Buffalo Bills: Thanksgiving Day game vs. Cowboys a big opportunity

The Buffalo Bills look to improve their position in the AFC Wild Card standings with a big test against the Dallas Cowboys.

Going into Thursday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, the Buffalo Bills will look to take advantage of a team that is in disarray which is something they know a thing or two about.

With an 8-3 record and a two-game lead for the top Wild Card spot in the standings, Buffalo is in the driver’s seat when it comes to their playoff spot and they’ll get a chance to show that they could be a team to watch for.

The Bills’ offence has been the big question mark this season but had a breakthrough against the Denver Broncos putting up over 400 yards on a good defence. Part of that has been the strong running game led by Devin Singletary and that has alleviated some pressure off of Josh Allen.

Considering the strength of the Cowboys’ defence is their pass rush, Buffalo will need to back them off with a strong running game. It will also be interesting to see if Cole Beasley can stick it to his former team especially since he is going up against defenders he went up against in practice on a regular basis.

Defensively, the Bills will have their toughest challenge against the Cowboys offensive line and probably the toughest quarterback they’ve faced in Dak Prescott. They know that Amari Cooper is the engine that drives the passing game but Tre’Davious White should be up for the challenge against Cooper.

One thing Dallas has been trying to do is get Ezekiel Elliott back on track after some subpar performances which could be a concern for the Bills. This could be where the Bills face their biggest problem considering how they have looked vulnerable at times against the run.

This is also a rare opportunity for the Bills to show what they can do with a national audience watching and it will be important for head coach Sean McDermott to ensure that the team is ready for the spotlight.

“It’s an opportunity for us to take another step this season as a football team,” McDermott told reporters. “Our players are aware of that. We’ve got a short week to prepare … we’ve talked at length in here about getting rest and prioritizing what and how we want to do things this week.

“And also being grateful for Thanksgiving and all that we’ve been blessed with as well.”

It won’t be an easy game by any stretch but the Bills seemed to have found their stride and have a chance to make their lives easier on them as they continue their push for the playoffs.

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