As the sun sets on another losing season, the Buccaneers take another shot at a playoff contender. The Cowboys are desperate for wins and with the Bucs having nothing to play for, the pressure is on in Big D to get the Dub.
Tale of the Tape
|Total Offense||416.6 (3rd)||346.4 (21st)|
|Points Scored||24.6 (12th)||19.7 (26th)|
|Passing Off||318.9 (1st)||215.6 (24th)|
|Rushing Off||97.7 (28th)||130.9 (4th)|
|Total Defense||386.6 (28th)||317.4 (5th)|
|Opp Scoring||28.8 (30th)||19.2 (4th)|
|Opp Passing||258.5 (27th)||224.1 (7th)|
|Opp Rushing||128.1 (27th)||93.4 (5th)|
|Turnover Ratio||-16 (31st)||0 (T17th)|
Bucs Offense vs. Cowboys Defense
Be it “Safe Jameis” or the loss of Desean Jackson from the Tampa Bay offense, the Bucs simply have fallen off track. After facing the league’s top defense in Baltimore last week, the Bucs take on the 5th ranked defense in the league in the Cowboys.
Dallas does everything well, top ten in points against, passing and rushing. This is a Dallas team that held the Saints to just 10 points a few weeks ago.
If Tampa Bay can get some points on the board, especially early, it will help tremendously, as the Cowboys don’t have the most dynamic offense in the league and if the Bucs turn it into a track meet, it benefits the Bucs. On the other hand, a low scoring Dungy-ball style game is how the Cowboys have been winning games in 2018.
Cowboys Offense vs. Bucs Defense
The Bucs have certainly been better under Mark Duffner, but they’re not great. Their facing an offense that doesn’t put up a lot of points or pass the ball very well, but have a terrific weapon in Ezekiel Elliot.
After being embarrassed by the likes of Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley and other runners this season, the Bucs defense has to figure out a way to stop the run, something that was supposed to have been fixed with the addition of Beau Allen, Vinny Curry and Vita Vea. Vea has definitely improved his play, but Tampa Bay hasn’t gotten the job done against the run lately, and that’s really how Dallas can take control of this football game.
Bucs kicker Cairo Santos rebounded from his rough outing against the Saints to nail his opportunities in a rainy Baltimore, few as they may be. Bryan Anger continues to underwelm as the Bucs’ punter and even with Bobo Wilson, Tampa Bay isn’t getting much in the return game.
Dallas dumped veteran kicker Dan Bailey in the pre-season and has gone with Brett Maher,
- Cowboys lead the All-Time series 12-4
- Cowboys have won six of the last seven meetings.
- Tampa Bay is 1-9 lifetime in Dallas, scoring a victory in Big D in 2001.
- Jameis Winston is on a personal 11 game road losing streak as a starting QB.
Dallas is coming off an ugly performance in Indianapolis, where they were shutout by the Colts. The Bucs are, well, the Bucs.
It’s weird that the last time the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were here, they were the toast of the NFL in control of their playoff destiny, had their game flexed to Sunday Night Football, there was
Now, Koetter and GM Jason Licht appear to be in deep trouble, Winston’s status as unquestioned franchise QB is on shaky ground and the Bucs will miss the playoffs for the 11th consecutive season, the second longest streak in the league.
Can the Bucs upset Dallas? Sure. When they play
Prediction: Dallas 23, Tampa Bay 17