Trick TD sparks Bills in win over Cow­boys

Times Standard (Eureka) - - SPORTS - By Schuyler Dixon

AR­LING­TON, TEXAS >> John Brown be­came the first Buffalo re­ceiver to throw a touch­down pass and the Bills went on to beat the Dal­las Cow­boys 26-15 on Thurs­day.

Bills quar­ter­back Josh Allen ran for a touch­down and threw a TD pass to Cole Beasley, who had 110 yards re­ceiv­ing in his first game against his for­mer team. The Bills (9-3) got their first Thanks­giv­ing win since 1975 in their first ap­pear­ance on the hol­i­day in 25 years.

The Cow­boys (6-6) stum­bled af­ter scor­ing a touch­down on their open­ing drive, giv­ing Philadel­phia a chance to re­join them atop the NFC East af­ter their fourth dou­ble-digit loss in the past six Thanks­giv­ing games.

A lack­lus­ter show­ing for Dal­las’ sixth loss in nine games came four days af­ter owner Jerry Jones blasted the coach­ing staff fol­low­ing a loss to New Eng­land from a team that en­tered the sea­son with lofty ex­pec­ta­tions.

Allen was 19 of 24 for 231 yards and a ca­reer-best 120.7 passer rat­ing as Bills won their third straight game and so­lid­i­fied their hold on an AFC wild-card spot.

The sec­ond-year quar­ter­back found the ball at the bot­tom of a pile af­ter fum­bling a snap on fourth-and-1, quickly reached the ball over the first down spot and then stum­bled for­ward 3 yards to the Dal­las 28.

On the next play, Brown took a pitch on a dou­ble re­verse and lofted the ball to wide-open run­ning back Devin Sin­gle­tary for Buffalo’s first lead at 13-7 in the sec­ond quar­ter.

The Cow­boys couldn’t blame a sput­ter­ing of­fense on the con­di­tions af­ter the windy and rainy loss to the Pa­tri­ots.

Ezekiel El­liott had 54 yards rush­ing and another 20 re­ceiv­ing in the first nine min­utes, but wasn’t much of a fac­tor the rest of the way. He fin­ished with 71 yards rush­ing and 66 re­ceiv­ing.

Sin­gle­tary be­came the lat­est back to have a splashier day than the two-time rush­ing cham­pion, rush­ing for 63 yards with 38 more re­ceiv­ing. The 28yard score was the eas­i­est play he had all day, wait­ing for Brown’s throw to come down and waltz­ing into the end zone.

MICHAEL AINSWORTH — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Buffalo Bills quar­ter­back Josh Allen cel­e­brates af­ter re­cov­er­ing a fum­bled snap against the Dal­las Cow­boys in Ar­ling­ton, Texas, Thurs­day.

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