Cowboys vs. Bucs: 5 possible troublemakers to watch
The Dallas Cowboys are going into Sunday’s game needing a win to clinch the division. Here are five Buccaneers that could give them a few problems.
When the Dallas Cowboys take the field this weekend they will be doing so knowing that a win will clinch the division. The team they are going up against, the 5-9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has nothing to lose since they have been eliminated from contention.
With that said they have a few players that could give the Cowboys problems in the game.
1. Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson
Speed kills in the NFL and DeSean Jackson’s has been well documented. His ability to stretch the field is going to be a real challenge for the Dallas Cowboys. Cornerbacks Anthony Brown and Chidobe Awuzie will be tasked with keeping tabs on Jackson. The only thing that may help the Cowboys would be his thumb injury which has kept him out of the last three weeks. Hard to catch a ball if you can’t hold on to it.
2. Defensive Tackle Vita Vea
After missing the seven weeks of the season with a calf injury Vita Vea has returned and is showing why he was taken high in the first round of this year’s draft. A violent player at the point of attack that uses his quickness and hands well to shed blockers and make tackles. He will be a huge challenge given how the center Joe Looney and the rest of the Cowboys interior offensive line performed last week in Indianapolis.
3. Wide Receiver Mike Evans
Normally I wouldn’t add an easy pick like this but there is one specific reason why I’m adding Mike Evans to the list this week. That reason is that he was just snubbed from a well deserved Pro Bowl spot. Evan’s is second in the league in receiving yards with 1,328. He will be out to show the world that he deserves to be in the Pro Bowl against cornerback Byron Jones who actually did make the Pro Bowl.
4. Linebackers Lavonte David and Adarius Taylor
We know the Dallas Cowboys have two young and talented linebackers in Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch but the Bucs have two good linebackers as well. Lavonte David and Adarius Taylor have combined for 153 tackles, two forced fumbles, and one interception. They are quick and both play the run well. If the Cowboys want to have a chance in this game they need to get offensive linemen on these guys.