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Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys: Second-half open thread

Bills RB James Cook and Buffalo’s offensive line have dominated Cowboys’ defense

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The Buffalo Bills are physically dominating the Dallas Cowboys, riding the wave that is running back James Cook — how looks more like Thurman Thomas did in his prime. At the half, Buffalo leads Dallas 21-3 and the game feels less close than that score explains.

To this point, the biggest concern for the Bills might be where Josh Allen’s original play-sheet armband went

Through 30 game minutes, the Bills look like the 10-3 team putting the league on notice, not one currently 7-6 and fighting for their playoff lives against some challenging odds.

If it appears as though Buffalo’s offense has been on the field a lot, that’s because interim offensive coordinator is calling a masterful game, one that’s even overcoming a concerning amount of drops by the team’s top two pass catchers: wide receiver Stefon Diggs and tight end Dalton Kincaid. We saw Kincaid change his gloves, but it remains to be seen what the second half holds for Diggs’ hands.

But back to those drives on offense:

The Cowboys won the toss and deferred, which was their first mistake. That led to a 12-play drive lasting 6:54, and ending in a touchdown run by running back Latavius Murray. After a wayward three-and-out on their second series, Brady and the offense were further dialed in. Drive three for the Bills — ending in a touchdown pass from Allen to Cooks — went 11 plays for 71 yards in 4:44. On their fourth drive, Buffalo — another touchdown, this time a run by Josh Allen — went 61 yards over 11 plays in 5:37. The final possession for the Bills? A kneel-out to the half, which will find Dallas on offense to begin the third.

It’s clear that the Buffalo Bills are intent on sending a message, and Dallas might have been unprepared to face such adversity. It’s important to remember that there’s an entire half left to play, so letting off the gas would be unwise by head coach Sean McDermott. It’s difficult to find much fault among any of the team’s three phases at halftime, and they’ll need to continue firing on all cylinders — while perhaps cutting down on the personal fouls. Winning the penalty battle isn’t enough, if even one of those penalties leads to game-changing points.

That’s key to remember when you consider the three personal foul penalties by the Cowboys that allowed the Bills to remain on the field — and score.

This is the largest second-half deficit for the Dallas Cowboys in three seasons.

Here’s your second-half thread to enjoy the remainder of Bills-Cowboys. Remember to be kind to one another, Bills Mafia, or otherwise. Here we go, y’all — Go Bills!