Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys: Bold Predictions for Each Team

Jeremy Sickel@https://twitter.com/JeremySickelContributor IIISeptember 20, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks to pass the ball during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 16, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle won the game 27-7.  (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to the house that Jerry Jones built on Sunday to take on the Dallas Cowboys in a game that couldn't feature two more unalike teams on the NFL's Week 3 schedule.

The Bucs have given up the second most yards per game in the league at 452.5 (400.5 through the air) and are near the bottom in total offense as well with 282.5 yards per game. It's a wonder that they have actually won a game this season.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, sit a shade above the middle-of-the-pack in both total offense (364.5) and total defense (292). While Tampa Bay has fight in them, this game sways in Dallas' favor, at least on paper.

Dallas has been one of the more Jekyll-and-Hyde teams in all football over the last few years, as evidenced by last week's blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks. But arriving home after beginning the season with two away games should help balance the Cowboys out a bit.

Tampa Bay will have to find a way to keep this game close to have a chance.

Here is one bold prediction for each team in Sunday's matchup.


Josh Freeman is Sacked 5 Times and Has 3 Turnovers in Blowout Loss

Josh Freeman is on a mission to put last season's meager performance in the rear-view mirror, and most believe that he can. But the Dallas pass defense has been stingy so far this season, giving up a mere 160 yards per game, so he might have to wait another week.

The Cowboys certainly have the edge this game and will pressure Freeman the entire afternoon. The fact that the Buccaneers will more than likely be playing from behind will allow DeMarcus Ware and Co. to bother the young quarterback even more.

Freeman can be easily rattled into mistakes and sometimes holds the ball too long.

The Cowboys are set up for a very dominant defensive performance in Sunday's game.


Tony Romo Completes 30 Passes for 350 Yards and 3 Touchdowns

The Cowboys go as quarterback Tony Romo goes. The signal-caller is the main reason why the team has been so up-and-down over the last few years. Sunday's game with Tampa Bay could allow Romo to have one of the better games of his career, however.

Dallas has a very balanced offense, but can also pick on the weakness of the opposing defense when it has to. The Cowboys coaching staff knows that the Bucs are atrocious against the pass and that they struggle to get pressure on the quarterback.

Look for Romo to throw early and often this game. The Cowboys need a statement game after last week's letdown and Tampa Bay is the whipping boy.


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