Cowboys vs Buccaneers Preview

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The Buccaneers are hosting the Cowboys Sunday in what has become one of the most talked about games of the week because Americas Team remains winless in the absence of their fearless leader Tony Romo.

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A win against the Buccaneers can possibly keep them in the hunt. The Dallas Cowboys are currently 2-6, but as crazy as it may sound, are still in contention for the NFC East. Ironically, their only two wins came within the division and they still have to play the Redskins twice: which means they could feasibly end up 4-2 in the division with Tony Romo at the helm.

The Giants are 5-4, but face the 8-0 Patriots this week which means a Cowboys win vs the 3-5 Buccaneers and a Giants loss to the Patriots would leave them only 1.5 games back in the division. The NFC East used to be considered the powerhouse of the NFC, but now they find themselves the weakest division in the NFL besides the AFC South which is led by the 4-5 Colts.

The Buccaneers used the first overall pick on Jaemis Winston and he hasn’t delivered as advertised. The Buc’s are currently ranked 26th in pass yards with 225.1 yards per game, but sit at 7th in rushing with 131.9 yards per game. They beefed up the offensive line with the addition of Logan Mankins, who spent most of his career protecting Tom Brady and is considered one of the best guards in the league. The rest of the OL consists of a bunch of guys you probably never heard of. .

Buccaneers RB Doug MartinJaemis Winston has only thrown 10 touchdown passes in 8 games; despite having Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson at his disposal. What the Cowboys need to worry about is stopping Doug Martin. He is not only a RB who can gash a defense on the ground, he is a very effective receiver out of the backfield. The Cowboys are currently ranked 18th against the run allowing 111.6 yards per game.  If they allow him to get to the edge like Devonte Freeman did when he put up 141 yards against them it will be a long day.

The Cowboys are a much better team on paper on both sides of the ball. If Matt Cassel can’t win a shootout with Winston he needs to retire. The Buccaneers are 29th in the league allowing 28.9 points per game. Despite them being 12th in the league against the pass, I find it impossible for them to be able to contain Dez, Beasley and Witten. With the emergence of Darren McFadden, the Cowboys offense should be able to roll over them with ease.

The Cowboys win this game if they can contain Doug Martin and make them one dimensional, forcing Winston to win with his arm and avoid turning the ball over. The Buccaneers don’t have what I would call an elite offensive line and there is no reason why the pass rush shouldn’t be effective which should result in Winston making some mistakes. At the end of the day, Matt Cassel needs to break his habit of throwing the momentum changing pick sixes and the defense needs to do a better job of stopping the run and creating turnovers. Cowboys 21 Buccaneers 17

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  • gcarr1213

    The Bucs I believe rank near the top in terms of creating turnovers, not good when you have a turnover prone QB like ours.

  • gcarr1213

    Doug Martin is one of the RB I hope we target in FA next year. I would be fine with that if it means McFadden, Dunbar, Martin, and maybe Williams are on the team. What do you think of Martin?

  • gcarr1213

    I am concerned about Mike Evans on our CB. I might consider using Byron on him, or always offering support in coverage wherever he is lined up. I think Byron needs to follow Evans around to take him out of the plays.

  • gcarr1213 I wanted him when he was at Boise. He would kill it behind our OL

  • gcarr1213 I wanted him when he was at Boise. He would kill it behind our OL

  • gcarr1213 That’s a valid point. I expect Beasley to raise hell in the slot.

  • gcarr1213 I think Jones should be at FS in this game with White in the slot.

  • gcarr1213

    albeam17 gcarr1213 I think Jones should play FS too, but always having him in zone coverage to help the CB. I am not comfortable with guys like Carr covering him. I feel they will need a lot of help. You can probably bring Church down to help the run game and leave Byron as the single high S for Evans.

  • gcarr1213

    I would hope for Dallas to draft a LB or CB. But in a trade down. Ezekiel Elliott is looking like a monster if he could run behind this line. Elliott has 14 straight 100 plus yard games. He also has tremendously improved his blocking, he didn’t do it as much last year, but he is becoming a lead blocker for JT Barrett their QB, and is unselfish in doing so, even though he blocked a lot this past game he still finished with 180 plus yards. He isn’t exactly the same, but he reminds me of guys like Emmitt and Marshawn. What made them really special was their balance and their ability to stay on their feet and Elliott has that.

  • gcarr1213

    I would hope for Dallas to draft a LB or CB. But in a trade down. Ezekiel Elliott is looking like a monster if he could run behind this line. Elliott has 14 straight 100 plus yard games. He also has tremendously improved his blocking, he didn’t do it as much last year, but he is becoming a lead blocker for JT Barrett their QB, and is unselfish in doing so, even though he blocked a lot this past game he still finished with 180 plus yards. He isn’t exactly the same, but he reminds me of guys like Emmitt and Marshawn. What made them really special was their balance and their ability to stay on their feet and Elliott has that.

  • Californy

    Pittsburgh just went 6-4 with a third string qb leading the way.  They also missed their top rb for over half the games already too.  Cowboy are 0- Romo

  • BigDIndiana

    Californy  Landry Jones got stepped on and left the game yesterday. Big Ben came in on one good leg and put up 380 yds and 3 TDs on da  browns. Impressive. I get the point, the steelers are actually playing their young guy and the kid has talent. While we play washed up old guys. Whatever one thinks of Wade Wilson, how would you like to be in his position? If you want a coach to do his job you have to give then something to work with. Something about making a silk purse out of a sows ear???