Josh Allen's 2 TDs Power Bills to 26-15 Road Win vs. Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2019

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) celebrates after recovering a fumbled snap and getting a first down on the play in the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. The Cowboys' Maliek Collins (96) and Bills Jon Feliciano (76) look on during the play. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
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The Buffalo Bills earned their third win in a row, defeating the Dallas Cowboys 26-15 on Thanksgiving Day at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones vented about the state of the team's special teams following a 13-9 defeat to the New England Patriots on Sunday. Jones called out the coaching staff without naming names, which many read as an indictment of head coach Jason Garrett.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday the Cowboys will let Garrett finish out the final year of his contract "no matter what." That probably won't stop fans from calling for a change, especially with the team falling to 6-6.

The Bills, meanwhile, improve to 9-3, strengthening their hold on the first wild-card spot in the AFC.

At the very least, Buffalo is assured of a winning record for the second time in Sean McDermott's first three seasons as head coach.


Notable Performers

  • Josh Allen, QB, Bills: 19-of-24, 231 yards, one touchdown; 10 carries, 43 yards, one touchdown
  • Devin Singletary, RB, Bills: 14 carries, 63 yards; three receptions, 38 yards, one touchdown
  • Cole Beasley, WR, Bills: six receptions, 110 yards, one touchdown
  • Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys: 32-of-49, 355 yards, two touchdowns, one interception; four carries, 25 yards
  • Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Cowboys: 12 carries, 71 yards; seven receptions, 66 yards
  • Amari Cooper, WR, Cowboys: eight receptions, 85 yards
  • Michael Gallup, WR, Cowboys: three receptions, 63 yards


Efficiency the Key for Josh Allen, Bills Offense

One would've assumed the score to be much closer based on the total yards by both teams. The Cowboys out-gained the Bills 426-356 and averaged 5.9 yards per play to Buffalo's 5.7.

When the Bills had the ball, Josh Allen picked the Cowboys defense apart with his arm and feet without making too many errors.

Buffalo Bills @BuffaloBills

Josh Allen serving touchdowns for Thanksgiving dinner. 🍽️ #BUFvsDAL | #GoBills https://t.co/VE37Pjdrna

Nothing symbolized Allen's performance more than a 4th-and-1 in the second quarter. He fumbled the snap, picked up the ball and got the first down.

The Checkdown @thecheckdown

JOSH ALLEN WENT BEAST MODE 😤 https://t.co/kfN79nGjJq

Allen didn't finish with monster numbers, and his longest completion went for 29 yards. Yet it was an impressive showing from the second-year quarterback.

Mike Clay @MikeClayNFL

It might be as simple as "he's improved a ton" and/or "the system/coaching is great", but it's tough to reconcile Josh Allen's college tape/numbers with his current play. He just keeps getting better and better. Super impressive ascent.

Joe Buscaglia @JoeBuscaglia

I am so impressed by Josh Allen and Brian Daboll in this second half. They have taken this game over. #Bills

No Bills player will have enjoyed the win more than Cole Beasley, who saved his best game of the year for his first appearance against his old team. The free-agent signing got his fifth touchdown reception of the season in the first quarter, tying the single-season high he set twice with the Cowboys, who signed him as an undrafted free agent out of nearby SMU seven years ago, in 2015 and 2016.

Buffalo Bills @BuffaloBills

Cole's back. 😏 #BUFvsDAL | #GoBills https://t.co/YOpvwG8zoX

shannon sharpe @ShannonSharpe

Cole Beasley eating Jourdan Lewis up like southerners eat fried catfish.

Rich Eisen @richeisen

The Revenge of Cole Beasley sounds like a rejected Clint Eastwood western.

This is a Thanksgiving that Beasley will remember for some time.


Costly Mistakes Doom Cowboys

The Cowboys couldn't have hoped for a better start as Dak Prescott led the offense to a touchdown on the opening drive of the game. Here's how the remainder of their first-half possessions ended: punt, punt, interception, fumble and missed field goal.

The trend continued into the third quarter as Brett Maher missed his second field-goal attempt of the game, pushing a 47-yarder wide right. Less than a full week after Jones' comments about special teams, Maher went 0-of-2; his 35-yarder at the end of the first half was blocked.

mike fisher ✭ @fishsports

Barring a Maher turnaround in this game, Garrett will look more foolish than ever by defending #Cowboys K by saying, 'He's made a lot of big kicks for us.' (He really hasn't, even before missing 2 this game.)

Ed Werder @WerderEdESPN

Brett Maher has missed five of last six FG from 40-49 yards.

That likely played a role in Garrett's decision to go for it on 4th-and-goal from the Bills' 6-yard line inside the final minute of the third quarter. Garrett either lacked confidence in Maher or felt a field goal wasn't going to cut enough into what was then a 23-7 deficit, with the team having left six points on the board.

Jones has been consistent with regard to Garrett. He indicated in October he wouldn't consider a midseason firing.

Some are bound to wonder whether Jones will amend that stance.

Will Brinson @WillBrinson

Zero game/yardage management involved with how Jason Garrett approaches these drives. 2nd and 10 at midfield? Deep boundary shot to Tavon Austin 3rd and goal at the six knowing you're going to go on fourth down? Fade to Michael Gallup Exact same stuff in NE last week too

Charean Williams @NFLCharean

Wade Phillips got fired in the middle of the 2010 season when the Cowboys quit against the Packers. The Cowboys look like they have quit against the Bills. Barring a comeback, Jason Garrett might be in big trouble.

Ryan Clark @Realrclark25

Boy, Jerry is gon cut the whole fool after this game. Jason Garrett is trying to win this game at all cost because “coaching” cost them the last one. This is a wrap man. They’ll still have a shot at the playoffs because the NFC East is garbage but who they gone beat like this?

Firing the head coach with four games left while still sitting first in the division (albeit by a half-game) would be an extreme move, but Dallas might have no other choice at this point. The team isn't making the most of the talent on its roster, and it's hard to see how things change over the next month.


What's Next?

The Bills host Lamar Jackson and the red-hot Baltimore Ravens (9-2) on Dec. 8. The Cowboys hit the road to face off with the Chicago Bears (also 6-6) on Dec. 5 for another Thursday game.