Vikings vs. Bills Betting: Can Buffalo win if Allen is limited on Sunday?

Eddie Griffin

There’s a big Josh Allen-sized cloud hanging over the upcoming Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills matchup, as the NFL MVP hopeful’s health is a question mark ahead of Sunday’s game at Highmark Stadium.

Along with losing an early 14-3 lead and the game against the New York Jets this past Sunday, the Super Bowl favorites could very well be without Allen this week. Late in the game, Allen appeared to suffer an elbow injury when he took a hit to the arm from Jets DE Bryce Huff.

It certainly could be a lot worse, but will Allen be able to be at his best against the Vikings? If he isn’t, the Bills could be in line for a second straight loss.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills Matchup Information

  • Matchup: Minnesota Vikings (7-1, 3-1 away, 1st in the NFC North) vs. Buffalo Bills (6-2, 3-0 home, 1st in the AFC East)
  • Venue & Location: Highmark Stadium (Orchard Park, New York)
  • Date: Sunday, November 8, 2022
  • Game Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • How to Watch Vikings vs. Bills: FOX

Vikings vs. Bills Odds

Odds are via FanDuel as of Tuesday, November 8 at 2:50 p.m. Eastern.

Spread

  • Minnesota Vikings +5.5 (-110)
  • Buffalo Bills -5.5 (-110)

Over/Under

  • Over 45.5 (-112)
  • Under 45.5 (-108)

Moneyline

  • Minnesota Vikings +190
  • Buffalo Bills -230

Minnesota Keeps Finding Ways to Win

It seems rather inexplicable that the Vikings are 7-1, but they are. And they are in a dominant position in the NFC North, with the Green Bay Packers (3-6), Chicago Bears (3-6), and Detroit Lions (2-7) all a million miles behind.

Sunday’s game is certainly a big game, but Minnesota can lose to the Bills and still be in a strong position in the division and in the NFC. Following this matchup, they have five home games in six weeks, with the lone road game at Detroit in Week 14.

If it had been said in the preseason that nine weeks into the season, the Vikings would be 7-1 despite Dalvin Cook having one 100-yard game in eight games and Kirk Cousins averaging just 6.6 yards per pass–a full yard below his career average–they would have gotten a lot of funny looks, to say the least.

But Minnesota keeps finding ways to win every week, and their latest effort saw them rally for a 20-17 win at Washington on Sunday.

After a Commanders touchdown, the Vikings trailed 17-7 with 14:14 left. But they scored on their final three possessions, capping their comeback with Greg Joseph’s 28-yard field goal with 12 seconds left.

It remains to be seen how far this team can go, but they are certainly having fun right now.

Vikings vs. Bills Prediction

Bills to win

After suffering his injury against the Jets, Allen proceeded to chuck the ball almost 70 yards downfield for Gabriel Davis on 4th and 21.

That doesn’t say that he will be able to throw 30 or 40 times on Sunday, but it is a positive indication that if he is active against the Vikings, it won’t be to his or the Bills’ detriment.

What Minnesota has done over the last several weeks is pretty amazing, and it would be silly to doubt them here, even if Allen was healthy.

But their only win this season against a team currently with a winning record came at Miami in Week 6 when the Dolphins were without Tua Tagovailoa, who is 7-1 in his eight starts this season. Their other six wins are against the Packers, Lions, Bears, Saints (3-6), Cardinals (3-6), and Commanders (4-5).

You can only beat who is on your schedule, but when they weren’t competitive in their lone game against a team on a similar level as the Bills–a 24-7 loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia in Week 2–it casts a bit of doubt on how well they may perform against Buffalo, even if Allen is less than 100 percent.

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Eddie Griffin
Eddie Griffin

Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.

Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.