Usually, we're not for hyperbole on this website but today there will be some as the Buffalo Bills pulled out a somewhat miraculous 17-16 win over the Minnesota Vikings. They converted a 3rd-and-17 and a huge 4th-and-20 on the final drive and pulled out the winning touchdown with 1 second left on the clock.
On that final drive, Kyle Orton led them down and a 24-yard gain up the seam to Scott Chandler extended the drive which was followed by an acrobatic catch at the one-yard line by Chris Hogan. With five seconds left and on the next play, Orton found Sammy Watkins for the game-clinching touchdown. GIF me, SB Nation:
KYLE ORTON, MIGHTY BUFFALO http://t.co/rxpREHCvWU— SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) October 19, 2014
The biggest news comes at the running back position, though, where C.J. Spiller broke his collarbone and Fred Jackson tearfully left the game with a groin injury. Anthony Dixon picked up the slack in the interim, and the running game was fine.
What wasn't fine were the turnovers, as the Bills had four turnovers including three fumbles. Two of those were deep in Minnesota territory, costing the Bills points. Kyle Orton had one of those fumbles and an interception which led directly to three Minnesota points. Chris Hogan and Robert Woods each fumbled in the first quarter.
Defensively, the Bills gave up 100 yards rushing for the first time since Week 2. Minnesota chunked yardage, gaining more than 20 yards on three runs today a week after Buffalo didn't allow a rush longer than 10 yards against the New England Patriots.
Despite a mostly forgettable day, a win is a win. Buffalo (4-3) travels to the New York Jets next week.