The Bills arrived in Dallas as touchdown underdogs despite sporting an 8-3 record in the AFC East. It became clear as the game went on that the oddsmakers got that one wrong. Second-year quarterback Josh Allen played with great poise, as he killed the Cowboys on third-downs, connecting with Cole Beasley often in his return to Dallas, and helping his team to a 26-15 victory.
The Bills defense also played a key role, as they intercepted and stripped Dak Prescott in the first half, putting Allen in good position and limiting the Cowboys chances. Those chances were there, but Dallas couldn’t get into the end zone and Brett Maher missed two field goals.
Ezekiel Elliott was great all game, as he rushed 12 times for 71 yards and caught 7-of-10 targets for 66 yards but he was unable to score, while Dak Prescott didn’t have his best game. Prescott was able to put up big yardage as the team tried to come from behind, throwing for 355 yards and two touchdowns along with his interception and two fumbles, one which was lost. He ended up with a good fantasy day, but in the end, was outplayed by Allen.
Beasley ended up catching 6-of-7 targets for 110 yards and a touchdown. He had two 100-yard games in his seven years with the Cowboys and this is his first one with the Bills. He was ready for this game.
Allen ended the day completing 19-of-24 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown, adding 43 yards and another touchdown on ten carries. John Brown threw the other touchdown pass, the first of his career, to Devin Singletary. It was Browns’ first pass ever and the first time a Bills wide receiver has ever thrown a pass for a touchdown.
Allen has played some of the best football of his short career over the last couple weeks and now at 9-3, the Bills are cruising into the wild card round with some chance of upsetting the Patriots in the division, if they continue to play well.
The Cowboys just took a hit in their playoff chances, as the Eagles are close in the division race and both teams need the division if they want to get into the playoffs.