While it is very presumptive for a Buccaneers fan to be looking ahead in the playoffs after a season like this, beating the Cowboys just leads to more pain.
The Buccaneers being in the playoffs is a gift in and of itself. The Bucs didn’t earn all that much in terms of the playoffs, they just got lucky in one of the least-inspiring playoff pushes in a terrible division.
Still, the Bucs are here, and now the focus is on the Dallas Cowboys.
This matchup won’t be easy for either team. Tampa is going up against a roster that is more complete and won a lot more games in the regular season. Dallas’ offense has been much better from a production standpoint and their defense has some pieces that the Bucs have no answers for.
On Dallas’ end, they have to go up against Tom Brady in the playoffs and one of the best defenses in the NFL.
Both teams have their work cut out for them, and the real kicker is that the victor doesn’t have all that much to look forward to with the San Francisco 49ers coming up after.
Neither team is in a real position to look ahead based on their histories and what we have seen this season, but knowing the Bucs will have to play their best game of the season to sneak past the Cowboys just to get the 49ers stings a little.
Getting through the game tomorrow is the focus for now. The good news for the Bucs is that they have already dominated the Cowboys once this season, and finding a way to do that again with almost the exact same roster is not out of the question.
Assuming the Bucs can take care of business, they need to get ready for a game that could be as hard as any in the past few years.
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