Bills vs. Cowboys Preview: Buffalo’s Five Key Players

Could Alex Carrington help ease the sting of losing Kyle Williams?

After the Bills pretty much laid an egg all the way around Sunday against the Jets, Buffalo heads to down to Dallas this weekend in dire need of a win. The very talented Cowboys present a huge challenge, especially on the road. Who needs to step up if the Bills are going to escape Texas with a 6-3 record?

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick – Plain and simple: Fitz needs to hold on to the ball. He’s thrown six INTs in the last four games, and several have come at the worst possible times. This game could very well come down to which QB screws up less, since the talented but inconsistent Tony Romo heads up the Cowboy offense.

DL Alex Carrington, Torrel Troup, and Kellen Heard – With the horrible news that Pro Bowl DL Kyle Williams is out for the season with a foot injury, the Bills really need one of these young linemen to step up. Marcell Dareus has done an admirable and at times amazing job filling in at the nose tackle spot, but the Bills need better play all the way around from the D-line. If the Cowboys are able to control the line of scrimmage and just run the ball at will, this game will get ugly.

LB Nick Barnett – Barnett had a rare poor game against the Jets, and it can’t happen again this week. The Cowboys have a dynamic young running back in DeMarco Murray and a passing game that uses its tight end Jason Witten and running backs frequently in the passing game. Barnett has a tough day ahead of him, and if he’s not up for it the Bills are in big trouble.

WR Stevie Johnson – The other Bills receivers are struggling a bit right now, really having trouble getting separation from defensive backs. Free from Revis Island, the Bills need Stevie to have a huge game. This will open things up for everyone else.

K Dave Rayner – The Bills’ new (temporary) kicker could have a huge impact on this game. The Bills and Cowboys seem to play nothing but close games, so would be surprised if this comes down to a field goal?

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