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article imageNFL: Cowboys give Bills their second loss in a row, 44-7

By Austin Tyler     Nov 14, 2011 in Sports
Dallas - Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills started off the season smoking, but the last two weeks has been trouble with back-to-back losses. They had a tough loss to the New York Jets, and took another one this week to the Dallas Cowboys.
The Dallas Cowboys (5-4) hosted the Buffalo Bills (5-4) in a Week 10 matchup that would either make or break both teams. With this win today the Cowboys have now won two in a row, and seem to be back on their way to getting on track. For the Bills, it is starting to look like the Bills of old as they cannot manage to get their offense going.
Dallas started out with the ball and Tony Romo (23/26, 270 yards, 3 TD’s) got their offense going early. Romo connected with Demarco Murray (6 receptions, 36 yards) on a 15-yard pass, and then Murray (20 carries, 135 yards, 1 TD) had a 4-yard run. Jesse Holly then caught his only pass of the day for 25-yard on a pass from Romo that put them in Buffalo territory. On the next play Dez Bryant (6 receptions, 74 yards, 1 TD) hit the Bills defense with a stop and go route that went for 34-yards and a touchdown. That gave the Cowboys a quick 7-0 lead.
Buffalo got the ball on the ensuing drive, but could not do anything with it as they went four and out quick losing 4-yards. The Cowboys took over and Romo went back to work, but Murray got the drive going with his legs. Murray had a 13-yard run and then caught an 11-yard pass to get back-to-back firstdowns. Romo later hit Bryant for a 13-yard pass and then caught Jason Witten (5 receptions, 37 yards) with a 3-yard pass. After a Murray run, Romo throw his second touchdown pass to Laurent Robinson (3 receptions, 73 yards, 2 TD’s) to make it a 14-0 lead.
The Bills got the ball, and began to move it a little but fall short being forced to punt it away after nine plays. The biggest gains on the drive were an 11-yard pass to David Nelson (4 receptions, 31 yards, 1 TD) from Ryan Fitzpatrick (20/31, 146 yards, 1 TD, 3 Int’s) and a 12-yard scramble from Fitzpatrick.
On the first play of the Cowboys drive Romo dropped back and hit Robinson for a 58-yard pass for a touchdown. That was Romo’s 11th pass of the game and he was 11 for 11 with 3 touchdowns already and a 21-0 lead to start the second quarter.
Buffalo got the ball going on their next drive as they were finally able to get down the field. Fitzpatrick and Nelson connected for a 9-yard pass and catch to start the drive. Fitzpatrick then had another big gain when he and Scott Chandler (3 receptions, 34 yards) connected for 18-yards. Fred Jackson (13 carries, 114 yards) then had a 19-yard run before Fitzpatrick connected with Nelson for a 3-yard touchdown pass to make it 21-7.
Dallas took over after the score and Murray was the focus of the offense again. Murray started the drive with a run, and then caught two passes. The second pass went for a gain of 17-yards and a firstdown. Romo and Witten then connected for a 17-yard pass as the Cowboys offense was rolling. Romo hit Witten and Bryant for firstdowns, and Murray finished the drive with a 1-yard run for a touchdown. That made it a 27-7 game with 1:05 left in the half.
Fitzpatrick and the Bills got the ball to start the second half and continued to struggle. Jackson had a 13-yard run to start the drive as they tried to get it moving with the running game. Jackson later had a 19-yard run to keep the drive going with another firstdown. The drive then stalled and they were forced to punt it away again.
With 5:49 left in the third quarter the Cowboys got the ball back and started their drive. Romo had a 12-yard pass to Bryant for a first down. He then hit Kevin Ogletree with a 17-yard pass to get them in Buffalo territory. The drive then stalled and David bailey came on and made a 45-yard field-goal to make it a 31-7 lead.
Buffalo got the ball back on the ensuing drive, but Fitzpatrick threw an interception on the first play of the drive. Terrence Newman jumped in and picked off the pass and gave the Cowboys good field position. The Cowboys took over and could only gain 10-yards on a Murray run before Bailey had to come on and kick another field-goal. This one was from 36-yards and the score was now 34-7 to end the third quarter.
The Bills started the fourth quarter with the ball. Fitzpatrick and Donald Jones (6 receptions, 51 yards) connected on an 18-yard pass for a firstdown. Jackson then got a handoff that went for 10-yards, but he fumbled after being hit by Gerald Sensabaugh. Jay Ratliff recovered the ball for the Cowboys after the call was reversed. The play was not ruled a fumble, but it was challenged by the Cowboys and the refs revered it giving them the ball.
With 12:55 left in the game, the Cowboys used Murray and the running game to move the ball. The Cowboys split the run duty between Murray and Phillip Turner (11 carries, 29 yards). Murray had two gains of 12-yards, and one gain of 11-yards to try and keep the drive going. The drive later stalled and Bailey came on for another field-goal and makes it a 37-7 game.
With no other options and the Bills down big, they put the ball in Fitzpatrick’s hands. On the first play of the drive Fitzpatrick threw another interception, but this one went back for a touchdown. Newman got his second pick of the game and took it back 43-yards for a touchdown that made it a 44-7 game.
There was 4:54 left in the game and the Bills got the ball on the ensuing kickoff. Jackson started the drive with an 8-yard run. The Bills then tried to move the ball with a mix of run and pass, but Fitzpatrick ended the drive by throwing his third pick of the game. Frank Walker picked off the pass and put the stamp on the game.
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