Both Buffalo and Dallas looking to prove their legitimacy

November 26, 2019 - 11:38 pm

Despite an 8-3 record, a main talking point when discussing the Bills this season has been if they are real AFC contenders, or a team simply reaping the benefits of an easy schedule.

Another opportunity to prove themselves presents itself this Thursday in the form of a primetime, Thanksgiving matchup against the 6-5 Dallas Cowboys.

Like the Bills, Dallas is also hoping to prove their legitimacy to the NFL Thursday. Dallas has stayed atop the NFC East by only beating teams below .500.

Both the Cowboys and Bills have taken almost identical paths to the position they are in now.

The combined record of opponents the Cowboys defeated is 16-49-1 (32% win percentage). For comparison, the combined record of opponents Buffalo has defeated is 21-67 (31.3% win percentage).

The Cowboys haven't taken advantage of their opportunities against the best of the best. In contests against the (9-2) New Orleans Saints, (8-3) Green Bay Packers, (8-3) Minnesota Vikings, and (10-1) New England Patriots, Dallas dropped all four matchups.

Meanwhile, the Bills haven't had that many opportunities to begin with.

In the matchups they have had, it hasn't been pretty.

A 14-7 win against the 6-5 Tennesee Titans was the only victory for the Bills against a team still with a real chance at the playoffs. And that was against Marcus Mariota who the Titans benched for Ryan Tannehill at quarterback.

The 10-1 New England Patriots slipped away with a 16-10 win at New Era Field.

The 5-6 Philadelphia Eagles blew past the Bills 31-13. The Eagles aren't the elite team many thought they would be, but they are still just a game back in the NFC East race. They are still one of the better teams Buffalo has played in 2019.

Just a few weeks ago, the 5-6 Cleveland Browns handed the Bills a 19-16 loss.

Of course, Thursday is important for both teams in securing their spot in the postseason. It is also one of the biggest platforms the NFL can offer to make a statement.

Let's see who pulls off the longer part of the wishbone.

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