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Week 13 Game Recap: Buffalo Bills 26, Dallas Cowboys 15


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Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills beat the Dallas Cowboys on the road on Thanksgiving Day behind a strong defensive effort and an efficient performance by Josh Allen. Allen threw a touchdown pass to Cole Beasley early in the game and ran for a touchdown late to put the game out of reach. Devin Singletary caught a touchdown pass on a reverse pass from John Brown, while Beasley led the receiving corps going over 100 yards in his first return to Dallas.

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys posted an opening drive touchdown but struggled the rest of the game against Buffalo with turnovers and missed opportunities. Amari Cooper was healthy entering the game, a rarity this season, but finished needing an MRI. Early reports are Cooper is likely to play in Week 14. Ezekiel Elliott posted another solid game, but monster performances have eluded the running back in 2019. Dallas is still in the running for a NFC East title with the division being lackluster, matching the Cowboys’ season thus far.

Buffalo Bills

QB Josh Allen, 67 offensive snaps, Pass: 19 - 24 - 231 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 10 - 43 - 1
Josh Allen had an efficient game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. Allen was good as a passer with a stretch of 12 straight completions that spanned four scoring drives. Allen was effective throwing on the move and had multiple good throws to Cole Beasley while on the run, including a touchdown pass over the middle in the red zone. Allen added another rushing touchdown on a red zone scramble. He ran frequently in the game and was efficient while avoiding big hits. Allen had other opportunities for big plays but overthrew John Brown who got his feet tangled with a defensive back along the sideline and targeted Dawson Knox deep down the perimeter when Knox drew a defensive pass interference. Allen also missed Devin Singletary short on a throw in the red zone while he was under pressure for what could have been another touchdown pass. Allen has a massive matchup against a tough Ravens defense at home in week 14.

RB Devin Singletary, 52 offensive snaps, Rush: 14 - 63 - 0, Rec: 3 - 38 - 1 (4 targets)
Devin Singletary continued his stretch of strong play against Dallas on Thanksgiving. Singletary started and played ahead of Frank Gore outside of Gore handling two fourth-quarter clock-killing drives. Singletary was elusive in the game and was the beneficiary of good play by the offensive line. He scored a touchdown in the receiving game on a reverse pass by John Brown where he was wide open. Singletary was also used split out in the formation for an out route for a first down, which was an expansion of his passing role in recent weeks. He also had another scoring opportunity on a target in the red zone where he broke open over the middle but Josh Allen threw the ball into the ground while under pressure. Singletary will face a Ravens defense in week 14 that gave up a big game to Raheem Mostert at home on Sunday.

RB Frank Gore, 15 offensive snaps, Rush: 9 - 11 - 0, Rec: 1 - 14 - 0 (1 targets)
Frank Gore continued to play as a backup to Devin Singletary on Thanksgiving against Dallas. Gore had two drives late in the game when Buffalo was attempted to run out the clock, but he failed to get a first down on both drives despite three straight carries on each drive. Gore contributed one reception in the flat that he turned upfield for a first down, but was otherwise not involved in the passing game. He will project as a backup next week at home against a tough Baltimore defense.

WR Cole Beasley, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 110 - 1 (7 targets)
Cole Beasley had one of the best games of his season in a return to Dallas on Thanksgiving. Beasley was elusive after the catch throughout the game and was used on deeper routes than his typically short route tree. Beasley had a red zone catch for a touchdown over the middle on a play where Josh Allen created with his feet to extend the play. Beasley will get a tough matchup against the Ravens in week 14 at home.

WR John Brown, 61 offensive snaps, Pass: 1 - 1 - 28 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rec: 3 - 26 - 0 (4 targets)
John Brown had a quiet game as a receiver against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving but saved his fantasy day with a reverse touchdown pass to Devin Singletary in the red zone. Brown was involved early with a short reception but had only one other reception before the fourth quarter. Brown is seeing increased defensive attention the past two weeks after a strong start to the season and face another tough test at home against Baltimore in week 14.

TE Dawson Knox, 52 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 17 - 0 (4 targets)
Dawson Knox had a quiet statistical day with only three short receptions for 17 yards, but his usage was notable. Knox was twice split out on the outside and thrown balls deep on the perimeter. He dropped the first one along the sideline but drew a defensive pass interference penalty on the second deep target. Knox adds a big body and physical element to passing game which has gradually been more incorporated as his season has progressed. He faces a tough Baltimore defense on Sunday.


Dallas Cowboys

QB Dak Prescott, 78 offensive snaps, Pass: 32 - 49 - 355 - 2 TD / 1 INT, Rush: 4 - 25 - 0
Prescott threw the ball a season-high 49 times in the home Thanksgiving loss to Buffalo. Prescott was on point early, posting an opening drive touchdown with strong throws to Amari Cooper on multiple occasions and finishing with a rollout touchdown to Jason Witten. However, turnovers were the theme of the game for Dallas until a garbage time touchdown, with a fumble lost in the pocket and an ugly interception right to a defender on a screen pass design to set up Buffalo. Prescott converted a fourth-and-one sneak as Dallas was bold at their own 20-yard-line in the first half. Prescott threw another interception, but it was negated by penalty. Finally, Prescott missed a wide-open Ezekiel Elliott in the flat on fourth down in the red zone with the game still in doubt. The schedule does not ease up for the playoff-seeking Cowboys next week in Chicago.

RB Ezekiel Elliott, 69 offensive snaps, Rush: 12 - 71 - 0, Rec: 7 - 66 - 0 (10 targets)
Elliott was efficient on his touches against the Bills in Dallas’ home loss, seeing 19 touches, one of the lowest totals of the season. Elliott had nearly half of his game yardage total in the first 10 minutes, stringing together three chunk plays including two broken tackles and a well-blocked screen pass. When Dallas shifted to catch-up mode in the second half, Elliott was less impactful, adding only one notable play, showing a nice cut and broken tackle on a chunk run. Elliott has not scored in consecutive games for the second time since Dallas’ Week 9 bye as goal line opportunities have eluded the centerpiece running back.

RB Tony Pollard, 11 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 7 - 0 (1 targets)
Pollard sparsely played against Buffalo, seeing just three touches. Pollard had one notable run, moving the pile inside for five years early in the game, but did not impact the game otherwise. Pollard one game of more than 30 yards on the ground, Dallas’ blowout win over Miami back in Week 3.

WR Amari Cooper, 64 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 85 - 0 (11 targets)
Cooper bounces back from being shutout against the Patriots to seeing a team-high 11 targets in the loss to Buffalo. Cooper caught multiple chunk passes on the opening drive and added three more catches in the first half. However, Dallas’ catch-up mode in the second half did not benefit Cooper much with his lone big play chance being an incomplete end zone target in tight coverage. Cooper had an MRI on his knee following the game but avoided structural damage and early reports are he will be available in Week 14.

WR Michael Gallup, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 63 - 0 (6 targets)
Gallup had a solid game against Buffalo but missed opportunities abound for the secondary Dallas receiver. Gallup had two deep targets in the first quarter alone and both turned into incompletions. Later, Gallup snared a highlight reel one-hander on an end zone fade, but a review reversed the call as Gallup was out of bounds. Gallup’s day could have easily included at least one touchdown and surpassing 100 yards.

WR Randall Cobb, 67 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 53 - 0 (3 targets)
Cobb cooled from his red-hot three-game stretch of production. Against Buffalo Cobb saw a meager three targets despite Dallas throwing it 49 times. Cobb did not get on the board until late in the third quarter, a slant route for a chunk gain. Cobb added a comeback route in the red zone and later a garbage time reception to finish his day. Cobb is on pace for his best statistical season since at least 2015 in a rebound 2019 campaign.

TE Jason Witten, 56 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 42 - 1 (8 targets)
Witten found the end zone for the first time since Week 2, spanning more than 30 receptions. Witten came wide open on an opening drive play-action touchdown as Dallas got off to a hot start before struggling for much of the game on offense against Buffalo. Witten saw a hearty eight targets, his second-highest total of the season, but also added a drop and was stuffed short of the first down on third-and-long amongst his opportunities. Witten converted a late two-point attempt in the sound defeat.