Here we go. It’s late November and the Buffalo Bills find themselves firmly in the playoff picture. Currently, at 8-3 and with a two-game lead on the rest of the wild card, it’s hard not to feel good about what’s going on at One Bills Drive. It’s been said over and over again this season. These are not the same old Bills.
So, with a Thanksgiving Day match up with the Dallas Cowboys, let’s try to remember one thing: This Bills team is good and can play with anyone. Which leads me to this week’s Thursday Thought: Do not be intimidated by the Cowboys. That’s right, I said it. The Cowboys should not scare you. Let me explain.
To begin, the Bills are a legit team, just in case you didn’t already know. With a defense that is among the best and an offense that is getting better and better each week, the Bills are a tough out. I say this not because I’m biased or a Bills fan, it’s a fact. Ask the Denver Broncos their thoughts about the Bills.
This team has always played hard under Sean McDermott, and now that the offense is starting to catch up a bit to the defense, this makes the Bills a challenging opponent. Plus, Josh Allen always seems to have a handful of plays each game that maybe a few, if any, other quarterbacks in the NFL could make.
When taking a closer look at the Cowboys, they appear less scary than one might think. To start, the Cowboys six wins this season have been to teams none of which have a winning record. Even the Bills who have had their schedule criticized all season, have a victory over a team with a winning record (the Titans are 6-5).
Another reason why the Cowboys are not as high and mighty as they’d like they may appear is that they have been incredibly undisciplined against good teams this season. This is part of the reason why they haven’t beaten any good teams this season. The Cowboys have played sloppy and mistake-ridden games against quality opponents. Just look at last week’s game against the Patriots. Dallas committed seven penalties and had a turnover, which is a big reason why they didn’t leave Foxborough with a win.
Finally, there is some real drama brewing in the Big D. Following their loss to the Patriots, owner Jerry Jones had this to say, “Special teams is a total reflection of coaching. To me, special teams is 100 percent coaching. It’s 100 percent coaching. It’s strategy. It’s having players ready. … Special teams is nothing but coaching.”
Essentially Jones called out the coaching staff, led by head coach Jason Garrett who has been on the hot seat recently after the Cowboys have fallen a bit from their good start this season. Could this distraction get in the way of the team’s preparation for this week or will it motivate them to play for their coach? We’ll find out on Thursday, but for now, this is clogging the Dallas media and being talked about everywhere.
Everyone, it’s time to get ready. Dip your wings in blue cheese, get the Shout Song on queue and gather around your television sets. The Bills have a legit chance to make a statement win on national TV. This Cowboys should not intimidate the Bills or you.
Before I finish, I’d like to wish everyone a happy and wonderful Thanksgiving. I’d also like to give thanks to all of you, the readers, for supporting not only myself, but also the Buffalo Fanatics. Without you, there wouldn’t be this website or the Buffalo Fanatics. So, thanks for your support. Have a joyous day filled with friends and family!
Mitch Broder is a contributor for The Buffalo Fanatics. To contact him, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @mitchell_broder