5. Bills a main course on Thanksgiving menu
Eat your heart out, Bills fans.
For the first time in over 20 years, Buffalo is taking the national stage on Thanksgiving. As they get set to face the Dallas Cowboys, a turkey day regular since 1966, the Bills, who are moving from an occasional side dish on the schedule to a main course, are feeling #blessed. Adding to the excitement, the matchup will mark a Thanksgiving debut for many Bills players, including 23-year-old signal caller Josh Allen.
"The coolest part is obviously, I remember growing up, waking up on Thursday, going and eating and watching these games all day and that's all I did," said Allen. Stuffing my face with mashed potatoes. So, I know there's people out there that are going to be doing the same thing and I'm going to have a good support group there from back home, they're making the trip out as well. There's probably about 40 of them. So, good to see them and there's a lot to be thankful for. Super blessed and really can't complain there."
When the Bills play against the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving, a few players on the roster will be returning to their home state. Scroll through to view photos of the players and their families, and their history in Texas.
4. Cole cooking up TDs with a side of sauce
For a handful of Bills players, the holiday business trip is also a homecoming. Guys such as Jerry Hughes, Ed Oliver, Mitch Morse, Ty Nsekhe, Corey Thompson and Cole Beasley, all have roots in the Lone Star State. For Beasley though, the connection is deeper. An undrafted free agent out of SMU, Beasley got his start in Dallas, where he played from 2012-18. A fan favorite, the wide receiver became known for his ability to make plays and for his unique "saucy feet" touchdown celebration. Since joining the Bills, he's proven a reliable offensive target. The veteran has four touchdowns in 2019 and with one more, will tie his single-season career high. Returning to face his former team, Beasley will bring the sauce – only this time it'll have a Buffalo flavor.
3. Sack Lawson going for seconds
Shaq Lawson is back in action. Looking every bit like the disruptive defender he's shown he can be, Lawson is quickly becoming a quarterback's worst nightmare. During Buffalo's Week 12 dominating win over Denver, the fourth-year defensive end darted and danced around the field, serving up two sacks on Brandon Allen. Ready for a second helping, Lawson and the Bills "D" – a unit that's tallied 11 sacks in just two games – will have their work cut out for them as they square off with QB Dak Prescott and the Cowboys. With five sacks this season, Lawson is putting up the best numbers of his NFL career. On a roll, expect to see this ack master feasting in the backfield.
2. Smoke earning head spot at the table
The Bills did a lot of work to revamp their offense last offseason and as many fresh faces lined the roster, fans eagerly watched to see how the newcomers would acclimate to their surroundings. A consistent contributor all season long, it's safe to say that John "Smoke" Brown has carved out a place for himself as a top receiver in offensive coordinator Brian Daboll's unit, while making his name known around the league. Not only is the six-year wide out leading the Bills with 58 receptions for 856 yards and five touchdowns, he's recorded the most yards by any receiver in the AFC.
1. Humble & Hungry
A phrase that's been adopted throughout Buffalo's locker room this season, "stay humble and hungry" is one that will has come to define the team. Despite their record, the Bills are determined to stay grounded and take things one game at a time. With all eyes on the Cowboys, the Bills do whatever it takes to stuff the competition and advance to 9-3 – the team's best record since 1996. A battle featuring Buffalo's third ranked defense and Dallas' No. 1 offense, this game will bring the energy needed to snap anyone out of a food coma.
Time. To. Eat.