Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/13/11

The Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills don’t have a great history. They have not faced off a lot in the regular season, but have met in the Super Bowl twice. Both times Dallas took the Bills to the cleaners. The Bills on the other hand seem to be able to beat the Cowboys when they meet during the regular season. The Bills are three and 1 against Dallas in the regular season.

This is not necessarily a must win game for the Cowboys. Yes, one could argue it is a must win in that Dallas is sitting at .500. That Dallas needs to beat winning teams to justify a playoff spot. (Dallas has only defeated 1 team with a winning record his season) The Cowboys need to win this game because they need to prove to themselves they can win against tough teams. They need to win to prove to themselves they can pull it all together against a superior opponent. They need to win to show gain some confidence as they hit the second half of the season.

Injuries – (not a complete list)

The Cowboys –

  • RB Felix Jones, Mike Jenkins, and Miles Austin are out. It looks like Sean Lee will try to play, but I am not sure how effective he will be.

The Buffalo Bills – NT Kyle Williams, LB Chris Kelsay, and LT Demetrius Bell are all out and could help Dallas in the running game as well as pass rush.

Ware needs to have a record sacks day.

The Marv Leavy plan

Three things the Bills will need to do on offense will be run the ball, exploit the Dallas middle Linebackers, and triple team DeMarcus Ware. The rest of the Dallas line has proven that only Ware can really pressure the QB so stop Ware and you stop the pass rush. For Dallas they will have to stop the run. Recently they have let running backs cut back and use the high pressure Ryan Defense strength against them. This and the injury to Sean Lee has cause Dallas to bring in Barry Church to the box. Church made some solid stops in the last game against the Seahawks, but he is not the answer. If Lee can play he can fill this position. However, I would really like to see Bruce Carter have his breakout game. The Cowboys need someone to cover former Cowboy Scott Chandler and Carter can do it. Its only a matter of does he know the defense well enough.

The Jimmy Johnson plan

On offense the Cowboys need to get ahead and stay ahead. They need to control the clock by running the ball and make solid plays in the passing game. Finally they need to NOT TURN the ball over! This will be huge since Buffalo has been so good at getting the ball on defense. They intercepted Tom Brady 4 times in their meeting with the Patriots. Dallas will not win if they cannot hold onto the ball. They cannot expect a repeat of their victory in 2007 when they turned the ball over 4 times but won. The Bills key is turnovers. If they win that battle they win the game.

Prediction

Dallas can win this game. They are at home. They have a running game and Romo has a good set of receivers. If they have the protection they can put up some points on the Bills and their 27th ranked defense. The Bills are allowing 21.8 points per game and Dallas is allowing 21.9. I can see this going down to the wire with Dallas winning 31 to 27.

Fantasy Focus

  • Tony Romo – Romo has been held in check as of late either by design or plan. I expect this week for him to break out.
  • DeMarco Murray– Murray should have another great game. I expect over 100 yards rushing and maybe some TDs. I am starting him over Darren Sproles and I get return yards.
  • Dallas WR’s – With Miles Austin out, Dez Bryant will have to be the primary target. That will not mean that Laurent Robinson should not perform well. Witten’s day depends upon coverage and the receiver’s performance. Bryant should have had a TD in his last game, he will have 2 in this one. I am starting Dez because I am a homer.
  • Dallas D/ST – Ryan is getting his butt kicked and he will have to do more with less in this game. The Bills have thrown 10 ints this season. Dallas will need to get several to win. If you get dinged for points then this may be a week to sit Dallas. Something may need to happen for Dallas to win and the defense could be the spark.
  • Bills – I would start Jackson because he has ran well and Dallas has not stopped well. If you think the Dallas offense will turn the ball over then I would start the Bills D.

Buffaloin or Buffaloed

The great thing about this game is it could make or break the Cowboys season. Dallas can win and start their run to the playoffs or they can lose and start the end. With only two games to give up for the next 8 it will be a long road. The choice is win and you have a chance. Lose and you are on the outside lookin in.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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