Buffalo Bills Shock Gambling World, Become Largest Underdog to Win NFL Game in 23 Years

The Buffalo Bills revealed as they bucked the odds by beating the Vikings 27-6 and traveling to Minnesota that there is no such thing as a thing.

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen dives during Buffalo victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3. (Image: AP/Bruce Kluckhorn)

Despite coming into the game as a underdog buffalo pulled off this feat. The result was made the biggest upset — at least in terms of the point spread — at the last 23 years by that.

Bills Dominate Heavily Favored Vikings

The last time a larger underdog was able to think of a win was in 1995, when the Washington Redskins found a way to knock off the Cowboys 24-17 after Dallas was installed as a 17.5-point favorite.

“That’s the NFL,” Bill Sattler, sportsbook manager for Caesars Entertainment, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “On any given day, any team can win.”

The nature of the victory was just as surprising as the outcome, although that might be true. This was not the equivalent of the Bills hitting a one-outer on the river: Buffalo dominated almost the whole game, and the result was by halftime in question.

Buffalo was led by rookie quarterback Josh Allen, who put together a performance to earn his first career NFL win. Allen ran for two touchdowns, threw for a third, and created a highlight-worthy second by hurdling Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr on a run over.

It’s easy to presume that Minnesota must have been looking past their opponent. However, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer didn’t try to make any excuses for his team in his postgame comments.

“I don’t believe we took them too lightly,” Zimmer said after the game. “I believe they came out and kicked our butts.”

Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White and the point spread in comments made after Buffalo’s win also played .

“I think ever since I have been here, every game I’ve been in, we’ve been the underdogs,” White told reporters. “It is nothing new to us. We just go out and play.”

Sportsbooks Win, Survivor Pools Annihilated

In general, sportsbooks did well on the massive upset. Mirage sportsbook manager Jeff Stoneback told the Review-Journal that the game was the book’s”biggest winner of the day,” saying many bettors had included the Vikings in parlays and teasers.

Other bookies didn’t fare so well. In South Point, the sportsbook took a large number of money line bets on Buffalo to succeed 12/1 and at 11/1 odds.

“It would’ve been better for us when the Vikings had won the game,” South Point sportsbook manager Chris Andrews told the Review-Journal.

So much for my “Survivor pool!” More than 1100 Entrants from Poker Players at $300 a pop, 550 out. I had my five selections are on Minnesota, six entrees. On Minn, 75% of the picks from the pool are Actually! #Poof #UpInSmoke #DidntSeeBuffaloComing #16PointFavorites

— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) September 23, 2018

Plenty of poker players were impacted by the result also, even if they did bet on the game. Phil Hellmuth made that clear in a tweet about his NFL survivor pool, where he said 75 percent of those selections were on Minnesota this week — meaning that the majority of the 1,100 entries, all of which apparently came from poker players, were removed because of that 1 result.

The Bills weren’t the only team to pull off a major upset on Sunday, either. While the New England Patriots, who were favored by a touchdown over the Detroit Lions, lost 26-10 from the Sunday Night Football game, the Tennessee Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars after coming in as underdogs.

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