Thanksgiving Day Football, Act II. In the middle game of a three game Thanksgiving Day NFL extravaganza, the 6-5 Dallas Cowboys play host to the 8-3 Buffalo Bills.
These two teams are both middling teams fighting for a playoff spot. Seven of the Bills eight wins have come against some of the worst teams in the NFL. This Bills team features one of the NFL’s best pass defenses and an effective running game. Quarterback Josh Allen has been well below average in his second year in the NFL and the Buffalo offense in general has struggled.
The Cowboys have also been a middling team that has cleaned up on the dregs of the league. Five of their six wins have come against NFL bottom dwellers. The Cowboys on paper should be better than this. They feature the NFL’s #1 passing offense, the NFL’s #8 rushing offense and the NFL’s #6 overall defense. How that all adds up to a mediocre 6-5 record is something of a mystery. The Cowboys are clinging to a one game lead in the NFC East, a division that will likely produce only one playoff team. A loss at home to the Bills would strike a severe blow to the Cowboys’ playoff hopes.
It’s the Cowboys and the Bills in a game that will begin to sort out who are contenders and who are pretenders in the 2019 NFL playoff derby. Enjoy the game everybody.