Thanksgiving Tradition: Dallas Hosts Buffalo

The Dallas Cowboys continue their Thanksgiving tradition this Thursday as they prepare to host the Buffalo Bills at AT&T Stadium. Dallas typically owns Thanksgiving Day as they boast 30 wins, 18 losses, and a tie. Dallas has played almost every Thanksgiving since Tex Schramm signed up for the holiday game back in 1966 to bring national attention to the team. His gamble paid off as the Cowboys are now synonymous with Thanksgiving Football. It’s one of the greatest traditions in sports since 1966.  

Dallas Cowboys

ARLINGTON, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 29: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after running for a first down with Dak Prescott #4 in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at AT&T Stadium on November 29, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)(Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

America’s Team has seen better days since their 3-0 start. The Cowboys have struggled to find success against winning teams. Against these teams, they sit at 0-5 while all six wins come against squads with a combined record of 14-40. Dallas has struggled to maintain its identity on offense. With the elevated play that Dak Prescott has displayed this year, Kellen Moore and company have drifted away from the ground game. Ezekiel Elliott is a 90-million-dollar man and only averaging 19.5 carries per game. Yet, he still sits at 4.3 yards per carry and has accumulated 919 yards. Dallas must find a way to blend the success of Prescott’s arm with Zeke’s physical smash-mouth run style. The offense will look to get back on track Thursday against an 8-3 Bills team that has been playing well as of late.

Buffalo Bills

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Taking the league by surprise this year, Josh Allen and company seem to be heading for their second playoff game since 1999. The last time Bills Mafia saw their beloved team in the postseason was in a 10-3 loss against Jacksonville. Buffalo looks to spoil Dallas’ Thanksgiving feast. Looking to New England, the Bills should look to eliminate Amari Cooper and Jason Witten. In doing so, Buffalo will then need to use its fifth-ranked rushing defense to stop Ezekiel Elliott. On offense, watch for Josh Allen and Devin Singletary to tote the rock early and often. Dallas has struggled severely again the run, giving up 100+ years to opposing teams in all but three games this year. Allen leads the league in rushing touchdowns at the position with seven. Able to move around in the pocket, expect Allen to extend plays with his legs.

Raw Take

Dak Prescott and Company come back home to Arlington hosting Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. Look for Dallas to feel at home on Thursday as they continue their Thanksgiving tradition. Buffalo seems to be a tough match-up on defense but lack offensive prowess to overpower Dallas’ defense. I see Dallas starting slow as they have not proven otherwise all year but find their groove in the second half as Elliott wears down the Buffalo defense. Opening the run-pass option, Prescott will utilize his deep threats in Cooper and Gallup as the Bills don’t have the defensive tools seen in New England. With the addition of slot-man Randall Cobb, I don’t see Buffalo containing this high-powered offense all afternoon. Playing at home and for a chance at the playoffs, Dallas fires on all cylinders in a bounce-back win 24-9 over Buffalo.

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Born August 30th, 1989 in Great Falls, Montana. Grew up in Tri-Cities Washington and joined the United States Air Force at 17 in 2007. Turned 18 shortly after in the military and spent 6 years traveling around the Pacific, Middle East, and the United States. Family, Friends, Music, and the Dallas Cowboys/football are the essentials for this guy. Grit, Grind, and Gratitude is how I would describe myself in three short words. If I had to use just one word, it would be resilient. Love to debate and discuss, it's okay to agree to disagree, if we all agreed life would be boring!

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