TPP Pregame Report: Bucs vs. Cowboys

TAMPA, FL — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9) vs Dallas Cowboys (7-6)

Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

Time: 8:20EST/7:20 CST

TV: NFL Network

Announcers: Mike Mayock, Brad Nessler, Alex Flanagan

Weather: Clear, 70°F

Line: Cowboys by 7

Injury Report: DALLAS — WR Andre Holmes (OUT), DT Josh Price-Brent (OUT), S Danny McCray (QUESTIONABLE), C Phil Costa (QUESTIONABLE), CB Mike Jenkins (QUESTIONABLE), G Kyle Kosier (QUESTIONABLE), WR Laurent Robinson (QUESTIONABLE), LB DeMarcus Ware (QUESTIONABLE), LB Martellus Bennett (PROBABLE), LB Sean Lee (PROBABLE) P Mat McBriar (PROBABLE)

TAMPA BAY –  WR Arrelious Benn (OUT), DT Gerald McCoy (OUT), WR Sammie Stroughter (INACTIVE), DE Micheal Bennett (QUESTIONABLE), DT Brian Price (QUESTIONABLE), CB Aqib Talib (PROBABLE), S Larry Asante (INACTIVE), DT Albert Haynesworth (PROBABLE), QB Josh Freeman (PROBABLE), LB Adam Hayward (PROBABLE)

Key Matchup: Raheem Morris vs. The Coaching Clock

Last Week: Buccaneers lost to Jaguars 41-14, Cowboys lost to Giants 37-34

Last Meeting: September 13, 2009 — Cowboys 34, Buccaneers 21

Series History (Since 2001): Cowboys lead series 3-2

Last Minute Preview: People are quickly losing faith in this team if they haven’t already and they lost faith isn’t just this year. There is a mass panic mode settling in on Tampa and that means bad things for everyone in Pewter and Red. FOr starters Raheem Morris is on the coaching hot seat and is the national favorite to be the next head coach fired.

That won’t happen in season and it’s starting to sound like it won’t happen in the offseason either. With the Glazers unwilling to pay a big name coach big money, they will instead attempt to bring in a defensive coordinator to take the load off Morris, who as the acting head coach, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, is way over extended.

Now, how true that holds will depend on how many 20-plus deficits the Bucs endure in their last three games which has the odds of being pretty high. Dallas can’t close games though and when Tampa has faced those teams, they won. The Vikings couldn’t close in Week 2 and the Colts couldn’t close either. The difference between those games and this game is this: the Vikings and Colts are terrible teams and the Cowboys aren’t. They have questionable leadership in Jason Garrett, but Tony Romo knows how to design wins.

The Bucs don’t know how to stop them from happening. At least when it comes to the other team.

Dallas is also fighting for their playoff lives tonight with a loss to New York (in fabulous meltdown fashion) really hurting them and making them hungry for a win.



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