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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys: Numbers, what they're saying

By the numbers

11 Interceptions the Bucs' Josh Freeman has thrown on passes of 11 yards or more this season, according to ESPN.com.

3-11 Bucs' regular-season record against the Cowboys.

147.2 Passer rating of the Cowboys' Tony Romo in two games against the Bucs. He is 38-of-56 (67.9 percent) for 659 yards, eight touchdown and no interceptions.

61/2 Sacks for Bucs end Adrian Clayborn, tied for third with the Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan among rookies and behind only the 49ers' Aldon Smith (101/2) and the Broncos' Von Miller (11½).

1987 The last time the Bucs, riding a seven-game losing streak, lost eight in a row during one season.

370 Points allowed by the Bucs, fewer only than the Colts (382).

What they're saying

The Bucs were one of last year's surprises with Raheem Morris a candidate for coach of the year. Now they're a surprise again … a sad one … and Morris is a candidate to make it three straight for Florida NFL coaches in search of an off ramp. Based on what I saw (Sunday), he should be. Not only did the Bucs lose to a miserable Jacksonville team, they committed seven turnovers and allowed an opponent that hadn't scored more than 21 points in any game to put up 41. The Bucs can't put people in the seats, and now I understand why. They stink.

Clark Judge CBSSports.com

Simply put: The Bucs aren't having a good season. But Cowboys fans shouldn't mark this game with a big W just yet. Tampa is a scrappy bunch of players. And while the Bucs are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, they have remained competitive in most games.

Jason Henry Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The picks

I'm guessing 40 to 50 percent of the fans at the Pirate Ship will be Cowboy fans, and that's good for the Bucs. Maybe the Dallas cheering will drown out the calls for Raheem Morris' job. Cowboys, 37-17.

Peter King Sports Illustrated

The Cowboys are in a spot where they can't afford another loss. The Bucs are just hoping for a victory to snap their seven-game losing streak. Can't see that happening. Dallas will put up some good offensive numbers against a Bucs defense that is struggling. DeMarcus Ware spends the night in the Tampa Bay backfield. Cowboys, 28-15.

Pete Prisco CBSSports.com

It's that special time of year again, that period when the Cowboys start feeling charitable and begin giving away football games. Giving up two TDs in the final three minutes against the Giants will probably result in another giveaway — the division title. Cowboys, 20-13.

Gerry Dulac Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Bucs' horrid run defense allows 6.1 yards per carry. Yet somehow, the Tee Bees will cover. Cowboys, 23-17.

Greg Cote Miami Herald

Tonight: Bucs vs. Cowboys

8:20, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

TV/radio: Ch. 38, NFL Net.; 620-AM, 103.5-FM

Line/over-under: Cowboys by 7; 47

Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 17
Lions

Lions 27, Bucs 20

(0-1)

at Vikings

Bucs 24, Vikings 20

(1-1)

Falcons

Bucs 16, Falcons 13

(2-1)

Colts

Bucs 24, Colts 17

(3-1)

at 49ers

49ers 48, Bucs 3

(3-2)

Saints

Bucs 26, Saints 20

(4-2)

Bears

Bears 24, Bucs 18

(4-3)

at Saints

Saints 27, Bucs 16

(4-4)

Texans

Texans 37, Bucs 9

(4-5)

at Packers

Packers 35, Bucs 26

(4-6)

at Titans

Titans 23, Bucs 17

(4-7)

Panthers

Panthers 38, Bucs 19

(4-8)

at Jaguars

Jaguars 41, Bucs 14

(4-9)

Cowboys

8:20 tonight, NFL, Ch. 38

at Panthers

1 p.m. Dec. 24, Ch. 13

at Falcons

1 p.m. Jan. 1, Ch. 13

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys: Numbers, what they're saying 12/16/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 22, 2011 9:02pm]
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