Just when you think the beginning of the holidays could not get any better, if you represent the Buffalo Bills, then Thanksgiving Day had a bonus thrown in for you. The Bills traveled on a short week of preparation to Dallas to take on the Cowboys. After the Cowboys score first, it was Buffalo ball the entire game as they controlled Jason Garrett and his desperate Cowboys.
The Bills picked up a 26-15 victory and have clinched a winning record for the season. They are 9-3 for the first time since 1996. They send the Cowboys back to .500 on the year in turmoil.
Already at a commanding three game lead in the AFC wild card, the Bills have put themselves in great position to not just make the playoffs but make a run in them as well. Josh Allen and the offense picked up the rhythm early and the defense played at an elite level.
Allen, Offense Roll Over Dallas Defense
The Bills gained 356 yards on the day with Allen throwing for 231 yards and Devin Singletary leading all Bills’ rushing attack with 63 yards. Singletary also caught a touchdown pass from John Brown on a trick play in the second quarter to extend the Bills lead 13-7 to end the first half.
The Bills mental and physical toughness was shown in all four quarters. Just ask Allen. Just before the two minute warning of the first half, the Bills offense faced fourth and one and elected to go for it. Allen and Mitch Morse fumbled the ball and what looked to be a turnover in favor of Dallas…but Allen set the tone for the rest of the game. He recovered it, hopped over a defender, bounced off of one and carried one with him over the line of scrimmage to pick up the first down.
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This play would set up the touchdown pass from Brown to Singletary.
Cole Beasley had himself a comeback game against his former team. Beasley would catch the first Bills touchdown of the game and reeled in 110 yards on six catches. He made his presence known on third down.
Defensive Dominance of Dallas
The Bills defense gave up two scoring drives to the number one offense in the league, their first drive and last drive. The Bills defense have up 426 yards but only two scores. They controlled the tempo of the Cowboys offense and contained Ezekiel Elliott to make Dak Prescott win with his arm.
They forced two turnovers racked up four sacks for a loss of 32 yards. The number three defense in the league shut down the number one offense and it was not even close.
Star Lotulelei and Ed Oliver made an impact for the defense. The big Star had his first interception since his playing days in high school and Oliver led the team with two sacks on Prescott. The ninth overall pick had a slow start to the season but has progressed nicely the last couple of weeks and he continues to be a wrecking machine for the Bills.
Rest Up, Prepare for Lamar
The Bills now get the rest of the week to rest and start the preparation for their biggest test of the season against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. In a search for their tenth win, the Bills have a lot to prepare for with this Ravens offense.