The Buccaneers defense did a rather decent job against the Cowboys, holding DeMarco Murray to just 38 yards rushing on 18 carries and not allowing Tony Romo to complete a touchdown pass. It was the Buccaneers offense, instead, that let the team down as Tampa Bay managed to gain just 166 total yards in the game.
Josh Freeman was shaky on Sunday, completing just 10-of-28 passes for 110 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Sander of Bucs Nation, however, puts the loss on the coaching rather that the uninspired play at quarterback.
We'll hear a lot about the offensive ineptitude in this game, Freeman's outright poor play and the failure of the receivers to get open. But for me, this game was a story of failed coaching. Calling runs up the gut when they aren't working, failing to put the ball in the hands of your quarterback until it's too late, and playing too conservatively on offense are what lost this game. The Bucs were competitive once again and showed that they have the personnel to be really good on defense, but their offense isn't good enough to consistently produce. And that needs to change.
The Buccaneers take on the Washington Redskins next Sunday, with kickoff set for 4:25 p.m. ET and coverage on Fox.