The Buffalo Bills are heading into a stretch of their schedule that could tell them, and the rest of the NFL, whether they really are on their way to ending an 11-year playoff drought.
Sunday's game against the Cowboys starts a three-game road stretch that also takes them to Miami next week and MetLife Stadium in New York for a rematch against the Jets, the same Jets team that just last week handed Buffalo its most disheartening loss of the season.
The Bills are 1-2 on the road, with a Week 1 victory at Kansas City and losses at Cincinnati and the New York Giants. They won a road game of sorts two weeks ago in Toronto against the Washington Redskins, but that was technically a home game.
The Bills could have taken a two-game lead against the Jets last week. Instead, they're tied with the Jets and New England Patriots, all at 5-3 in the AFC East.
"We were really excited about this game and to show our division we're here and we're a better team than we've been in the past, and unfortunately we didn't show that," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said to Buffalo reporters.
Former Southlake Carroll star Scott Chandler is making his mark on the Buffalo Bills.
The third-year pro and former Cowboys tight end caught two touchdown passes last week against the Jets, giving him six for the season. That ties him with Jay Riemersma and Pete Metzelaars for most by a Bills tight end in a single season.
Chandler is one of six Bills players who are Texans. Defensive tackle Kellen Heard is from Wharton, running back Fred Jackson played high school football at Arlington Lamar, cornerback Terrence McGee starred at Athens, wide receiver David Nelson played in Wichita Falls and cornerback Aaron Williams played at Round Rock and the University of Texas.
The Bills have the second-most interceptions in the NFL, 15, and sixth-year safety George Wilson leads the team with four.
Wilson, undrafted after a standout receiving career at Arkansas, is one of the league's best tackling defensive backs. He leads the league's defensive backs with 54 solo tackles.
He had a highlight game last month against Philadelphia with 11 solo tackles and an interception.
Dave Rayner, one of the kickers the Cowboys had in preseason, was signed to kick in place of Rian Lindell, who hurt his shoulder making a tackle last week.
Pro Bowl nose tackle Kyle Williams appears close to missing the rest of the season because of bone spurs, sources were telling The Buffalo News.
Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been sacked only eight times, and the Bills' nine sacks allowed are the fewest in the NFL.
The Bills rank next-to-last in the NFL in kickoff return average, 19.5 a return.
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