Game Preview: Buccaneers @ Cowboys

Buccaneers (5-2) vs. Cowboys (4-3)  Sunday, October 26, Noon CT on FOX

Week 8 Preview:

Cowboys Getting Close To “Must Win” Situation Against Bucs

The Dallas Cowboys need to right the ship and fast.  After losing three of their last four games, the Cowboys are now 4-3 on the season, and if the season ended last week, the Cowboys would not even be in the playoffs.  A win would put Dallas right back in the thick of things though, so it is imperative to get a win. 

The Cowboys were beat downfield and run all over by the Rams last week, and that is going to have to chnge for the Cowboys to beat the Bucs.  The corners will have to do a better job of tackling and stay on their man for the Cowboys to have a chance to win the game.  The Cowboys still have a lot of weapons on offense, but without Romo until after the bye week, the Cowboys will have to get some help from the defense in this one.   Brad Johnson neds to be much more effective on offense than he was in St. Louis, especially against a stingy Tampa Bay defense that is ranked 9th in the NFL, allowing just 292.7 yards per game, and 4th in points per game allowed, at just 15.3.

After letting Steven Jackson run all over them in St. Louis, the Cowboys lok to stop Earnest Graham. Jay Ratliff will be a key cog in not allowing him to gain big yardage on the Cowboys. 

Running back Felix Jones (hamstring), left guard Kyle Kosier (foot), cornerback Terence Newman (abdomen surgery), starting quarterback Tony Romo (broken pinkie finger), and outside linebacker Anthony Spencer are out.  Linebackers Kevin Burnett and Greg Ellis (calf), linebacker Bradie James (elbow), nose tackle Tank Johnson (ankle), and safety Pat Watkins (neck) are listed as probable.