With their playoff hopes dashed, the Cowboys headed into their game against the Buffalo Bills with nothing to play for but pride. Sunday’s game proved to be just like so many others this year, however, with the players looking back and wishing they could have given more.
The Dallas Cowboys competed against a team that was also eliminated from playoff contention but the Bills proved themselves far more vigorous during the Week 16 bout.
QB Kellen Moore had his first career NFL start Sunday afternoon and despite his efforts to be an offensive threat, it didn’t appear to make much of a difference. Dallas’ offense was so weak that they failed to reach the end zone. Moore completed just 41.9 percent of his passes for 186 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Due to the ineffectiveness of the Cowboys‘ O-line, the Bills managed to seal the day with a 16-6 victory.
In the game’s opening drive, the team was able to clutch a 3-0 lead as their young quarterback took every opportunity down the field. Moore connected with Brice Butler on a 27-yard strike along the right sideline. He was able to spread the ball around, throwing a 34-yarder to Butler, a 25-yard completion to Cole Beasley, a 16-yard completion to Terrance Williams and a 12-yarder to Jason Witten. Under his direction, Dallas mustered 307 yards of total offense.
Undrafted rookie Deji Olatoye came up with an outstanding play in their faceoff against the Bills. Earning his first start in the league, the 24-year-old cornerback displayed impressive alertness as he snapped the ball in front of wide receiver Chris Hogan for an interception. Darren McFadden also gave his best shot, carrying the ball 19 times for 99 yards. With a total of 997 rushing yards on 227 carries through 15 games, the veteran RB is now sitting three yards away from the 1,000-yard mark.
The Cowboys’ defensive line was strong enough to get a pair of turnovers but somehow, the techniques they were using simply did not work when it came to producing a much needed stop. As a consequence of Cowboys’ incompetence, Buffalo notched up 407 yards of total offense and garnered their seventh victory this year. On the other hand, Kellen Moore and his colleagues went back home with another failure.