BUF 26, DAL 15: Cowboys Blow Early Lead, Fall to 6-6

The Dallas Cowboys still can’t beat good teams, and apparently not even average ones. Jason Garrett’s crew was once again outclassed with a 26-15 loss to the Buffalo Bills, and again the loss felt more due to Dallas’ errors than anything their opponent did.

Two offensive turnovers and two missed field goals marked this one. The Cowboys had more first downs and offensive yards than Buffalo but played the sloppier game, and those critical misses and mistakes made all the difference.

Dak Prescott threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns but also had an interception and a lost fumble. Brett Maher missed two FG attempts from 35 and 47 yards.

Along with these big plays was an overall poor defensive effort. The Bills ran for 124 total yards, 43 of which belonged to QB Josh Allen. He also had 231 passing yards and a touchdown.

Former Cowboys WR Cole Beasley had a nice revenge game; six catches for 110 yards and a touchdown in his return to Dallas.

It was a bad effort across the board. Once again, the Cowboys looked unprepared and unable to execute consistently on either side of the ball.

The loss drops Dallas to 6-6 on the year, though still clinging to the lead in the NFC East. Even if the Philadelphia Eagles win this week, they will still be just 6-6 themselves and the Cowboys will maintain their lead thanks to the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Other Notes

  • Ezekel Elliott has a productive day with 71 rushing yards and 66 receiving. Had the team not fallen behind early, Zeke had a much bigger day in the works.
  • Amari Cooper bounced back from last week’s shutout with eight catches for 85 yards.
  • If today’s loss wasn’t bad enough for the division race, the Eagles are on the road this Sunday against the Miami Dolphin Tanks.
  • Dallas will be back next Thursday with a road game against the Chicago Bears. This hasn’t been a strong year for Chicago, but can you really feel good about the Cowboys’ chances after what we just watched?
  • Yes, I’m upset.

What do you think?


Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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  1. FIRE GARRET NOW!!!!!!! I was wanting to see Jones hit the sideline in the last 2 min. and take Garret’s headphones and just point the way off the field.

    • As much as an immediate change would make us feel good, it would also create chaos that would likely kill whatever small hope we have of a turnaround and a playoff run. Jerry can’t take that chance; he sees this as a talented roster capable of figuring it out and contending. And there’s no coach you could promote or bring in right now who could make that happen.

  2. Jerry says there is zero chance for the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl if Garrett is fired. Ok…be that as it may…there is zero chance they win with him either. I think back to last year when they fired there O line coach and replaced him with Columbo. There was an immediate attitude change as well as a change in the performance on the field. In my view this entire team has become tone deaf to his message…including the assistant coaches. They all realize they are on a sinking ship with a lame duck captain at the helm.

    • Easy to say change for the sake of change, but who’s on deck to take over? Kris Richard is looking like a bust, Kellen Moore is too green, and Rod Marinelli was one of the worst head coaches in NFL history.

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