Vikings prove their legitimacy with insane win over Bills

(Photo by Isaiah Vazquez/Getty Images) Patrick Peterson
(Photo by Isaiah Vazquez/Getty Images) Patrick Peterson /

No one expected the Minnesota Vikings to get a win in Week 10, but they did just that when they earned a shocking victory over the Buffalo Bills.

Going into the half of their Week 10 matchup on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, it felt like the Minnesota Vikings were on their way to leaving Highmark Stadium with their second loss of the 2022 season.

After two quarters, the Vikings trailed this year’s Super Bowl favorite by 14 points, and the likelihood of Minnesota coming back from this deficit on the road seemed incredibly slim. But just as they have all season long, this current Vikings team continued to prove that they are like none that we’ve ever seen before.

Minnesota not only erased a 17-point deficit in the second half on Sunday, but they left Buffalo’s home field with an improbable victory in overtime. The Vikings never gave up hope, and it resulted in them improving their record to 8-1 for the fifth time in franchise history and the first time since 2009.

Minnesota Vikings a legit Super Bowl contender after Week 10 win over Buffalo Bills

Things really couldn’t have gone much worse for Minnesota than they did in the first half on Sunday. Yes, the Vikings did score a touchdown on their opening offensive drive, but then they allowed the Bills to outscore them 24-3 until the final whistle blew in the second quarter.

It seemed like it was going to be more of the same in the second half when Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins opened the third quarter by throwing his second interception of the game.

But shortly before the end of the third quarter, Vikings running back Dalvin Cook gave the team that glimpse of hope they were looking for when he broke free for an 81-yard touchdown run to cut Buffalo’s lead to 10 points.

Minnesota shutout the Bills offense during their first three drives of the fourth quarter, and thanks to a C.J. Ham touchdown and an Eric Kendricks miraculous fumble recovery in the end zone, the Vikings took emerged with a three-point lead with less than a minute remaining in the game.

Unfortunately, Buffalo was able to tie the score up and send the matchup to overtime. But Minnesota prevailed in the extra period thanks to a Greg Joseph field goal and a game-sealing Patrick Peterson interception.

With the Vikings’ incredible win on Sunday, there should be no more questions about the legitimacy of their record. Minnesota just went on the road and beat the team that everyone expects to either play in or win this season’s Super Bowl.

The Vikings are for real and the rest of the NFL has been put on notice with their win over the Bills. We’ve seen magic pulled off by Minnesota before, but Kevin O’Connell’s brand-new bag of tricks has people now believing that a championship could be in the near future for this franchise.

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