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Super Wild Weekend Preview: Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

weekend is here, and the roll into Raymond James Stadium to take on and the on .

The Cowboys have now gone 12-5 in back-to-back seasons and hold the No. 5 seed for the . The Bucs finished the season 8-9 but won the worst division in football, so they were rewarded a home playoff game as the No. 4 seed.

While last week's loss to the Washington Commanders may be concerning to most, the Cowboys have not lost two games in a row all season to this point.

Tampa Bay has had struggles this season, but they still have Brady and a flurry of offensive weapons on the outside for him to make plays. The Cowboys' primary focus will be preventing Tampa's front four from dictating the game.

Dallas has only had a total of 151 rushing yards as a team in the last two games. The Cowboys have thunder and lightning at ; eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing while only starting four games.

The Bucs' allows 120.7 rushing yards per game; they don't need to force the run game, but it will be there for them to take.

When you dive into the other side of the ball, the Cowboys' defense will get back two starters, making things easier for them to operate — Defensive and LB . LVE has been their third-best defender this season, and he missed the last two games.

Let’s not forget to mention Tampa has one of the worst offensive lines in football. The Cowboys' front will create havoc. 

Hankins can help plug the middle, as Tampa will try to establish the run. The Cowboys have a bottom-five rushing defense, but the return of Hankins will help. 

Even with all the weapons the Bucs have, their has only scored more than 23 points ONCE in their last eight games. The personnel is there for them to succeed on offense, but they seem to hit a wall every week.

As injured as the backend is for the Cowboys, they are still only allowing the 10th fewest passing yards per game this season.

We may even see newly signed, and former All-Pro suit up Monday. He can't be any worse than .

The Cowboys can help themselves out by getting off to a fast start.

We have seen in most of their 12 wins that they dominate the game from start to finish when they get off to a quick start. It's playoff football, and Dallas will not control Tom Brady from start to finish in a playoff game.

However, the Cowboys are still a much better football team; everyone knows that. 

There is more pressure on the Cowboys in this matchup, and there is always the chance for a vintage Brady performance, but when the game concludes on Monday night, Brady will have to answer whether or not he will retire or return for another season. 

The offense will rebound, the defense will force at least one turnover like they have done so well this season, and the Cowboys will win their fourth playoff game in the last 25 years. 

Cowboys 28 — Buccaneers 24

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor
Cowboys fan from the Midwest. Writing is fun, Staff writer for Inside The Star. Follow me on twitter @ShaneTaylor43

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Lawrence

Good Morning Shane! I agree with your opinions on the Cowboys playoff game. They must commit to stopping or at least slowing down the running game. Next, they MUST PRESSURE BRADY!!!! Hit him early and often. Remind him that he’s closer to 50 years old than he is to 30 years old. Next, do not get beat over the top with deep passes to Evans. On our offense, we simply need Kellen Moore to BE SMART for a change and call his plays according to what the defense is showing him. Lastly, Dak Prescott has to approach this game like a veteran starting quarterback! Make good decisions and make good throws. ABSOLUTELY NO PICK 6’S in this game period!!!! Just play the game the right way and not only will the Cowboys win, but they will do so in convincing fashion.

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