ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — In a game that meant more for draft positioning than playoff positioning, the Buffalo Bills took the field against a Dallas Cowboys team that has found little success throughout the 2015 season.
Dallas has had less success than even Buffalo, with their first string quarterback Tony Romo injured, and their backup quarterback in Matt Cassel playing poorly.
The Cowboys turned to Kellen Moore, a journeyman quarterback, to guide their team through the end of the season.
He worked with what assets he had against a Buffalo Bills team with a lot of talent, but with few wins on the season.
Led by Tyrod Taylor, who has made his mark this year in the NFL as a capable and mobile quarterback, the Bills looked to secure a win to potentially finish the season with a .500 record.
Buffalo had a lot of hurdles to overcome, however, as the team faced doubt from both outside and within, along with crippling list of injuries.
That list only grew on Sunday, as John Miller, Marcell Dareus and Marcus Easley each headed to the locker room and did not return throughout the game.
If the injuries were any representation of the game, it moved at a snail’s pace, with both teams struggling for dominance.
Although Buffalo arguably played better throughout much of the game, the team failed to put the nail in the proverbial coffin of the Cowboys with multiple opportunities, including two turnovers, a failed fourth down conversion and a missed extra point kick.
Coupled with several crippling penalties, the entire game’s scores were relegated to a few field goals and pair of touchdowns.
At the half, the Bills and the Cowboys remained tied. Buffalo scored a touchdown and the Cowboys sunk two field goals, however Dallas also had their woes that would hold them back.
The Cowboys also tossed an interception in the second half, and had a hard time constructing a drive without penalties or botched plays.
Multiple times, the Cowboys looked poised to take advantage of field position and potentially score, but were beaten back by penalties or solid defensive stands.
As time wound down in the second half, the Bills had scored their first field goal of the game and were up over the Cowboys 9 to 6, but neither team was able to score again until the game had nearly concluded.
In the end, the Bills would win out as Mike Gillislee engineered a career-long, 50-yard rush, beating defenders to the goal posts, scoring the touchdown. Dan Carpenter would sink his extra point attempt, unlike his previous extra point kick.
His score would only be augmented by a solid special teams play which forced a fumble that the Bills would recover to end the game, allowing the Bills to win 16 to 6.
The Bills improved to 7 and 8 on the season and look forward to their last game of the year as the Jets come to Buffalo, with playoffs on the line for the Jets.