Sorry if this diminishes the thrill of a big Bills win, but the highlight for me on Sunday afternoon occurred at about 2 p.m., when I found out the Jets were leading the Patriots by a touchdown at halftime.
For me, that score was more important than anything happening at Ralph Wilson Stadium. A win by the Jets -- who beat the Pats in overtime -- would keep them alive for the playoffs and ensure that next week's season finale in Buffalo mattered.
Really, I'm not sure I could endure another dreary, inconsequential home game like this one. The Bills beat a bad Cowboys team, 16-6, lifting them to 7-8 in this disappointing season. All that remains is a chance to spoil the Jets' playoff dreams, and avoid a losing season.
Perhaps this lackluster game wasn't totally meaningless. Losing the last two games, including next week's finale against his former team, might have been sufficient embarrassment for Terry Pegula to fire Rex Ryan after one season.
So it was important for the Bills to show up with more focus and determination than they had a week earlier in Washington. If the locker room truly was united, and if the players were behind their embattled coach, they needed to show it against the Cowboys.
Well, the Bills didn't perform like a team that was desperate to win for their coach. But they didn't play like a team that wanted him out, either. They played with just enough determination and skill to beat a bad Dallas team that was playing out the string.
Give the Bills fans credit. They might be unhappy with Ryan and despairing over a 16th straight non-playoff season, but they showed up in surprising numbers in an intermittent rain. They hung around to the finish and acted as if the game was fraught with meaning.
The game wasn't worthy of the crowd support. It was a dreary and uninspiring, like the weather. Dallas QB Kellen Moore, getting his first NFL start, had his moments but couldn't get his team into the end zone.
It was easy to see why Moore has been a marginal NFL player. His throwing arm makes Ryan Fitzpatrick look like Brett Favre by comparison. On a big third-and-9 in the fourth quarter, Moore heaved the ball downfield to an unoccupied space. His intended receiver had run a 7-yard out, thinking he would throw short.
The Bills weren't a lot better. Tyrod Taylor made a few big plays, but didn't make a compelling case for a big contract extension. Late in the first half, with the game tied 6-6, he threw a horrible interception in the right corner of the end zone.
Taylor ran for 56 yards on nine carries to break Doug Flutie's team record for rushing yards by a quarterback. He made a sensational on third-and-7 from deep in his own territory with about five minutes to play, keeping a drive alive.
Mike Gillislee capped that drive by dashing 50 yards around right end for an insurance TD. Gillislee, who has made Doug Whaley look very smart the last few weeks, became the fourth Bill ever to have a 50-plus rushing TD in consecutive games. He has 239 yards on just 23 carries this season.
The Bills added to their league-leading rushing total, gaining 236 yards on 40 carries. Gee, ground and pound and a stifling defense. Sounds like the classic Rex Ryan formula, the one that was destined to break the Bills' playoff drought.
Too little, too late, though I'm sure Rex and the guys will tell us it's "something to build on."