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Bills vs. Cowboys: Buffalo steals the show in 31-10 Week 15 blowout win

‘Tis Bills season, for a reason — here we go!

Dallas Cowboys v Buffalo Bills Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills stole the souls of some formidable road-going Cowboys late on Sunday afternoon. At no point in the game did if feel like Buffalo was set to revert to .500 on the season, taking control from the opening kickoff.

There was a time in professional football where teams would have never considered kicking off to an opponent. Head coaches wanted to get a leg up on the other sideline, allowing the offense to get into rhythm early and often. As you saw with the now 8-6 Bills, there’s merit to beginning on offense. At a game’s outset, defenses are often at a disadvantage — less aware of what’s coming and failing to have already established necessary changes to stop an opening-drive score.

Momentum. The Bills thrived off it today, and running back James Cook put the team on his shoulders — with an assist for the ages by an incredible afternoon of football from Buffalo’s entire offensive line.

Clearly, interim offensive coordinator Joe Brady was prepared to attack the heart of the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest weakness. Over, and over, and over... and over again.

There are few teams looking forward to a date with these Buffalo Bills — and for good reason: If they don’t finesse teams to death via a potent passing attack, they’ve proven in recent week that they will engage in a submission campaign should one be called for.

Josh Allen broke his own streak of games turning the ball over, breaking the hearts of national media armchair quarterbacks everywhere. That’s okay, they’ll find a way to break down his afternoon completing just seven of 15 passes for 94 yards and one passing touchdown. They’ll ignore his eight carries for 24 yards and another TD, claiming he’s not the same Allen of old. And then they’ll watch the film. Josh Allen made each and every defender who made contact with him appear overmatched and outwitted.

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs finished with another fairly pedestrian day, catching four of five targets for 48 yards. But that doesn’t highlight his matrix-bending one-handed, left-handed catch out of thin air. On the afternoon, Diggs surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the fourth straight year of his Bills career — and sixth-straight 1,000-yard campaign going back to his roots with the Minnesota Vikings.

In terms of stats, we’ll simply let one player’s afternoon further soak in to accentuate your postgame high:

James Cook: 25 rushes for 179 yards (7.2 ypc), 1 TD; 2 catches (on 3 targets) for 32 yards, 1 TD

For the time being, enjoy this space as your first postgame victory thread, while taking in the team’s interviews following as thorough a throwback beating as can be found in today’s NFL. We’ll have much more for you in the coming hours and days, as we dive deeper into all that played out and more during the Bills’ Week 15 win.

Quarterback Josh Allen — Week 15 postgame press conference

Head coach Sean McDermott

Center Mitch Morse and running back James Cook

Defensive end Greg Rousseau and defensive tackle Ed Oliver

Buffalo Bills HC Sean McDermott — postgame victory speech