Sunday’s Vikings loss was the biggest upset in 23 years.
According to oddsshark.com’s NFL database, there have been 42 matchups where a team was an underdog by 17 or more points. Their database contains the point spread, Over/Under and score from every game since 1980.
Of those 42 games, only one other game where a team was an underdog by 17 or more points resulted in a loss for the favourites. The Vikings just became the second in this notable stat line.
On December 3rd, 1995 the Washington Redskins arrived at Texas Stadium 17 point underdogs. They would stun the future Superbowl winners for the second time that season, upsetting Dallas by winning the game 24-17.
The winless Bills, who entered Minnesota after apparently landing in Wisconsin, 17 point underdogs. The Bills completely dominated the Vikings on both sides of the ball early. They finished the first quarter leading 17-0, ending the half leading 27-0.
Can’t get anything by us @buffalobills…
We actually play in the other Minnesota. pic.twitter.com/zjSxrFyqot
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 22, 2018
The Bills win is also only the second time that a team that was an underdog of 14 or more points would go on to win by 14 or more points. The St. Louis Rams defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 16-0 on September 25th, 1994.
Minnesota has a short week, heading to Los Angeles to face the Rams on Thursday Night Football. Then off to Philly the following Sunday for a rough two week away schedule.
We’ll see how Zimmer and the Vikings respond, because something will need to change if they expect wins against either team.