The Bills are on the road Sunday as they take on the Cowboys, who are 4-4 and coming off a win over the awful Seahawks. The Bills will look to get back on track after their home loss to the Jets, and despite it not being a conference matchup, it’s a big game for Buffalo.
Below are the keys to the game, as well as our final prediction for Sunday’s outcome.
1. Force Some Turnovers – The Bills have built their respectable record in large part because of excelling in this area, as the team has come up with 16 takeaways in its five victories. Dallas has had a tendency to be turnover-prone at times but has been noticeably better in taking care of the ball as of late, with the offense committing only three giveaways over the past three games. The Cowboys are the more talented of these two participants, but will still have a tough time winning if they’re making costly mistakes, as Buffalo has shown a knack for making the most of its opponent’s miscues.
2. Stop DeMarco Murray – The Cowboys are far more dangerous on offense when their running game is clicking, which it certainly has since the rookie back’s been placed in a prominent role. Dallas is 3-0 this season when rushing for over 125 yards, and the Bills allow about that many per game on average.
3. Red-zone proficiency – This could be a big advantage for Buffalo. The Bills have scored touchdowns on 64.3 percent of possessions inside the opponent’s 20-yard line, tied for second-best in the NFL. The Cowboys, on the other hand, have the second-worst success rate (38.5 percent) in the league within the red zone. How both offenses execute down near the goal line could very well be the difference if the game is close.
Prediction – A two-time Super Bowl rematch from the 90?s, and the teams of course are 100 percent different, but it’s interesting to go back and relive those days. The Cowboys didn’t play great against the Seahawks, but did find a way to pull out a win. The luster of the Bills start is off, and they were beat up pretty bad by the Jets last week. Look for Tony Romo to have a good day, and if the Cowboys can stay away from big turnovers, they will win. Dallas 23 Buffalo 17