Bills Pull off Biggest NFL Upset Since 1995 With Win Over Vikings

Sep 23, 2018 4:11 PM EDT
  • The Bills pulled off the biggest NFL upset since 1995 with their win over the Vikings as 16.5-point underdogs.
  • Josh Allen is just the fifth rookie quarterback to win as a two-touchdown underdog over that same span.

The Buffalo Bills have pulled off the NFL’s biggest upset since 1995 with their 27-6 win over the Minnesota Vikings as 16.5-point underdogs.

Buffalo closed as an 8-1 underdog on the moneyline and entered Sunday with the league’s worst odds to win the Super Bowl (2,000-1).

The upset cost at least one better in Vegas a lot of money:

Where does the upset rank in NFL history in terms of the point spread? There have only been 13 teams to win as a two-touchdown underdog since 1995.

Two-Touchdown Underdogs to Win Since 1995:

We have now seen two-touchdown underdogs win in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2010, when the Vikings knocked off the Eagles in Week 16.

The Redskins’ upset of the Cowboys in 1995 was the last time an NFL team won as an underdog of more than 15 points. The 17.5-point underdogs defeated Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin at the height of the Cowboys dynasty by a touchdown in Texas Stadium.

The Redskins were quarterbacked by Heath Shuler, the third overall pick in the 1994 draft who played only four NFL seasons.

Josh Allen is the fifth rookie quarterback since 1995 to win straight up as a two-touchdown underdog, and the first since Joe Webb led the Minnesota Vikings to a win over Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010.

Rookie QBs to Win as Two-Touchdown Underdogs Since 1995:

Buffalo’s 21-point win over Minnesota is also the second-largest victory by a double-digit dog since 2003.

Credit:

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Josh Allen

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