Bills come back to win final preseason game against Vikings, 27-23

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For the first time in franchise history, the Buffalo Bills went a perfect 4-0 in preseason play.

The Bills needed a comeback on Thursday in order to claim the win over the Minnesota Vikings, 27-23 at New Era Field.

Sparked by quarterback Tyree Jackson and running back Marcus Murphy, the Bills put up a 21-point fourth quarter with the final three touchdowns coming in the game's last four minutes.

Jackson started the game under center and went start-to-finish for the game. The University at Buffalo product was 22-of-33 for 175 yards and a passing touchdown in the game's final seconds to David Sills V to secure the win. Jackson also added 78 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown, leading the team in both passing and rushing.

Murphy's 79-yard punt return touchdown was in between both of Jackson's touchdown drives, while adding 27 yards rushing in the contest.

Ray-Ray McCloud III led the Bills in receiving with five catches for 48 yards. 

The Bills offense was not off to the best of starts as Jackson had only 45 yards passing through the second quarter, and the team had a grand total of just three points at halftime. The defense held serve in the first half, led by defensive end Eddie Yarbrough, who had a team-high 10 tackles after the first half. His night was over after that productive first half. 

The teams traded field goals in the third quarter, before Minnesota would break the game open and hold a 17-point lead late into the fourth quarter, up 23-6. 

However, that was when the Bills wound up kicking into comeback mode, with a lengthy 12-play, 75-yard drive that ended with Jackson's rushing touchdown, with the Vikings still leading 23-13. The Bills defense forced the punt on the following drive, which Murphy would take to the house to bring the Bills within one score, cutting Minnesota's lead to 23-20 and set up the offense with a chance to win the game. 

After the defense forced a three-and-out, Jackson and the offense took over with just one minute left, down by three and no timeouts to work with. Jackson and the offense promptly marched down the field, while also aided by a roughing the passer penalty. At the Minnesota six-yard line and the clock running down under 10-seconds, Jackson connected with Sills in order to put the Bills up with eight seconds left, 27-23.

Siran Neal intercepted the Vikings' final pass to secure the victory and give the Bills their first 4-0 preseason in team history.


Scoring Summary: 
First Quarter: 

  • 7-0 VIKINGS - Vikings touchdown - Kyle Sloter 15-yard touchdown pass to Ameer Abdullah (extra point is good) 
    • Drive info: 8 plays, 47 yards, 4:21 
  • 7-3 VIKINGS - Bills field goal - Stephen Hauschka's 54-yard field goal attempt is good 
    • Drive info: 10 plays, 39 yards, 4:46

Second Quarter: 

  • 7-3 VIKINGS - Vikings missed field goal - Kaare Vedvik's 37-yard field goal attempt is no good 
  • 7-3 VIKINGS - Bills interception - Lafayette Pitts picks off Kyle Sloter, returns it two yards to midfield 
  • 10-3 VIKINGS - Vikings field goal - Kaare Vedvik's 27-yard field goal attempt is good 
    • Drive info: 16 plays, 71 yards, 4:58 

Third Quarter: 

  • 10-6 VIKINGS - Bills field goal - Chase McLaughlin's 54-yard field goal attempt is good 
    • Drive info: 12 plays, 40 yards, 6:02 
  • 13-6 VIKINGS - Vikings field goal - Dan Bailey's 54-yard field goal attempt is good 
    • Drive info: 7 plays, 39 yards, 3:14

Fourth Quarter: 

  • 20-6 VIKINGS - Vikings touchdown - De'Angelo Henderson 3-yard touchdown run (extra point is good) 
    • Drive info: 14 plays, 80 yards, 8:35 
  • 20-6 VIKINGS - Vikings fumble recovery - Tyree Jackson loses the ball on a sack, recovered by Minnesota at the Buffalo 17-yard line
  • 23-6 VIKINGS - Vikings field goal - Dan Bailey's 43-yard field goal attempt is good 
    • Drive info: 3 plays, -8 yards, 1:03
  • 23-13 VIKINGS - Bills touchdown - Tyree Jackson 6-yard touchdown run (extra point is good) 
    • Drive info: 12 plays, 75 yards, 3:48 
  • 23-20 VIKINGS - Bills touchdown - Marcus Murphy 79 -yard punt return touchdown (extra point is good) 
    • Drive info: 1 play, 79 yards, 0:19 
  • 27-23 BILLS - Bills touchdown - Tyree Jackson 8-yard touchdown pass to David Sills V (extra point is good) 
    • Drive info: 6 plays, 57 yards, 0:53 
  • 27-23 BILLS - Bills interception - Siran Neal picks off Jake Browning at the Bills' 15-yard line.

LoTempio Complete Stats of the Game 

Individual Stats: 
Buffalo Bills: 

Tyree Jackson - 22-of-33, 175 yards, 1 TD 

Minnesota Vikings: 

Kyle Sloter - 16-of-24, 163 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT 

Jake Browning - 8-of-10, 46 yards, 1 INT 


Buffalo Bills: 

Tyree Jackson - 8 carries, 78 yards, 1 TD  

Marcus Murphy - 8 carries, 27 yards 

Christian Wade - 5 carries, 15 yards 

Minnesota Vikings: 

De'Angelo Henderson - 16 carries, 59 yards, 1 TD 

Ameer Abdullah - 5 carries, 21 yards 

Mike Boone - 6 carries, 19 yards 

Khari Blasingame - 7 carries, 19 yards 

Davion Davis - 1 carry, 10 yards 


Buffalo Bills: 

Ray-Ray McCloud III - 5 receptions, 48 yards 

Nick Easley - 4 receptions, 41 yards 

Jason Croom - 2 receptions, 27 yards 

Duke Williams - 2 receptions, 18 yards 

David Sills V - 2 receptions, 14 yards, 1 TD 

Cam Phillips - 2 receptions, 10 yards 

Marcus Murphy - 2 receptions, 10 yards 

Christian Wade - 3 receptions, 7 yards 

Minnesota Vikings: 

Brandon Dillon - 5 receptions, 48 yards 

Cole Hikutini - 4 receptions, 45 yards 

Laquon Treadwell - 3 receptions, 30 yards 

Brandon Zylstra - 2 receptions, 24 yards 

Ameer Abdullah - 1 reception, 15 yards 


Buffalo Bills: 

Jaquan Johnson - 12 tackles 

Tyrel Dodson - 11 tackles 

Eddie Yarbrough - 10 tackles, 2 tackles for loss 

L.T. Walton - 3 tackles, 1 sack 

Lafayette Pitts - 2 tackles, 1 interception 

Minnesota Vikings: 

Davante Downs - 6 tackles 

Karter Schutt - 3 tackles, 1 sack 

Arnee Saint-Amour - 2 tackles, 1 fumble recovery 


Team Stats: 
Total Yards: 

BUF: 282MIN: 336

Passing Yards: 

BUF: 162MIN: 200

Rushing Yards: 

BUF: 120MIN: 136

First Downs: 

BUF: 15MIN: 25


BUF: 7 for 41 yards MIN: 4 for 31 yards 

Time of Possession: 

BUF: 23:58 MIN: 36:02 

What's Next: 

For some of these players, it will be the last time they don a Bills uniform as roster cuts take place on Saturday. The roster will be trimmed from their current 88 players to the 53 that will start the season on September 8 against the New York Jets at Metlife Stadium.