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Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Bucs: More Film Study

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At NBC, I posted some more film observations from the Cowboys-Bucs game.

  • The Cowboys shut down Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson, as I anticipated. Brandon Carr allowed only two catches for 22 yards to Jackson when the two played for the Chiefs and Chargers last year. On Sunday, Jackson didn’t catch a single pass until the Bucs’ final drive. He was covered by a variety of players, including Carr and Mike Jenkins, with Carr often helping over the top from a safety position when he wasn’t lined up at cornerback.
  • Church is out for the season with a torn Achilles, and that’s a bigger blow for the Cowboys than most realize. Church was playing really well this season, displaying improved range in coverage. With him down, it’s likely the Cowboys will bring in a free agent to compete with Danny McCray and Mana Silva.
  • DeMarcus Ware is so good that we’re almost to the point that you forget about him unless he doesn’t have two sacks in a game.
  • I’m confident that the defense is a superior one with Josh Brent and Sean Lissemore splitting time at nose tackle than with Jay Ratliff in there alone. One of my first articles here on the Blue Star Blog was a projection of Ratliff’s career with evidence that he won’t hold up much longer. When he comes back, Rob Ryan might want to seriously consider placing him at defensive end.

Read the whole post at NBC. I have more stats from the game coming at DallasCowboys.com later today, so be sure to check back for that.

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