Bucs can't find end zone again, trail Cowboys 6-3 at halftime
The Bucs continue to struggle to get the football in the end zone and trail the Dallas Cowboys 6-3 in a defensive struggle.
Here are five observations from the first half.
--Bucs QB Jameis Winston needs more targets. With WR Vincent Jackson and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins out, Winston appears locked on Mike Evans, perhaps for good reason. Evans is working over Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne, who had a 45 yard pass interference penalty. Evans has four catches for 57 yards.
--Winston is not sharp throwing the football. He has been off-target, especially going into the wind. Winston is 7-of-16 for 77 yards with an interception that bounced off the hands of TE Brandon Myers. It ended a streak with 134 consecutive attempts without an INT.
--The Bucs cannot mount a pass rush. Cowboys QB Matt Cassel is way too comfortable in the pocket. The Bucs did have a sack by Kwon Alexander on a blitz on third and long. But the front four is not making a dent in the Cowboys offensive line.
--RB Doug Martin ran strong in the first quarter but the Bucs inexplicably got way from giving him the football. Martin has seven carries for 37 yards. In a three point game, he should get more chances in the second half.
--The Bucs special teams are not shining today. PK Connor Barth missed his second FG of the year in a tricky wind. But the Bucs haven’t covered punts very well and Barth had a short kickoff that resulted in good field position.