Entering Week 15, the Dallas Cowboys were riding high. They had just won five games in a row including a huge 33-13 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. That win put them in first place in the NFC East and while they needed help to keep the tiebreaker over the Eagles, they had everything going their way.
Then, they headed to Western New York and looked out of sorts against the Buffalo Bills. They were blown out 31-10 and deserve to take a lot of heat after going out there and throwing dangerous passes with the game put away already.
As frustrating as the loss was, the Cowboys still clinched a playoff spot on Sunday. Despite that, they lost their lead in the East and made things much easier on Philly. Now, they'll be ready to move on from this loss and prepare for Miami but we're going to take a look back and identify four Cowboys who are to blame for the loss.
5. Damone Clark, Linebacker
Looking at the statistics alone, it seemed as though Damone Clark had a great day. The second-year linebacker finished with 11 tackles, seven of which were solo takedowns. While that was impressive, he was on the wrong end of one huge play.
In the second quarter, Clark found himself in coverage on James Ford and he was outmatched. Ford ran right past Clark and the linebacker was never able to get close. The end result was an 18-yard touchdown reception and a 14-0 lead.
On the season, Clark has been a positive force on the Dallas D. He's taken over the lead linebacker role from Leighton Vander Esch and has done well. But on Sunday, he wasn't the player we're used to seeing and this was just one example of that.
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