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Cowboys news: Bills throttle Cowboys 26-15, clock is ticking rapidly on the Garrett-era

The Cowboys were embarrassed at home on Thanksgiving by the Bills. Something has to give...

NFL: Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

5 thoughts from Cowboys’ loss to Bills: Is this the end for Jason Garrett? -Calvin Watkins- Sportsday DFW
After this loss to the Bills, the Cowboys have a lot of soul searching to do, will Jason Garrett finish out the year?

Is this the end for Garrett? The Cowboys, once again, have failed to beat a team with a winning record in 2019. How can you believe in a team that can’t do that? Can the Cowboys even make a deep playoff push should they get there? This entire fiasco is on Jason Garrett, the head coach? It’s easy to blame Jerry Jones, the owner and general manager, for the problems in 2019. Jones is of the belief he’s got a Super Bowl-talented roster. The Cowboys are not even close to that right now. And so with Garrett in the final year of contract, his tenure with the Cowboys may be coming to an end unless this team can suddenly turn things around.

Cowboys' season, Jason Garrett's tenure hits low point in loss to Bills - Todd Archer- ESPN
This loss to the Bills stings badly as the Cowboys have yet to beat a team with a winning record, this is a low-point for the Garrett-era.

The Cowboys are now 0-5 against teams with a winning record this season and looked as bad for four quarters against the Bills than they did in their losses to the New Orleans Saints, Packers, Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots.

The Cowboys are only in first place in the NFC East with four games to play because of the Philadelphia Eagles’ ineptness at 5-6 overall.

Yes, the Bills, who are now 9-3, had beaten teams with a worse combined winning percentage than the Cowboys.

Cowboys misery continues with loss to Bills on Thanksgiving- Mark Maske- The Washington Post
After Jerry Jones put the Cowboys coaching staff and players on notice, they still failed in miserable fashion. What's next for the 6-6 Cowboys?

Jerry Jones spoke. The Dallas Cowboys either didn’t listen or simply weren’t able to do anything about it.

The Cowboys are a .500 team late in a season that began with Jones, their Hall of Fame owner, handing out a big-money contract extension to end running back Ezekiel Elliott’s holdout. They’re a reeling team to close a week that started with Jones putting his 10th-year coach, Jason Garrett, on notice. Their annual Thanksgiving home game created a case of indigestion for their fans when they lost to the Buffalo Bills, 26-15, Thursday in Arlington, Tex.

A promising start for the Cowboys, with quarterback Dak Prescott throwing an opening-drive touchdown pass to tight end Jason Witten, gave way to a run of 26 straight points by the Bills. The Cowboys’ record dropped to 6-6, and their lead over the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East was reduced to a half-game. They do not have a victory this season over a team that currently has a winning record.

Dallas Cowboys show all their problems in 26-15 loss to Buffalo Bills - Tom Ryle- Blogging The Boys
The hourglass is a lot closer to running out for Jason Garrett after this stinker.

It started out with so much promise. Then the wheels came off, as mistakes, some questionable decisions, and looking at times completely unprepared doomed the Dallas Cowboys, who appear totally incapable of beating a wining football team.

That describes the 26-15 loss to the Buffalo Bills, but is also is a completely accurate description of the entire 2019 season. The annual Thanksgiving Day game could have been the start to a strong run that would at least have helped create a plausible reason to discuss a new contract for Jason Garrett. But instead it just highlighted all the same issues we have seen all year.

The one exception was that this was no slow start, as the Cowboys drove 75 yards, with a bit of help from the officials, to score on a seven yard touchdown catch by Jason Witten. But that was the high water mark for Dallas. The Bills would score 26 consecutive points. The playoffs are still not out of the question for the Cowboys, but the way they blew this game leaves absolutely no hope that they will be anything other than a momentary speed bump for a legitimate playoff team.

Bills blow out Cowboys 26-15 as Jason Garrett’s hot seat grows hotter –Charean Williams- ProFootballTalk
What is next for the Dallas Cowboys after another stunning loss for a team with such promise?

What is next for the Dallas Cowboys? Does Jerry Jones fire Jason Garrett on Friday?

Only five days after Jones criticized the coaching in the aftermath of a 13-9 loss to the Patriots, the Cowboys were blown out by the Bills 26-15. At home. On a short week when Buffalo had to travel. Dak Prescott had two turnovers; Brett Maher missed two field goals; and Bills receiver Cole Beasley had more than 100 yards receiving for the first time with his new team . . . against his old team.

The Cowboys marched right down the field on their first drive, scoring on an 8-yard pass from Prescott to Jason Witten. And . . . that was the highlight of the day for Dallas.

The rest of the day belonged to Buffalo, with Bills Mafia taking over AT&T Stadium.

From bad to worse as Cowboys are carved up on Thanksgiving - Kurt Daniels -
The Dallas Cowboys start out strong in their annual Thanksgiving game, but mistakes and poor play lead to a 26-15 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Unfortunately, the good vibes wouldn’t last long.

Just as the Cowboys have often been able to erase early deficits in previous games, so too did the Bills in this one. On Buffalo’s first possession of the second quarter, the visitors went on an eight play, 85-yard drive that saw running back Devin Singletary break loose for a 26-yard gain and Allen complete passes of 14, 9 and 25 yards. The last of those was a pass to Beasley over the middle, the diminutive wideout providing the Bills’ first touchdown of the day.

Things, however, went from bad to worse for the Cowboys, thanks to a pair of Dallas turnovers. The Cowboys came away unscathed after the first mistake, which was a screen attempt from Prescott that was instead intercepted by Buffalo defensive tackle Star Lotulelei at the Dallas 29-yard line. The Cowboys defense held its ground, and then Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka’s field-goal attempt going wide right, keeping the game tied.

Jerry Jones on moving on from Jason Garrett after Thanksgiving loss: This is not the time -RJ Ochoa- Blogging The Boys
Jerry Jones exited an emotional locker room but Jason Garrett's immediate future as the Cowboys head coach seems stable.

Many wondered if a rough loss to the Buffalo Bills would be enough for Jerry Jones to decide to move on from Jason Garrett despite the head coach’s contract expiring at the end of the season anyway. In the immediate aftermath of the game Jerry met with the local media and it doesn’t seem as if anything is going to happen any time soon.

Nothing left for Jerry Jones to do but fire Cowboys HC Jason Garrett- Clarence Hill - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
There is no salvaging, no excuses, and certainly no comebacks left for Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. It's time to make a change.

There is nothing left for owner Jerry Jones to do.

And everyone knows what needs to be done. Coach Jason Garrett has to go.

It may not make a difference now, following Thursday’s 26-15 loss to the Buffalo Bills in what was simply an embarrassing performance on Thanksgiving Day, but it must be done. The coaching was bad.

But the players were awful as well, as they opened the game with an easy 75-yard touchdown drive, only to give up 26 straight points to the Bills (10-3), whose victory against the Cowboys was their first win over a team with a winning record all season.

Moving on from Garrett could at least give this lifeless team a kick in the butt with four games left.

The Cowboys lost because their offense was beat down by a stout Bills defense- Sean Wagner-McGough -
The Bills went into Dallas on Thanksgiving and put the clamps on the Cowboys offense when it mattered most.

Why the Cowboys lost

Their offense sputtered. Yes, their defense failed to slow down Allen, but we knew their defense wasn’t any good heading into the matchup. It’s what we expected. The first 12 weeks of the season demonstrated that. But we expected more from an offense that came into the game ranked second in DVOA and fourth in points per drive.

The Cowboys took the opening possession of the game and marched downfield for a touchdown. They didn’t score again until garbage time -- with kicker Brett Maher notably missing two field goals. Ezekiel Elliott ran well against a bad run defense, but once the Cowboys fell into double-digit deficit in the second half, he understandably wasn’t able to impact the game. Prescott turned the ball over twice in the second quarter with a gift of an interception on a screen pass he should’ve dirted and a fumble that was later turned into a Bills touchdown.

The Cowboys managed to pile up 426 yards on offense, but scored only 15 points -- and eight of those points came late in the fourth quarter when the Bills had already secured the win. Prescott was lucky to escape with only two giveaways. Maher was a disaster. And the Cowboys appear to be in the process of unraveling.

Jason Garrett's job security only discussion after Bills embarrass Cowboys - K.D. Drummond- CowboysWire
The Dallas Cowboys finally started off hot but the finish was an excruciating three quarters of mistakes and pain for the home team.

ESPN’s Ed Werder reported prior to the game that the front office had decided to let Garrett finish the season. This performance is going to test the patience of owner Jerry Jones. It has to be a total sense of frustration for the team to fix one of it’s biggest ailments, starting out slow, and then not do any of the other things that had let them stay afloat.

So yes, the Cowboys are still in prime position to make the playoffs, unbelievably based on their performances since starting 3-0.

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