To steal a line from the classic movie “Dumb and Dumber,” the Buffalo Bills had us all going “Just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!”
Mathematically, Buffalo’s season wasn’t over with a loss at Kansas City last week; however, the three-point victory helped, and now everyone is thinking playoffs again rather than some weird quotes from Sean McDermott. That dub got them to 7-6 and right back in the playoff race, more on that shortly. Now the Bills have to avoid a letdown, which shouldn’t be hard as America’s team comes to town sitting at 10-3. Just like last week, this game isn’t a must-win, but it’s pretty stinking close. So, without further ado, here are my top five storylines to watch as the Bills welcome the Dallas Cowboys to Orchard Park in another 4:25 kickoff this Sunday.
One could argue the Bills playoffs started last Sunday in Kansas City. That win kept Buffalo in a mess of teams fighting for a spot in the top seven of the AFC. Entering this weekend, the Bills are one of 11 teams with a 7-6 or better record. While their eyes should be on moving into the top seven and getting into the dance, the Dolphins’ late collapse to Tennessee brought the AFC East back into the picture. Buffalo is now two games back of Miami with a head-to-head win, another match-up to end the season, and the Dolphins’ schedule is significantly harder.
Home Field Advantage
The bad news: Dallas is 10-3 on the year and is a Super Bowl favorite.
The good news: Dallas’ three losses came on the road to Arizona 28-16, Philadelphia 28-23, and San Fransisco 42-10.
This game is in Orchard Park.
Josh Allen currently leads the NFL in total touchdowns, but he still doesn’t appear to be getting the love he deserves in the MVP race, finally moving up to the top five in Vegas betting odds after last week’s win in Kansas City. That win propelled him ahead of Patrick Mahomes and Tua Tagovailoa. The guy Allen and everyone else is currently trailing, per multiple sports books, is Cowboys’ QB Dak Prescott. This game won’t decide the race, but it will go a long way in boosting either QB’s credentials.
Read this like you’re singing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
You know Milano and DaQuan and Tre’Davious and Miller…
But do you recall, the latest injuries of all…
All of Bills’ Mafia know them by name…
Now there’s Epenesa and Hyde and even Kincaid…
Hopefully, my nonsense distracted you for a minute from how dinged up the Bills are as I write this.
My Coach is Worse Than Yours
This one is subjective, but I don’t believe there are currently two more successful coaches than Sean McDermott and Mike McCarthy, who have a fan base that loves to hate them. McCarthy is 40-23 as the leader of the Cowboys, but man, do they despise him. Especially my uncle, who passed this summer. The vitriol he receives may only be usurped by the hate for Sean McDermott, who is 69-41 as the boss of the Bills. McDermott is also one of two humans to have an NFL playoff win in each of the last three seasons. Best of luck to the loser of this game.
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