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It’s playoff time in the nfl and we’ve got the final game of super wild card weekend on the field from the Sunshine State. He Dallas Cowboys are on the road as they make the journey to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday night. Dallas finished its regular-season schedule with a disappointing 26-6 loss to Washington on the road last Sunday, missing outright as a 7.5-point favorite. Tampa Bay was beaten 30-17 by Atlanta on the road in their regular season finale, failing to cover as a six-point underdog. In the all-time regular-season series, the Cowboys lead 13-6 and have won the previous two playoff games. However, the Buccaneers have won the last two meetings, including a 19-3 road victory in the first week of this year’s season on September 11, 2022.
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Dallas Cowboys look to defeat Brady and Bucs
Dallas had a massive flop in their regular season finale against Washington, as they were managed by a Washington team that started with a rookie quarterback making his first career start. That ensured the Cowboys would finish as a wild card team at 12-5 and left them as the fifth seed in the NFC. Against Washington, Dallas was less than impressive, trailing 13-0 early in the second quarter and scoring with just six seconds left in the first half to cut the margin to 13-6. The Cowboys didn’t score in the second half because Washington’s defense choked them. Dallas was soundly beaten in every category, as they were outscored 309-182 in total offense, allowed 16 first downs and collected 10, lost time of possession by a margin of 36:12 to 23:48 and turned the ball over twice. . including a pick-six, while forcing only one takeout.
This season, the Cowboys have 14the in the league in passing offense with 219.8 yards per game. dallas is 9the in rushing offense with 135.2 yards per game this season. the jeans are 4the on scoring offense as they average 27.5 points per night. dallas has 5the in the league in scoring defense, as they give up an average of 20.1 points per game. Dak Prescott has made 261 of 394 passes for 2,860 yards with 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions on the year. He has been sacked 20 times for 126 loss yards while adding 182 yards plus a rushing touchdown. Cooper Rush (94-of-162, 1051 yards, 5 TDs, 3 INTs) is the backup quarterback who saw action after Prescott broke his thumb in Game 1. Ezekiel Elliott is second on the team with 231 carries for 876 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season. Tony Pollard has 193 carries for 1,007 yards and nine touchdowns this season. CeeDee Lamb (107 receptions, 1,359 yards, nine touchdowns), Dalton Schultz (57 receptions, 577 yards, five TDs), Noah Brown (43 receptions, 555 yards, three TDs), and Michael Gallup (39 receptions, 424 yards, four TDs ) are valuable targets in the passing game. Elliott adds 17 receptions for 92 yards, while Pollard adds 39 receptions for 371 yards plus three touchdowns, giving the Cowboys a couple of valuable safety valves in the backfield. Brett Maher has made 50 of 53 extra point attempts and 29 of 32 field goal attempts for a total of 60 on the year.
Dallas has a fairly light injury report coming into this game. Cornerback Trayvon Mullen (illness) was the only player not practicing Friday, while tackle Tyron Smith (knee) and defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (foot) were limited. Be on the lookout for updates on their statuses before kickoff.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers looking to survive and move forward
Tampa Bay went through a rough season with all sorts of offensive line issues, guys going in and out of the lineup and the first losing season of Tom Brady’s career. Despite all of that, they still managed to win the NFC South despite an 8-9 record, giving them home-field advantage for this game. Against Atlanta in the Finals, the Buccaneers substituted players generously in what was basically a preseason game for them, and it showed. Tampa Bay led 17-10 at the half before being outscored 20-0 in the second half to end the loss. The Buccaneers were blown out 382-222 on total offense, allowing 22 first downs while recording 12 and losing time of possession by a margin of 34:49 to 25:11. Each team turned the ball over once in the game.
In the season, the Buccaneers are 2North Dakota in the league averaging 269.8 passing yards per game and 32North Dakota in the league in rushing offense with 76.9 rushing yards per game. Tampa Bay has 25the in the league in scoring offense as they average 18.4 points per game while ranked 13ththe in the league in scoring defense by allowing 21.1 points per game. Tom Brady has completed 490 of 733 passes for 4,694 yards with 25 touchdowns against nine interceptions. Blaine Gabbert (6-of-8, 29 yards, TD) and Kyle Trask (3-of-9, 23 yards) are next in line. Leonard Fournette leads the running game with 189 carries for 668 yards plus one score. Rookie Rachaad White (129 carries, 481 yards, TD) is next in line in the running game. In the passing game, Fournette finished third on the team with 73 receptions for 523 yards and three touchdowns this season. Mike Evans (77 receptions, 1,124 yards, six TDs), Chris Godwin (104 receptions, 1,023 yards, three TDs), Russell Gage (51 receptions, 426 yards, five TDs), and Cade Otton (42 receptions, 391 yards, two TDs ) each have over 300 receiving yards on the season. Ryan Succop has connected on 24 of 25 extra points and 31 of 38 field goal attempts with a length of 54 this season.
Tampa Bay’s injury report is relatively short at this point. Guard Nick Leverett (knee/shoulder) was the only player who didn’t practice Friday. Defensive tackle Vita Vea (calf) and tight end Kyle Rudolph (knee) were limited, while everyone else was in full swing. Todd Bowles said Saturday that no one has been ruled out at this time, so keep an eye out for updates on the status of all players.
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This one will be interesting as the Cowboys are trying to snap a series of dismal postseason performances. To put it in perspective, Dallas last won on the road in the playoffs in the 1993 NFC Championship Game against the 49ers. That was three decades ago. Now they have to travel and face a team from Tampa Bay that is extremely tight-fisted and capable of taking down opposing teams. Dallas struggled in the opener this season, kicking a field goal on its first drive and going scoreless the rest of the way. They’ve been fighting each other running the ball and of late they’ve been prone to turnovers. Brady has a perfect 7-0 record against Dallas in his career, and the Buccaneers’ season won’t end on their home field. Take the points, but the Buccaneers win this one outright to advance.
Prediction: Tampa Bay Buccaneers +2.5
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Dallas comes into this game 8-8-1 in its 17 games this season. The Cowboys have seen the backup go 4-3-1 in his eight road games this season. Tampa Bay has stayed under total in 11 of its 17 games this season going into this game. They ended up going over the mark in four of their last five games to end the season. The Buccaneers have fallen behind in five of their nine home games this season. We saw a total of 22 points in that Week 1 meeting between the teams and the bass has hit six of their last seven meetings. With two good defenders, don’t expect a lot of points here. This game ends up falling short of the total.
Prediction: less than 45.5
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