Week 8 Preview: Tampa Bay at Dallas

Turmoil is abound with the Cowboys, as another loss last week has the team sitting at 4-3. Considering the team lost just three games in the regular season all of last season, it makes this weeks tangle with the tough Tampa Bay Bucs – a must win? While I wouldn’t go that far, it’s a big game for the Cowboys, as they look to get back some confidence after losing two of their last three games.

The big question will again surround if QB Tony Romo is going to try to give it a go. While that question won’t be answered till late in the week or maybe even early Sunday, you can bet the team is hoping that finger is close to somewhat ready after last Sunday’s awful showing by Brad Johnson in St.Louis.

Johnson was 17-for-34 for just 234 yards with one TD and three picks. The focus will be on the running game this week and Romo. Even with Romo, the Cowboys cracking the Bucs tough front four and fast defense will not be easy. The Bucs are a solid 5-2 team for a reason, and that is becuase they have played good football so far in 2008.

Sunday at home vs the awful Seahawks, the Bucs jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead and allowed just a field goal to Seattle till the final 1:55. Once again Jeff Garcia played well, throwing for 310 yards on 27-of-36 passing. He also led an offense that held the ball for an amazing 41:41 to just 18:19 for Seattle.

While the Bucs know that going on the road vs a Dallas team will be a much tougher test, they smell blood and will look to deliver a statement vs a team that is hurting right now in a lot of areas. Their D is the key, as they have been very good, allowing not many yards, just 176 to Seattle, and not many big plays.

They will look to keep the Dallas playmakers, like Terrell Owens and Marion Barber in check, and do what St.Louis did a week ago, which was deliver a couple uppercuts early then run the ball enough in the second half to eat up clock and keep Dallas off the field.

The Cowboys need this win to keep pace for at least a look at the playoffs in the NFC. Hard to think if they started today they would be on the outside looking in, but facts are facts. Look for the Bucs to come to Dallas and deliver another stunning blow to the Boys, Romo or no Romo, and for Tampa Bay to come out 6-2 while the Cowboys fall to an amazing 4-4 after a 3-0 start.

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