The Buffalo Bills defeated the Dallas Cowboys Thursday night in fashion with a score of 26-15. Buffalo, who came into the game as a 6.5 point favorite, covered the spread and then some as the Bills circled the wagons in AT&T Stadium. All questions about Josh Allen and his young offense were answered Thanksgiving night. It is clear the Bills cemented themselves as a prime contender in the AFC.
Josh Allen Clinic
The most prominent aspect to take from the game on Thursday was the outstanding play from Buffalo’s second-year Quarterback Josh Allen. Allen played remarkably in Dallas Thanksgiving night. Josh put the Buffalo Bills on his back as they won by a commanding margin over the NFC East Division leader.
Allen went 19 for 24 with 231 yards and a touchdown. Josh also rushed for 43 yards and a score. What might be most memorable with Allen’s performance is off a botched snap. Allen had an impressive fourth-down quarterback sneak, that changed the entire momentum of the contest. Allen fumbled the snap, and still found a way to jump over the pile of lineman to move the chains. Allens will to win was on full display in the national spotlight Thursday, with hopes that more good things will come.
Beasley Finds Payback
It might have been bittersweet for fans in Dallas to see Cole Beasley find the endzone, but it was for sure a treat for him and Bills Mafia. Beasley had one hell of a day against his former team on Thursday, as he went for 110 yards on six receptions. Beasley signed a four deal with Buffalo this offseason after being a long term member of the Cowboys organization since 2012. The addition of Cole Beasley and veteran Wide Receiver John Brown has done nothing but great things for the Buffalo Bills offense, as they continue to shock the world with there week to week performances.
Trickery Up There Sleeves
Speaking of Wide Reciever John Brown, did you know he also has an arm? No? Neither did we! Brown threw a touchdown pass to rookie Devin Singletary on a double reverse in the second quarter. The “Thanksgiving Special” was called at the perfect time by Bills Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll as the Cowboys left Singletary wide open for the score. This is the first successful trick play Buffalo has performed all year. Now that they have found success, will they continue to take more risks?
Defensive Pressure Continues
With the Buffalo Bills offense finally clicking, the defense has seen more time on the sidelines to rest, and be in full form on the field. That is precisely what we saw Thursday, as the Bills defense was dominant once again. The Bills pass rush was incredible and lead to multiple turnovers
and bad plays from Dak Prescott and the Dallas Offense. The defensive terror was lead by Bills first-round draft pick Ed Oliver. Ed recorded two sacks and one tackle for a loss. Oliver has begun to shine these last few weeks, and it seems he has finally fully adjusted to the professional game. The Bills also saw great things from Star Lotulelei, as the defensive tackle recorded an interception against the Cowboys. The Buffalo Bills defense as a group recorded nine pass deflections against the Dallas offense.
Kicking Woes Continue
With all the great things happening on both sides of the football for the Buffalo Bills Thursday, there was one part that Bills fans were not thankful for, the kicking game. Stephen Hauschka, who has arguably become a fan favorite since his tenure began in Buffalo in 2017, did not perform well for the second week in a row. Hauschka missed a field goal and extra point at AT&T Stadium. It appears that the majority of the league is dealing with a kicking epidemic, and it’s not just in Buffalo. However, Hauschka needs to get back to his Pro Bowl Caliber self. Bills fans know all too well about missed kicks in big games.
Buffalo Bills Finally in National Spotlight?
After the first primetime game of the season for Buffalo, is it safe to say the Bills are in the national spotlight? I would say yes! The Buffalo Bills are starting to see the respect they have deserved all season. The NFL also announced that the December 15th game against the Pittsburgh Steelers would be flexed to the Sunday Night Football time slot. This will give Buffalo another primetime game for the nation to see the Bills in action right before the playoffs.
The Bills (9-3) hold a two-game lead on the rest of the pack for the AFC Wildcard race. They also only sit one game behind New England (10-2) for the AFC East lead. The Bills will be tested this coming week, as the Baltimore Ravens (10-2) head into New Era Field. The game will be held on Sunday at 1 pm eastern in Buffalo.
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