Allen, Bills score 26 straight to handle Cowboys
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills looked right at home on a national stage.
Allen threw for 231 yards and a touchdown, completing 12 straight passes at one point, and the defense checked the Dallas Cowboys after an opening touchdown drive Thursday, Nov. 28, in a convincing 26-15 win in Arlington.
Buffalo (9-3) tightened its grip on an AFC playoff spot and moved within 1 1/2 games of New England, which plays at Houston on Sunday night, for first place in the East. Meanwhile, Dallas dropped to 6-6, just a half-game ahead of Philadelphia, who visits Miami on Sunday, for first in the NFC East.
Allen completed 19 of 24 passes, spraying his completions to seven different receivers, and rushed for a score in his first nationally televised game. He made frequent use of former Cowboy Cole Beasley, who caught six balls for 110 yards and a score in his homecoming game.
Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott hit on 32 of 49 passes for 355 yards and two touchdowns, but also tossed an interception and lost a fumble. He found Ventell Bryant for a 15-yard score with 4:01 left in the game, but it was too little, too late.
Prescott got the Cowboys off to a fast start, hitting tight end Jason Witten with an 8-yard scoring strike less than 4 1/2 minutes into the game. But the game's remainder belonged to Buffalo.
Allen found Beasley for a game-tying 25-yard touchdown pass with 8:01 left in the second quarter, capping an eight-play, 85-yard drive. The Bills used trickery to take the lead for good on the first play after the two-minute warning, as wide receiver John Brown took a reverse and threw to Devin Singletary for a 28-yard score. The Bills led 13-7 at half after Stephen Hauschka missed the extra point.
Buffalo took the second-half kickoff and scored on Hauschka's 41-yard field goal that banked in off the right upright, then upped the margin to 23-7 when Allen scrambled 15 yards for a touchdown with 3:37 left in the third quarter.
Hauschka's 26-yard field goal with 8:20 remaining in the game gave the Bills a three-score lead at 26-7.