Intriguing Game- Week 15
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5) at Dallas Cowboys (11-2)
Bucs: Five wins in a row and counting and I don’t think many saw this coming from them. They’ve won some impressive games. The road battle in Kansas City and everyone knows just how difficult it is to get a win at Arrowhead but they did it, though. After that came the Seattle game and they held a good Seahawks offense to a total of five points and pressured Russell Wilson throughout the game and let’s be real, the Buccaneers didn’t stand too much of a chance with Seattle in town. After that game, they travel to San Diego and beat the Chargers. It’s one thing to win a game on the road, but this is a big one considering teams from the eastern time zone struggle so much on the west coast. Last week, they shut the Saints down and anytime that you can keep a Drew Brees-led offense to under 20 points, you’re doing something right. I love the energy this football team plays with and it starts up top with the coach. Dirk Koetter is a dark-horse candidate for coach of the year if the Buccaneers do indeed win the NFC South and the franchise made the best choice by staying in house after the dismissal of Lovie Smith. It’s good to see them getting some love and recognition and they’ll be under the national spotlight of things on Sunday night at JerryWorld.
Cowboys: 11 wins in a row was what they had. Let’s be very honest here, the Cowboys didn’t look all that great in their last two games. When they faced the Minnesota Vikings a few weeks back, they were punched in the mouth up front and their offense hasn’t been as explosive as we’ve seen. Then last week, their problems caught up to them once and for all as the Giants simply had the game in their favor. Zeke was shut down and really couldn’t get anything going and if you get some pressure on Dak Prescott and flush him to the opposite side of the pocket (his left), he has a hard time making anything happen down the field. I will honestly say that I feel this loss is a blessing a disguise and let me explain why before you read this and look at me like I’m crazy. Double-digit winning streaks in the NFL are so rare, especially in a single season. I think people speak more about the streak than they do them having to play football and now they can just focus on finishing up the season and trying to lock up and first-round bye in the NFC playoffs and the NFC East division title for the first time since 2014. They’ll also look to get back into the win column with a win over a Bucs team that’s on a streak of their own right now.
Buccaneers Player To Watch: Alterraun Verner– We talk about so many of the great corners in today’s game from Pat P, Sherman, Joe Haden and Josh Norman to name a few. Alterraun may not be a household name, but he can definitely hold his own and make a pick. He’ll have the task of defending Dez Bryant.
Cowboys Player To Watch</strong: Brandon Carr– Since signing with the Cowboys, he’s been nothing but productive. He wants the opposing teams’ number one receiver and he can handle business and stay with them. Well, he will get one of those in Mike Evans on Sunday night.
Prediction: This is one of the best matchups on the schedule for week 15 and there’s a lot to play for. Tampa is still fighting for the NFC South with Atlanta and the Cowboys can win the NFC East and clinch home-field. I like Tampa Bay to go on the road and get a win. Buccaneers 27 Cowboys 20