Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills Preview

Stopping Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy is top priority for the Cowboys defense. Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison
Stopping Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy is top priority for the Cowboys defense.
Photo Courtesy: Keith Allison

By Zach Walker

Game Info
Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills
Sunday – December 27 – 12:00 pm CT
Ralph Wilson Stadium – Buffalo, New York

Records Before the Game
Dallas Cowboys (4-10, 3-4 away)
Buffalo Bills (6-8, 3-3 home)

Who do the Cowboys need to shut down?
RB LeSean McCoy – LeSean McCoy at one point said he owned Dallas with his performance as a Philadelphia Eagle, and as that statement rang, he was promptly traded to Buffalo, despite being basically the best Eagle on the roster. But the Philly loss is Buffalo gain because McCoy completely shifts how an opposing defense plays the offense. The defense must respect the run, must account for where the back is going to be on the play or else they could be watching the jumbotron with McCoy in the end zone. Dallas knows how dangerous McCoy is and if they allow Tyrod Taylor to throw only 21 passes, completing 13 for 173-ish yards and a touchdown, it’ll mean yet another loss for the Cowboys.

Who on the Cowboys, needs to step up?
QB Kellen Moore – Alright, so it’s the lofty lefty for the final three games. Can’t say that I’m not excited to see him play in NFL games. I’ve liked Kellen Moore since Boise State. He doesn’t have the greatest arm and that’s what’s him holding back the most, even more than his left handedness but at the same time there were quite a few throws against the Jets that he made that were quite impressive. For example the Cole Beasley one through traffic was unbelievably impressive. Moore operates though pure anticipation to complete throws, rather than strength, that means crisp routes or it’s going to be an incompletion fest.

Which group will give the Cowboys fits?
Buffalo Defensive Front Four – As good as the Dallas Cowboys offensive line is, the Buffalo Bills defensive line is just as good. There’s going to be danger coming after Kellen Moore from every position on that defensive front. Mario Williams, Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams, and Marcell Dareus. Those are scary men. When the Cowboys are forced into pass only downs, in dangerous situations like that, there’s no way they can go empty set because I don’t think the Cowboys, as good as they are up front, can take those four guys with our five. But it’s going to be one of the lick your chops matchups of this game, because it’s great on great.

Which group will give the Bills fits?
Dallas Defensive Front Four – Over the past three games the Cowboys defensive line has performed like they should have been performing all year long. DeMarcus Lawrence is stepping up his game in a big way. Tyrone Crawford’s getting the pressure that he had been getting at towards the end of last season and Randy Gregory is finally coming back into the lineup and bringing it.

What will it take for the Cowboys to win?
Can Dallas actually lose to Buffalo? Is that a possibility? Oct. 8 2007, never forget.

Prediction: Dallas 27 – Buffalo 24