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Bills must be gap sound with Dallas rushers

Posted by Chris Brown on December 27, 2015 – 10:40 am

Buffalo’s defense is going to need to be gap sound on defense with the Cowboys one cut and go rushers in their offensive backfield. Knowing the game is likely to be ground-based due to the weather the Bills have to be mindful of the one cut and go nature of Darren McFadden and company.

“He’s got blazing speed,” said head coach Rex Ryan of McFadden. “I think that’s the first thing you think about with him. You trying to keep a home run hitter like him to singles. I think that’s the challenge. I’ve had a decent day or two against him but he also had a humongous day against me once when I was with the Jets. So I know the type of athlete he is and obviously you got to…you can’t give him the perimeter cause he’s gonna out run probably everybody you got.”

McFadden’s big day against Ryan was back in 2011 when McFadden was with the Raiders. He rolled up 171 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 19 carries to average nine yards per carry. So being gap sound is essential.

“It’s gap responsibility and gap integrity and it’s really trust and understanding where your teammates fit,” said Manny Lawson. “I have to believe my defensive front is going to be in the gaps they’re going to be in so I can be in the gap that I’m going to be in.”


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WR Bryant, CB Claiborne ruled out for Dallas

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2015 – 5:59 pm

Both WR Dez Bryant and CB Morris Claiborne have both been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game with the Bills. 

Neither Bryant nor Claiborne traveled with the Cowboys to Buffalo for Sunday’s game on Saturday. 

Bryant had initially been listed as doubtful with a foot injury. Claiborne was questionable with a hamstring, but after he was unable to practice Saturday the team chose to keep him from making the trip. 

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Forecast could force more run game

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2015 – 12:58 pm

The game day forecast for the Bills-Cowboys game may lead to even more run game than initially planned by both teams. Heavy winds are in the Sunday forecast and that could mean a lot of Karlos Williams and Mike Gillislee for Buffalo and plenty of Darren McFadden for Dallas.

“I would think so,” said Rex Ryan of the likelihood of a heavy rushing attack for both teams. “I think with the weather, I think we’re gonna get a lot of run. I mean it sounds like we’re gonna get some Buffalo wind and so I think that’ll probably lead to the fact that we’ll probably see more run.”

Kellen Moore played his college ball at Boise State in Idaho where the weather can get nasty, but his arm strength leaves him limited when it comes to throwing in windy conditions. Tyrod Taylor’s arm strength leaves him in better position to cut passes through the wind.


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Cowboys place TE Escobar, QB Romo on I-R

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2015 – 10:37 am

The Cowboys made a pair of roster moves Saturday as they officially ended QB Tony Romo’s season as well as that of TE Gavin Escobar.

The Dallas Cowboys placed Escobar and Romo on injured reserve on Friday. The club signed QB Jameill Showers (Texas-El Paso) and DT Casey Walker (Oklahoma) to the active roster from their practice squad.

Romo suffered a second break to his collar bone after returning from the initial injury midseason. Escobar has been dealing with an achilles problem.

The Cowboys are starting Kellen Moore at quarterback Sunday against the Bills.

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Bryant doubtful, Claiborne, Beasley questionable

Posted by Chris Brown on December 26, 2015 – 10:33 am

The Cowboys come into Sunday’s game with the Bills just as beat up as Buffalo. Doubtful for Sunday’s game is top WR Dez Bryant with a foot injury, with slot receiver Cole Beasley questionable and CB Morris Claiborne questionable.

Claiborne was not able to practice at all Saturday for the Cowboys, but his status remains questionable for Sunday’s game. Here’s a look at the full Dallas injury report

Player Pos Injury Game Status
Dez Bryant WR Foot DOUBTFUL
Morris Claiborne CB Hamstring QUESTIONABLE
Jeff Heath S Shoulder PROBABLE
Cole Beasley WR Knee/Illness QUESTIONABLE
Gavin Escobar TE Achilles Out
Chris Jones P Left Knee PROBABLE
DeMarcus Lawrence DE Chest PROBABLE
Rolando McClain LB Concussion PROBABLE
Tony Romo QB Left Shoulder Out
Kyle Wilber LB Shoulder QUESTIONABLE
Jason Witten TE Chest PROBABLE

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Bills will face Moore as Cowboys starting QB

Posted by Chris Brown on December 21, 2015 – 10:05 am

The Bills host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday for Week 16, but they won’t be seeing former teammate Matt Cassel at quarterback. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett confirmed that he will be starting Kellen Moore at quarterback Sunday against Buffalo.

According to ProFootballTalk, Garrett made the announcement this morning on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan. Cassel had started each of the Cowboys last three games after Tony Romo re-injured his collarbone in Week 12. But he was benched on Saturday night against the Jets after ineffective play and replaced by Moore.

Moore was 15-25 passing for 158 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in his first ever regular season action on Saturday night against the Jets.

Cassel was traded by the Bills to Dallas back on September 22nd in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick.

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Bills ‘D’ mindful of big play

Posted by Chris Brown on November 13, 2011 – 7:55 am

Bills S George Wilson and the rest of the Buffalo defense knows they’ve fallen victim to the big play in a couple of their losses this season. They also know the Cowboys have a couple of playmaking talents that can victimize them today if they’re not careful.

“We can’t give up big plays; we can’t give up explosive plays,” Wilson told the NFL Network earlier this week. “They do a great job of having explosive games in the running game as well as the passing game, and now since [DeMarco] Murray has come on he’s really given them a great balanced attack and allowed them to play-action off of it.

“With the vertical threats on the outside, they allow Jason Witten and [Martellus] Bennett to control the middle of the field. Tony Romo has a plethora of playmakers to get the ball to and it takes the burden off of him to always have to make a play.”

WR Dez Bryant and TE Jason Witten are tied for the team lead with 11 third down receptions apiece. Three of Bryant’s 11 have gone for touchdowns this season.

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Stevie: We’ve got to play loose

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2011 – 11:29 am

The Bills offensive production has waned a bit the past few weeks. While sustaining their torrid point production pace from the start of the season would’ve been difficult to maintain Stevie Johnson believes they can get back to that kind of production easily.

“(We’ve got to) just let it go, go out there and have fun,” he said. “We’ve been playing our game plan and we’ve been doing that, but I think we’ve kind of got out of being loose and having fun.  We’ve been a more structured team. That’s what I feel like when we are on offense instead of going out there and being loose. I think sometimes we are more thinking about not making a mistake then just playing.”

Perhaps playing on the road will help them loosen up without there being a home crowd to keep happy.

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Fred running in old footsteps

Posted by Chris Brown on November 10, 2011 – 3:17 pm

Fred Jackson will be closer than any other Bills player from Texas to his childhood roots. Check out our video feature on Fred’s trip back home to his old neighborhood, which is now literally the new Cowboys stadium.

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Chan not about Dallas history

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2011 – 11:08 am

Bills head coach Chan Gailey admitted earlier in the year that beating the Chiefs in the opener would carry a little extra having been fired by that organization in 2009. He was asked if he’d carry a little extra with him this week heading into the Week 10 matchup with Dallas, knowing he was fired by Jerry Jones after just two years as head coach.

“Obviously, I’ve worked a lot of places unfortunately, but it’s one of those deals where you remember your time there and there were some good times and some bad times,” said Gailey. “But that’s not the focus. The focus is trying to win a game. We need to go win the game, we’ve got everything in front of us, we hold our own destiny in our own hands, so we’ve got to go take care of business.”

Jones admitted years later that it’s one of the biggest mistakes he’s made as owner of the Dallas Cowboys. It wouldn’t surprise me if Gailey felt the need to remind him by posting a win over Jones’ club Sunday.

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