Random thoughts on the Bills’ 16-6 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. We’ll keep this short and sweet, as is deserving of a meaningless Week 16 game:
* The stock report on Tyrod Taylor stays the same. Promising. Still a lot to prove. Clearly worthy of being the undisputed No. 1 QB entering next season. Not yet worthy of getting a big contract in the offseason. Taylor was awesome at times with his feet. He made a great escape from the pocket to throw a 38-yard pass to Sammy Watkins late in the first half. Then two plays later he threw an ill-advised back-shoulder fade for Chris Hogan – the Cowboys were looking for it – that got picked off in the end zone. Taylor made an amazing scramble on the Bills fourth-quarter scoring drive, running for 7 yards on a third-and-6 play from the Buffalo 12. Taylor eluded all four Dallas defensive linemen on the play. Taylor rushed for 67 yards. He was 13 of 18 for 179 passing.
* Mike Gillislee is example No. 8,293 of how running backs grow on trees. The third-year journeyman has marked his name down in ink on the roster for next season. He made a nifty 14-yard catch and run to set up the only touchdown of the game. Then he ran 50 yards for the fourth-quarter TD.
* The best player on the field for Dallas was linebacker Sean Lee. He was all over the field. Another great Penn State linebacker. He came back from a third knee operation that kept him out all last season.
* The most impressive thing about the Bills’ victory over was the showing by the fans. Attendance for the rain-soaked game was 70,172 . . . and we’ll venture to say a good 55,000 were in the stands. The lower bowl was virtually full.