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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys: Lineups and analysis

Probable starters


WR: Mike Williams 19

LT: Donald Penn 70

LG: Jeremy Zuttah 76

C: Jeff Faine 52

RG: Davin Joseph 75

RT: Jeremy Trueblood 65

TE: Kellen Winslow 82

WR: Dezmon Briscoe 89

QB: Josh Freeman 5

RB: LeGarrette Blount 27

FB: Erik Lorig 44


DE: Da'Quan Bowers 91

DT: Albert

Haynesworth 95

DT: Brian Price 92

DE: Adrian Clayborn 94

LB: Quincy Black 58

LB: Mason Foster 59

LB: Geno Hayes 54

CB: Aqib Talib 25

CB: Ronde Barber 20

SS: Sean Jones 26

FS: Tanard Jackson 36

Special Teams

P: Michael Koenen 9

PK: Connor Barth 10

KO: Michael Koenen 9

PR/KR: Preston Parker 87

Cowboys offense

WR: Miles Austin 19

LT: Doug Free 68

LG: Montrae Holland 64

C: Phil Costa 67

RG: Kyle Kosier 63

RT: Tyron Smith 77

TE: Jason Witten 82

WR: Dez Bryant 88

QB: Tony Romo 9

RB: Felix Jones 28

FB: Tony Fiammetta 24

Cowboys Defense

DE: Kenyon Coleman 99

NT: Jay Ratliff 90

DE: Jason Hatcher 97

LB: Anthony Spencer 93

LB: Barry Church 42

LB: Sean Lee 50

LB: DeMarcus Ware 94

CB: Mike Jenkins 21

CB: Terence Newman 41

SS: Abram Elam 26

FS: Gerald Sensabaugh 43

Special teams

P: Mat McBriar 1

PK/KO: Dan Bailey 5

KR: Felix Jones 28

PR: Dez Bryant 88

Stat pack

8:20, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa | TV/radio: Ch. 38, NFL Net.; 620-AM, 103.5-FM | Line/O-U: Dallas by 7; 47

avg. Rushing yards

avg. passing yards

avg. total yards

avg. Rushing yards allowed

avg. passing yards allowed

avg. total yards allowed



100.5 (25th)

116.7 (14th)

139.7 (28th)

101.2 (8th)

248.8 (27th)

243.2 (24th)

230.8 (13th)

273.4 (6th)

388.5 (29th)

344.4 (16th)

331.3 (18th)

390.1 (6th)

Dallas is coming off consecutive losses that have left its playoff fate in jeopardy. Running back DeMarco Murray is out for the season with a broken right ankle sustained Sunday against the Giants, a big loss. Felix Jones starts in his place. The Cowboys' deep group of wideouts will look to exploit the Bucs' secondary.

Cowboys' best offensive player

Quarterback Tony Romo, right, presents a challenge not only because he has great command of coach Jason Garrett's offense but because he is elusive.

Cowboys' best defensive player

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware, left, holds the team sack record with 95 (it became a stat in 1982) and has 21 multiple-sack games.

What the Cowboys do best

Make big plays in the passing game. Dallas has 27 touchdown passes of at least 20 yards (fifth in the NFL) and 54 completions of at least 20 yards overall.

You can beat the Cowboys if …

You take advantage of their secondary. Dallas has given up tons of passing yards and more long completions than the Bucs.

The Bucs must avoid …

An early deficit. It would force them to play catchup against a potent offense and allow LB DeMarcus Ware (15 sacks, tied for second in the league) to tee off on QB Josh Freeman.

Prediction Cowboys 30, Bucs 17

Injury report

Bucs Out: WR Arrelious Benn (concussion). Questionable: DE Michael Bennett (toe), DT Brian Price (ankle), WR Sammie Stroughter (knee). Probable: S Larry Asante (hamstring), QB Josh Freeman (shoulder), DT Albert Haynesworth (knee), LB Adam Hayward (foot), CB Aqib Talib (hamstring).

Cowboys Out: NT Josh Brent (knee), WR Andre Holmes (hamstring). Questionable: C Phil Costa (concussion), CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder), G Kyle Kosier (foot), S Danny McCray (ankle), WR Laurent Robinson (shoulder), LB DeMarcus Ware (neck). Probable: TE Martellus Bennett (ribs), LB Sean Lee (wrist), P Mat McBriar (left foot).

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys: Lineups and analysis 12/16/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 16, 2011 10:55pm]
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