Who would have thought that the Buffalo Bills would have start 8-3 in their first eleven games of the season? Whether you like it or not, they are here and they continue to win no matter what opponent they face. Over the coarse of their four week game stretch, they will face four teams all with winning records. The first of this tough stretch is taking a flight down to Dallas to take on the Cowboys on Turkey Day.
A Powerhouse Offense
The Cowboys offense has talent all over their offense. A top five, arguably top three running back, valuable weapons on the outside and a massive offensive line. Ezekiel Elliott is one of the leagues’ best backs and he sets a tough matchup against the Bills’ inconsistent run stop.
Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Jason Witten and Michael Gallup can make a defense pay if they are open to make the big plays. The Cowboys passing game is either a hit or miss this season. With Prescott struggling against top defenses’ this season, he will need to find a way to overcome this Bills secondary.
The Cowboys have the number one passing offense and are in the top ten in the rushing game. They will be a big reason as to why they either succeed or struggle for four quarters.
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A Breakdown Defense
The Bills defense has been their strongest unit since the start of the season. Even though the offense has slowly come along in the past few weeks, the defense will need to make their presence known early. With a secondary that consists of a developing shutdown corner in Tre’Davious White and two ballhawking safeties in Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, Prescott will need to get the ball out early if he wants to throw over the Bills.
Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano will serve as both run stoppers and man coverage defenders. Expect to see Milano covering Witten and Edmunds sticking to a zone in the middle of that defense. This linebacker combo has been exceptional for this defense.
The big men upfront have started to come alive during the season. Jordan Phillips has racked up seven sacks on the year in his contract year. Shaq Lawson is also playing for a new contract and has stepped up big on third downs the last couple of games. The production against both the pass and the run has been phenomenal.
The Bills, on average, only allow 15 points per game while the Cowboys have been averaging over 27 points a game. Jason Garrett is competing for his job next year. Sean McDermott is trying to get his team back to the playoffs for the second time in three years.
This is once in four years type of game for Bills fans. Even though the Bills have the better record, they are listed as the underdogs by seven points. The talks of Buffalo not beating a good team can come to an end on Thanksgiving if they walk into Dallas and beat them on their turf. Get ready for a physical and brutal game.