Cowboys (4-0) vs. Bills (1-3) Monday, October 8, 7:30 PM CT on ESPN
Week 5 Preview:
The Dallas Cowboys will play their 3rd primetime game Monday Night when they battle the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Cowboys will be looking for their 1st 5-0 start since 1983 while the Bills will be looking to pull the upset and win their 2nd straight game on the season after beating the New York Jets last week.
While the Cowboys are 4-0 this year at the quarter-pole of the season, they have yet to score a 1st Quarter touchdown, something that the Cowboys know will eventually catch up with them. The Cowboys must also be aware of yet another "trap" game, and must not look ahead to the game October 14 against the Patriots, or it could possibly cost them.
This game will mark Wade Phillips’ first return to Ralph Wilson Stadium since he was head coach of the Bills from 1998-2000. He was 29-19 during his coaching career in Buffalo, and looks to prove that it was a mistake letting him go. Look for the Cowboys’ defense to be very aggressive early.
That very same Dallas defense will be facing a rookie quarterback in Trent Edwards. He won his debut 17-14 against the Jets, but will have to face a much more explosive Dallas defense. The Cowboys’ defense will face a good test in trying to stop running back Marshawn Lynch, who has 3 touchdowns in 4 games this season. However, the Cowboys’ defense has only allowed 1 rushing touchdown this season, a 1-yard plunge from Cedric Benson Week 3 in Chicago. The Bills’ offense should be careful passing the ball too, as the Cowboys’ defense leads the league with nine interceptions so far this year.
Tony Romo will look to continue his early season success, facing a Bills’ defense that has been depleted on defense. So far this season, Romo has completed 72/121 passes for 1199 yards, 11 TD’s, and only 3 interceptions, giving him a 112.9 passer rating. I guess the big question with this offense is how many points will they put up this week? Their lowest output of the season was 27 against the Bears (one of th TD’s was a defensive TD). The Bills will have their hands full Monday night.
On the injury front, cornerback Terence Newman, (heel and knee) is probable and should assume his starting role again. Linebacker Greg Ellis (Achilles) is also probable, but will only be used as a specialty pass rusher. Keith Davis (shoulder), fullback Oliver Hoyte (neck), third-string safety Courtney Brown (biceps), wide receiver Terry Glenn (knee), and starting cornerback Anthony Henry (ankle), are all out.