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Nothing is going easy for the Bills these days, but the 28-25 win over the Lions keeps the team one of the top contenders in the NFL playoff fight.
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Two weeks ago, the Bills escaped a spectacular duel against the Vikings. Then, the storm that hit Buffalo forced them into exile in Detroit last weekend for a victory against the Browns.
After only three days of rest, they were back in action in the triple program of the Thanksgiving, facing the Lions. They were already deprived of their Mitch Morse center. During the game, blocker Dion Dawkins also fell in battle.
Result, the Lions disturbed Allen at will by applying pressure on him 15 times. Already injured in the elbow, the brilliant quarterback of the Bills winced in pain several times.
Worse still, the Bills saw their quarterback ace Von Miller injure his knee.
Despite all that adversity, they found a way to win.
Diggs and Allen strike
Nothing was easy for the Bills, however. Allen, visibly hampered by his injury, completed 24 of 42 passes for 253 yards, but for the fourth time in the last five games he threw an interception in the pay zone.
The center, who also led his team with 78 yards rushing on 14 carries, once again carried a huge burden on his shoulders. In eight first streaks on offense, he and his ace receiver Stefon Diggs only connected on three passes in nine attempts, for a measly 12 yards.
With the match on the line, the fiery duo have regained their luster. First Diggs scored the touchdown that put the Bills ahead 25-22 with 2:40 to play.
It was the ninth time this season that the Bills started a streak with their backs to the wall, inside their 10 line. For the fifth time, this awkward position turned into a touchdown.
The Lions then tied the game with 21 seconds to go, but even so little time, for Allen, it felt like an eternity.
Despite the pain, he fired a 39-yard laser into the hands of Diggs, before adding 12 yards on two carries, to lead Tyler Bass’ 45-yard field goal winner with two seconds left.
This game is a bit of the history of the Bills season. Injuries, adversity, but victories.
The Lions have shown that they continue to evolve in the right direction, even if they did not win their duel of Thanksgiving since 2016.
In Game 2 of the day, the Cowboys once again proved they’re one of the most complete teams in the NFL as they shrugged off their mistakes to beat the Giants 28-20.
Dak Prescott threw two interceptions and the team was penalized 13 times, but when they took control in the second half, the difference in skill with the Giants became stark.
Prescott rebounded well with two touchdown passes and 261 yards. The two-headed monster of Ezekiel Elliott (92 yards, one touchdown) and Tony Pollard (60 yards) made the ground game work at full speed.
Receiver CeeDee Lamb caught six passes for 106 yards and tight end Dalton Schultz scored two touchdowns.
Defensively, the Cowboys were equal to themselves. Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (eight tackles) shone against the run, while Micah Parsons had two quarterback sacks. He became the third player in history to sack at least 12 in his first two seasons, after Reggie White and Aldon Smith.
When everything works for the Cowboys, like the last two weeks, it’s almost a symphony. The Giants, they fall back to earth with a third loss in four games. Of the Cowboys’ two turnovers, they shot just three runs.
Thanksgiving smiles on the Bills | The Journal of Quebec
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