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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys preview tidbits

Published Sep. 22, 2012

Bucs at Cowboys

1 p.m., Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 103.5-FM

Line/over-under: Cowboys by 7; 46½

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Bucs 16, Panthers 10


Giants 41, Bucs 34


1 p.m. today, Ch. 13

4:25 p.m. Sept. 30, Ch. 13 *

1 p.m. Oct. 14, Ch. 13 *

1 p.m. Oct. 21, Ch. 13 *

8:20 p.m. Oct. 25, NFL

4 p.m. Nov. 4, Ch. 13

1 p.m. Nov. 11, Ch. 10 *

1 p.m. Nov. 18, Ch. 13

1 p.m. Nov. 25, Ch. 13 *

4 p.m. Dec. 2, Ch. 13 *

1 p.m. Dec. 9, Ch. 13 *

1 p.m. Dec. 16, NFL *

1 p.m. Dec. 23, Ch. 13 *

1 p.m. Dec. 30, Ch. 13

What did you think of Greg Schiano ordering his players to try to knock the ball loose from Eli Manning as the Giants QB knelt to run out the clock?

Inside the numbers

3-10: Bucs' regular-season record against the Cowboys, who have won four in a row against Tampa Bay.

19.8: The Bucs' average margin of defeat during their eight-game road losing streak.

302.6: Average passing yards per game by Cowboys QB Tony Romo in three games against the Bucs.

11-0: Touchdowns and interceptions thrown by Romo in three games against the Bucs.

161: Passing yards needed by Bucs QB Josh Freeman to pass Steve DeBerg (9,439) for fifth on the all-time franchise list.

What they're saying

Disappointing loss (for the Cowboys against Seattle last week), especially coming off a big win in New York. Not an easy place to play. Just the way the game started, with the fumbled kickoff, then the blocked punt and the interception. None of that was good. But, having said that, they were just down six points at the half. My guess is Dallas is going to come back and play really, really well this weekend.

Troy Aikman Fox Sports

Tampa Bay showed us flashes on Sunday, but giving up 510 passing yards isn't going to win too many games. I suggest they play harder during the first 59:55 so they don't need to be in 4-point stances when the other team tries to take a knee.

Brian Billick Fox Sports

The picks

Pretty weird game when the thing we're most looking forward to is how the Fighting Schianos will play Dallas' victory formation in the final minute. Cowboys, 30-16.

Peter King Sports Illustrated

The Bucs are playing a second straight road game. That's tough. And both are outside the division, while this comes against a team playing its home opener. Good luck. The Cowboys are also the better team. That shows up here as Tony Romo gets back on track. Cowboys, 28-14.

Pete Prisco CBSportsline

Cowboys have their shortcomings, but they should be able to win at home against a Bucs defense that gave up 604 yards and 41 points last week. Cowboys, 24-14.

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Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times

59 percent: Agree, they should continue to fight until the game is over.

41 percent: Disagree, it's not done in the NFL, and players could have gotten hurt.


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