The Dallas Cowboys should beat Tampa Bay, led by quarterback Byron Leftwich.
Both teams were battling for a playoff spot last season and the Cowboys came through with a clutch 13-9 win, even with noodle-arm Brad Johnson at quarterback and an anemic offense from both teams.
This year, it’s a lot different. No Terrell Owens. No Joey Galloway. Former Cowboys and current mental case Antonio Bryant has a bum knee. And we have no clue how the Tony Romo-Roy Williams connection is going to work.
It doesn’t matter. The Cowboys have the superior rushing game, and to win they will have to rely on their three-headed monster and their two superb tight ends. They don’t need wideouts for just a few plays a game.
The Cowboys should win easily against the Bucs this Sunday.
Dallas will want to run the football to have the clock moving. The Cowboys have a strong offensive line but it must refrain from costly penalties. Barber can run inside and at the goal line, making him a very valuable player. Felix Jones has speed and will help spread out the defense.
Tampa Bay, on the other hand, has a new defensive coordinator in Jim Bates, and it could take time before that squad warms up. Can Cadillac Williams stay healthy? It’s doubtful. But if he does and the Bucs can play some defense, the came could be close. Both are tough teams.