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Early Domination Doesn’t Pay Off in Bucs 13-9 Loss in Dallas

While they started out like a house of fire, in the end, the Buccaneers game plan quickly flamed out in the teams 13-9 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium.  The Bucs controlled the game early, scoring a quick six points in the first quarter, but from there they were only able to put up a third Matt Bryant field goal the rest of the day for their only other points.

Jeff Garcia was 28-for-44 for 228 yards.  He was pressured by the Cowboys front four quite a bit, and had to run around quite a bit in the pocket most of the day.  The Bucs running game was very much held in check, as Earnest Graham had just 42 yards on 17 carries.  The team ran for just 48 yards on 19 carries.

Dallas didn’t do much on offense either, but they were able to get that one critical TD, as Brad Johnson found new Cowboy Roy Williams from two yards out at the 2:22 mark of the second quarter for the only touchdown of the afternoon.  Nick Folk kicked two field goals for the other two Cowboys points on the day.
The Bucs had a shot down four near the end of the game as they went from their own 26 to the Cowboys 23-yard line.  From there the Bucs had four shots, and were only able to gain five yards before on fourth down Garcia under pressure tried to hit a short pass that fell incomplete that ended the last Bucs chance.

The loss drops the Bucs to 5-3 on the season.  While their defense held the Cowboys to just 172 yards, it was their inability to take care of business early when they dominated the first quarter for the reason behind the loss.  Next week they travel to KC to take on the Chiefs.

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