The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had their losing streak extended to eight games when the Dallas Cowboys defeated them at home on Saturday night, 31-15. The Cowboys came into the game riding a two game losing streak of their own. But as the win helped Dallas’ playoff chances, it most likely hurt the chances that Buc’s Head Coach Raheem Morris will return for another year in Tampa Bay.
For those readers wanting a quick play-by-play review of the game, here you go: Tampa Bay fumble. Romo to Austin, touchdown. Romo to Bryant, touchdown. Romo to Robinson, touchdown. Romo to…Romo, touchdown. Halftime. Romo fumble, Tampa Bay touchdown. Dan Bailey field goal. Freeman to Briscoe, touchdown. Fourth quarter starts. Dallas takes a break, rests some players. Ball game.
In a nut shell, Dallas was ahead 28-0 at halftime. And despite a brief comeback by the Bucs in the third quarter, the Cowboys simply “let off the gas” offensively most of the second half. And the strong running performances by both Felix Jones and the newly signed Sammy Morris, allowed them to do so.
Romo finished the game going 23 of 30 passes for 249 yards and four total touchdowns. Jones finished the night with 108 rushing yards with a nice 4.9 yards per carry average. Veteran Sammy Morris chipped in 53 yards on 12 carries.
The Dallas defense did an excellent job containing Tampa Bay’s big three. Josh Freeman went 17 of 27 passes for 148 and a score. Running back LeGarrette Blount had a measly 21 rushing yards. And their outstanding rookie receiver from last year, Mike Williams, did not even record a reception. On top of all that, DeMarcus Ware managed to record his 16th sack of the season.
Dallas will now head home for a pivotal game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Christmas Eve. Then a possible playoff winner-take-all match-up against the New York Giants in NYC on New Years day.