The Dallas Cowboys-Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wild Card showdown has more intrigue than any of the first-round playoff games. Tom Brady is 7-0 against the Cowboys in his career. Mike McCarthy could be coaching for his future. Dak Prescott runs the risk of falling to 1-4 in the playoffs with a loss.
You name it, there’s a storyline attached to this game. That would explain why it’s the lone standalone fixture of the weekend. Not even Hall of Famer Michael Irvin nor notorious Cowboys hater Stephen A. Smith could hop on ESPN and drum up a rant or hot take, respectively, to add more sizzle this matchup.
Don’t tell that to Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans, though.
If there’s an unwritten rule leading up to the playoffs that coaches should relay to players, it’s probably don’t give the other team further motivation. Either Todd Bowles didn’t inform the Buccaneers or Evans chose not to listen, because the star receiver took a blatant shot at the Cowboys before Monday night.
“Well, they’re a team that’s simple,” Evans told reporters “They’re a good team, but they’re simple. They don’t run anything really exotic, or defensively and offensively. They’re just a really talented team. We could take that straight up and see if you can beat them.”
You already know Micah Parsons has caught wind of Evans’ slander and shared it with the Cowboys locker room.
More Cowboys News:
- Speaking of Parsons, the All-Pro defender can hardly wait to play his second career playoff game. “Honestly, I feel like as far as we go, these are going to be my best games. That’s just because I want it. Regular season is cool. You guys get all hyped up. But this (the playoffs) is where legends are made,” Parsons said to the media Thursday.
- Jerry Jones doesn’t believe rookie Sam Williams arrest warrant for reckless driving will prevent him from playing Monday night. Williams was cited for misdemeanor reckless driving for his role in a December car accident. Williams’ car was totaled in the crash, and he missed Week 16 with a neck strain.
- Cowboys practice squad defensive back Tyler Coyle suffered an MCL sprain in practice Thursday, per reports. The injury is expected to sideline Coyle for 2-4 weeks, so it could be a season-ending injury. Coyle made his season debut Sunday, playing 21 snaps apiece on special teams and defense.
- Chargers WR Mike Williams has been ruled out for Saturday night’s Wild Card game against the Jaguars. Williams hadn’t practiced all week after suffering a back contusion against Denver in Week 18. This adds to the criticism surrounding Brandon Staley for playing Williams, who had just recently returned from an ankle injury, in a meaningless game to begin with.
- Ravens QB Lamar Jackson posted to Twitter that he won’t play in Sunday night’s Wild Card clash against the Bengals. Jackson explained that his knee is “unstable” and he suffered a “PCL Grade 2 sprain, on the borderline of a strain 3.”
- A potential AFC Championship Game between the Chiefs and Bills would take place in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The NFL approved a neutral site following the cancellation of Bills-Bengals in Week 17 after Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field and suffered cardiac arrest.