DALLAS, TX ( By: Chris Brown www.buffalobills.com ) The Dallas Cowboys offense has a streaky quarterback and a couple of elite playmakers. In the first half of Buffalo’s road tilt with Dallas, Tony Romo was hot and his playmakers delivered in a game that was over at halftime and didn’t change much in the second half of what became a 44-7 final.
From the opening possession Dallas’ offense was hitting on all cylinders. Romo promptly marched the Cowboys 80 yards on just five plays capping their first drive with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Dez Bryant, despite tight coverage by Leodis McKelvin for an early 7-0 lead.
Dallas would score touchdowns on the next three drives, which covered 78, 58 and 80 yards. Romo threw two more scoring passes in the first half both of which went to Laurent Robinson for five and 58 yards. DeMarco Murray capped the near perfect first half for the Cowboys offense with a one-yard run to make it 28-7 at the break.
Buffalo could not generate a pass rush on Romo, who looked more than comfortable in the pocket. The Bills committed to coverage for most of the half, but they had no answer for Jason Witten or Bryant who collectively had 10 catches for 99 yards including four of the Cowboys seven third down conversions.
Romo was 18-19 passing for 237 yards and three touchdowns with a passer rating that was just one tenth from being perfect (158.2). The Cowboys were perfect on third down where they were 7-7 in the first half.
Buffalo’s only scoring drive came after the Bills were already down three touchdowns. Ryan Fitzpatrick hit David Nelson for a three-yard touchdown catch underneath over the middle to make it 21-7. But the Dallas attack re-established their 21-point lead on their ensuing possession.
Starting with the ball in the second half, the Bills put together a good drive, but on a 4th-and-2 at the Dallas 17, Donald Jones could not come up with a pass in the front right corner of the end zone with good coverage from Alan Ball to keep the score 28-7 in favor of the Cowboys.
Buffalo’s offense could not get it in gear after that while the Cowboys added a pair of field goals to their lead in the third quarter (34-7). Dallas added 10 more points to the blowout with another field goal and interception return for a touchdown by Terence Newman in the fourth quarter.
Making things worse were injuries suffered by George Wilson and Eric Wood. Wilson exited the game late in the first half with a stinger and did not return. Wood suffered a right knee injury trying to make a tackle after an interception in the second half. Linebacker Chris White also suffered a knee injury while covering a punt and had to be carted off the field.
The loss marked the first time the Bills have dropped back-to-back games. At 5-4 the Bills will need to rebound and post a victory at Miami next Sunday.
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