If last Sunday wasn't rock bottom for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was pretty darn close. The Bucs lost 41-14 to the Jacksonville Jaguars for their seventh straight loss of the season. Turnovers were once again the culprit, with quarterback Josh Freeman accounting for three by his lonesome. On Saturday, they will face a Dallas Cowboys club that is reeling from consecutive losses of their own.
Of course, the Cowboys' two-straight losses have come in a slightly more respectable fashion. Last week's was particularly heartbreaking, however. Up 12 points over the New York Giants with under six minutes to play, Dallas fell victim to a virtuoso Eli Manning performance. Tony Romo played spectacularly in the loss, going 21-for-31 passing for 321 yards and four touchdowns to no interceptions. Once again, defensive breakdowns were the team's undoing.
Luckily, the Cowboys' recent downturn coincides with a trip to Florida to face what is, by every metric, a bad Bucs team. Tampa Bay ranks 25th in the NFL in rushing offense, 27th in passing defense and 28th in rushing defense. A quarterback that had shown so much promise last season and to start the year has struggled to a 12:18 TD:INT ratio this season. The Buccaneers need something to feel good about at the moment, and a win Saturday in primetime would go a long way towards easing the pain.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, December 17; 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
National: NFL Network
TV Distribution Map: The506.com
Cowboys: 105.3 The Fan
Buccaneers: WFUS 103.5, WDAE 620 AM