Cowboys Defense Holds Off Bucs For 13-9 Victory
The Dallas Cowboys’ defense stifled the Bucs and the offense generated just enough for a much needed 13-9 win on Sunday at Texas Stadium.
The victory improved the Cowboys to 5-3 on the season and allowed them to keep pace with the Redskins and Giants in the NFC East race.
The game sis not get off to a very good start for heir first three offensive possessions were three-and-outs, and Bucs’ kicker Matt Bryant kicked two 36-yard field goals to give the Bucs’ an early 6-0 lead.
The Cowboys picked things up in the second quarter. Brad Johnson led the Cowboys on a 14-play drive, but it only led to a 38-yard field goal from Nick Nolk to cut the lead to 6-3.
After the Cowboys were given ood piosition fter Matt Bryant missed a 51-yard field goal, the Dallas offense drove down the field again. Marion Barber caught a short pass from Brad Johnson for 16 yards, and with just :01 left in the first half, wide receiver Roy Williams caught his first touchdown as a Cowboy on a fade route to give the Cowboys a 10-6 lead heading into halftime.
It was a defensive struggle for the rest of the game. The Cowboys and Bucs traded field goals in the third quarter to make it 13-9 Cowboys heading into the fourth.
There was no scoring in the fourth quater, but the Cowboys had to hang on for dear life to get the win. Tampa Bay drove from their own 26 to the Dallas 18, but failed to convert a 4th and 5 to give the Cowboys the win.
Brad Johnson was just 19/33 for 122 yards in the game, and the Cowboys only generated 172 yards of offense for the game, but the difference in this one was that Brad Johnson did not turn the ball over this time.
Marion Barber carried the ball 25 times for 71 yards, and also caught 6 passes for 29 yards.
Terrell Owens caught 5 passes for 33 yards while Roy Williams caught 2 passes for 10 yards and a touchdown.
Nick Folk nailed both of his field goal attempts from 38 and 45 yards out.
Bradie James and Jay Ratliff had a sack each. DeMarcus Ware did not record a sack in this one, ending his streak of 10 consecutive games with at least one.
The Dallas Cowboys now head to the Meadowlands for a huge game against the Giants on Sunday afternoon. The defense and have to be just as good as they were against the Bucs and the offense neds to be much better to secure the win there though.