Dallas 44, Buffalo 7: The Stampede We’ve Been Waiting For
The schedule for the month of November looked inviting for the Cowboys, but there was a game on the list that was likely to cause concern. Buffalo entered the game at 5-3, but many thought that Chan Gailey’s team could give the Cowboys fits. Dallas didn’t look particularly good against Seattle last week, so if there was a game to cause concern, the Buffalo game was it.
The first half: Dallas had the ball four times and scored four touchdowns. The game was over by the end of the third quarter when Dallas led 34-7.
Tony Romo was on fire in that first half. He did not throw an incompletion until 5:33 remained in the second quarter. He completed 23 of 26 passes for a completion rate of 88.5%. That’s the highest completion percentage in a game for any Dallas quarterback who has attempted at least 10 passes. Ever.
DeMarco Murray has made most of us hope that Felix Jones continues to rest that injured ankle. Murray gained 135 yards on 20 carries with a touchdown.
Dez Bryant and Laurent Robinson both made plays, gaining at least 70 receiving yards each. Robinson scored twice while Bryant scored once, with all three scores coming in the first half.
Terence Newman picked off two passes and returned one of them for a touchdown.
All told, this was the first game in some time where there is almost nothing to criticize. Dallas looked sharp from the opening drive of the game, in which the Cowboys drove 80 yards in five plays, capped off by a great TD grab by Bryant. Jesse Holley got into the action on the drive, catching a 25-yard pass on third down to move the ball into Buffalo territory.
After a three and out for the Bills, it took Dallas 12 plays to score its next touchdown. Amazingly, during the 12-play drive, the Cowboys only faced two third downs. The second third-down play resulted in a touchdown.
Following another defensive stop, Romo found Robinson on a deep post for a 58-yard score. Dallas 21, Buffalo 0.
Remember the collapse against the Lions? It wasn’t going to happen today. When Buffalo scored midway through the second quarter, Dallas answered with yet another scoring drive. Murray’s touchdown after a 14-play drive gave Dallas a 28-7 halftime lead.
Dan Bailey continued his amazing streak and hit on all three of his second-half attempts.
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The Cowboys have scored 40 or more points 43 times in franchise history, including today. However, this marks just the sixth time since 2000 that Dallas has achieved this.
The last time the Cowboys scored 40 or more points was 2008, when Dallas edged the Eagles 41-37.
The 37-point differential was the greatest for the Cowboys in a win since 2000, when Dallas beat Arizona 48-7.
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Dallas is right back in the NFC East race. With the win and the New York loss today, the Giants lead the division at 6-3, while Dallas trails by just one.
The Eagles are now 3-6 with their loss to the Cardinals. The Redskins also fell to 3-6 by losing to Miami.