Clinching a Playoff Berth, Cowboys Fail to Capitalize on Momentum
The Dallas Cowboys, with a playoff berth already secured, were looking to continue their winning streak against the Buffalo Bills. However, their hopes were dashed as they faced a crushing defeat, falling behind the NFC leaders, the San Francisco 49ers. While the Cowboys have dominated at home, winning all seven games, their performance on the road has been lackluster, resulting in a disappointing 3-4 record.
Buffalo’s Dominant Performance
The Bills showcased their strength in a commanding performance against the Cowboys. Rushing for an impressive 266 yards, Buffalo controlled the game, holding possession for a remarkable 10 minutes longer than Dallas. The Bills also outperformed the Cowboys in first downs, recording 28 to Dallas’ 14.
Cowboys’ Offensive Struggle
Known for their high-scoring offense, the Cowboys were unable to find their rhythm against the Bills. They were held to a season-low of just 195 yards of offense. Quarterback Dak Prescott had a difficult day, completing only 21 of 34 passes for 134 yards and throwing an interception. The Cowboys’ hopes of carrying the momentum from their previous win over the Philadelphia Eagles quickly faded.
Buffalo’s Strong Running Game
Buffalo’s interim offensive coordinator Joe Brady devised a successful game plan, utilizing the running game to control the clock and keep the Cowboys’ offense off the field. This strategy proved effective as the Bills overwhelmed the Cowboys’ defensive front, scoring crucial touchdowns. Running back Dalvin Cook was instrumental in Buffalo’s victory, scoring an 18-yard catch in the second quarter and sealing the game with a 24-yard rush in the fourth.
Playoff Hopes Fading
With this loss, the Cowboys’ hopes of securing a top spot in the playoffs have diminished. They now face a challenging schedule with two of their last three games on the road. On the other hand, the Bills are aiming to secure their fifth consecutive playoff berth and contend for their fourth straight AFC East title.
Injuries Impacting Both Teams
Injuries played a part in the game, with Cowboys’ right guard Zack Martin leaving the field in the first quarter due to a quadriceps injury. The Bills also suffered a setback when defensive tackle Jordan Phillips injured his wrist and was unable to return.
The Cowboys will travel to Miami for their next game, hoping to regain their winning form. Meanwhile, the Bills will face the Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday night as they continue their quest for another playoff appearance.