Bills vs. Cowboys: Red Zone Efficiency A Key Factor

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 30: Scott Chandler #84 of the Buffalo Bills scores a touchdown in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at Rogers Centre on October 30, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

By now, most Buffalo Bills fans are aware that their 5-3 football team ranks among the league's best teams in red zone efficiency. Through eight games, the Bills have scored touchdowns on 64.3 percent of their red zone trips - tied for the second-highest rate in the league with Atlanta, and trailing only Tennessee.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are the Dallas Cowboys, this week's opponent for Buffalo. Though the Cowboys once again sport one of the league's best and most explosive offenses - they're currently ranked No. 7 in the NFL, five spots ahead of the Bills - they score touchdowns on just 38.5 percent of their red zone trips. That's the second-lowest rate in the league, ahead of just Tampa Bay.

Cowboys fans call their team's red zone woes "perplexing" and "frustrating." Bills fans, meanwhile, have no reason to be anything other than immensely satisfied with what the Bills have accomplished in the red zone. In a game featuring two teams with efficient offenses, how they perform down close could go a long way toward determining Week 10's victor.

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