The Cowboys are battling for a division title and the Bills are fighting for their playoff life, so this one should be quite an exciting game.
Before the two teams square off on Sunday here are three bold predictions for the matchup.
1) Dallas intercepts Josh Allen twice as the quarterback records his third multi-interception game of the season
It’s been a strange year for Bills quarterback Josh Allen. The 27-year-old two-time Pro Bowler has struggled big time taking care of the football and is currently tied for the league lead with 14 interceptions. According to playerprofiler, Allen has 24 danger plays and 21 interceptable passes on the year, showing his interception number could be even higher if some luck did not go his way.
Allen has thrown at least one interception in 11 of Buffalo’s 13 games this season. When he does not throw a pick, Buffalo is 2-0 and has outscored their opponents 86-30.
This week the Cowboys’ defense will present problems for Allen and force him into some bad decisions. For the third time this year, Buffalo’s signal-caller throws multiple interceptions in a single game. Jourdan Lewis and DaRon Bland each get a pick as Dallas’ defense capitalizes on Allen’s recklessness.
2) Brandin Cooks surpasses 100 receiving yards in a game for the second time this year
One thing the Bills’ defense has struggled with this year is slowing down team’s number two receivers. Buffalo has done fairly well against the opposition’s number-one targets, but they have gotten burned multiple times by the second option.
Below are three number-two wideouts who have had big days against the Bills’ defense.
- Tee Higgins - 8 catches, 110 yards
- Cortland Sutton - 8 catches, 53 yards, 1 TD
- DeVonta Smith - 7 catches, 106 yards, 1 TD
This week, Brandin Cooks will follow suit with a big day. The 30-year-old will surpass 100 receiving yards in a game for the second time this season and will be Dallas’ leading receiver on Sunday afternoon.
3) Cowboys call and convert their first fake punt of the season
Buffalo in December is a tough place to play, and if the Cowboys are going to win this game they are going to need to take some chances. We’ve seen Dallas play things safe on special teams for 13 games this season, but that changes for the first time on Sunday.
Dallas’ special teams coordinator John Fassel dials up a fake punt with the Cowboys backed up on their own 35-yard line. The Cowboys convert and go down the field to score a touchdown, as the fake punt turns out to be one of the most pivotal plays of the game.