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First-quarter analysis: Running game doesn't miss a beat without LeSean McCoy

The NFL's top rushing offense showed no signs of slowing down in the first quarter Sunday.

Playing without starting running back LeSean McCoy, the Buffalo Bills still managed to rip off 47 yards on the ground against the Dallas Cowboys at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Rookie Karlos Williams did most of that damage with a 26-yard run on Buffalo's touchdown drive, which was capped by his 1-yard scoring run four plays later.

Third-string running back Mike Gillislee, meanwhile, continued to impress. He had 30 yards from scrimmage on four touches, including a 14-yard reception that was originally ruled a touchdown before he was ruled down at the 1-yard line, setting up Williams' score.

Kicking woes: The miserable weather in Orchard Park had an impact on the kicking game for both teams. Dallas' Dan Bailey was short on a 50-yard field-goal try toward the scoreboard end of the stadium, while Bills kicker Dan Carpenter missed an extra-point try when he hit the left upright.

New spot: When the Bills drafted Cyrus Kouandjio in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, they probably weren't envisioning him as a starting tight end. But that's exactly what the second-year offensive tackle became Sunday, as Kouandjio started an eligible receiver on the team's first offensive play.

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