Star recruit Vontae Davis lasted just six quarters at the Bills. Picture: Getty Images
Star recruit Vontae Davis lasted just six quarters at the Bills. Picture: Getty Images

Screw you guys, I’m going home

IN ADDITION to a sense of respectability and two games, the Bills appear also to have lost a long-time defensive back.

Vontae Davis, a two-time Pro Bowler who had been playing his first season in Buffalo after nine years with Miami and Indianapolis, retired halfway through Sunday's 31-20 loss to the Chargers, according to his team.

Buffalo linebacker Lorenzo Alexander told reporters that he was told Davis quit at half-time.

"Completely disrespectful," Alexander said, according to The Athletic.

Coach Sean McDermott: "He pulled himself out of the game. He told us he was done."

According to ESPN, Davis changed into street clothes at the break, said he was done and left the stadium.

The Bills were down 28-6 after the first 30 minutes, a week after getting destroyed, 47-3, by the Ravens.

The 30-year-old, a first-round pick in 2009 by the Dolphins, would finish his career after 113 games and 22 interceptions.

KICKER'S MISERABLE DAY COSTS VIKINGS AGAINST PACKERS

Wide right, times two. Daniel Carlson missed two field goals in overtime, including one from 35 yards as time expired, and the Minnesota Vikings had to settle for a 29-29 tie with the Green Bay Packers after rallying from a late 13-point deficit on Sunday.

The rookie's final attempt went to the right of the uprights, just like his kick from 49 earlier in overtime.

Carlson also missed from 48 in the second quarter.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby matched a career high with five field goals, but his potential game-winner from 52 went wide left as time expired in regulation.

"It's disappointing when you've got an opportunity to win the football game there at the end and you come up with a tie. It's better than a loss," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.

It was the second straight week with a tie in the NFL after the Steelers and Browns played to a draw in their opener.

The result at Lambeau Field overshadowed memorable performances from both quarterbacks.

Green Bay star Aaron Rodgers played with a brace on his injured left knee and threw for 281 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams.

But a mishandled hand-off with 5:17 left in overtime cost the Packers a chance at another long field-goal attempt. Rodgers recovered the fumble on second-and-1 at the 37, and he was sacked on third down to push Green Bay back to the 47.

"Close to an 'L.' Doesn't feel great," Rodgers said about the tie. Minnesota's Kirk Cousins threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns, including three in the fourth quarter.

He also threw an interception to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix after the ball bounced off the hands of Laquon Treadwell with 2:13 left.

Everything seemed to go the Vikings' way in the fourth, when they rallied from a 20-7 deficit. Until that point, the Packers had put together the kind of complete performance needed to support Rodgers, who got hurt in Green Bay's opening victory against Chicago.

Facing double coverage, Adam Thielen still caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Cousins with 31 seconds left on a drive that included a roughing-the-passer penalty on Clay Matthews. Stefon Diggs caught a 2-point conversion pass to tie it at 29.

"I don't know where to start, to be honest with you. I have so many emotions running through as far as what a terrible call it was," Matthews said.

"At the same time, I don't know what else to do." The penalty negated an interception by Jaire Alexander with 1:45 left that would have allowed the Packers to run out the clock. Referee Tony Corrente said the call was not related to the new helmet-to-helmet rule.

"He picked up the quarterback and drove him into the ground," Corrente told a pool reporter.

Rodgers, who finished 30 of 42, didn't have his typical mobility that allows him to busy time for receivers.

But he was able to move around enough to scramble out of trouble on occasion. Operating out of shotgun or pistol formations also bought Rodgers more time.

The Packers (1-0-1), though, could have used more touchdowns from the offence.

They did get one on special teams after Geronimo Allison blocked a punt that was recovered by Josh Jackson in the end zone for a touchdown.

Thielen had 12 catches for 131 yards for Minnesota (1-0-1), while Diggs had nine catches for 128 yards and two scores.



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