 attempts but he sure looked sharp. If it weren't for dropped passes, he maybe had three touchdowns taken away if counting the long ball that bounced off of Robert Foster’s hands and Kelvin Benjamin’s continued struggles grabbing the football. His legs were his best weapon yesterday, extending plays outside of the pocket to keep drives alive, and hurdling defenders like nobody’s business. Overall, he looks comfortable and it seems like the game has slowed down. Last week, he showed flashes of why many fans are excited for the future. Against the Vikings, he showed why many are excited for the present.
LB Matt Milano
Milano had one hell of a game for the Bills. Eight tackles, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery. (By the way: He's the first Bill to have a sack, a pick and a FR in a game since Troy Vincent in 2004.) This is the Milano everyone was hoping would show up in 2018 after being a pleasant surprise last season as a fifth-round pick. His sneaky athleticism showed again this game when he was in space and had to play on the ball in the open field. With Tremaine Edmunds in the middle, the two have the ability to become one of the best young duos in the NFL.
DE Jerry Hughes
It was a slow day on the stat sheet for Hughes, only recording one sack that resulted in a forced fumble, but that doesn't even tell half the story. Hughes beat the Vikings left tackle like a drum all day and forced Kirk Cousins to move off his spot. He put a ton of pressure on Cousins the entire game and was a big reason why the Bills had the success they did defensively. Hughes is a vital part of the Bills pass rush and when he has a big day, the rest of the defense usually does as well.