Soccer analyst Bucky Brooks, a former NFL participant and scout who now works for NFL Community and serves as an analyst for DallasCowboys.com, provides his weekly keys to the sport Sunday, offering explicit issues of emphasis for each the Cowboys and Bucs.
The Buccaneers will win if…
Regardless of the wounds that experience ravaged the Buccaneers’ offensive line, the Tom Brady-led squad stays a tricky matchup for the Cowboys within the season opener. The group’s collective ability and championship enjoy will give them the arrogance wanted to conquer their deficiencies. TB12 will paintings across the loss of ability and enjoy at the frontline via depending on a quick-rhythm passing sport that permits him to get the ball out of his palms in a rush. He’ll depend on Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Julio Jones to make defenders leave out within the open box. With a neglected take on resulting in a large acquire, the Buccaneers will try to check the Cowboys’ tackling abilities within the opener to peer if they may be able to produce a large acquire on a low-risk toss.
The Buccaneers’ working sport may be an element within the sport with Leonard Fournette taking over an important function because the group’s RB1. As a grinder with an old-school working taste may permit the Buccaneers to grind it out when they’re making an attempt to management the sport through the use of a ball-control sport plan.
Defensively, the Buccaneers will try to disrupt Dak Prescott’s rhythm via choking out the working sport and tilting the protection to No.88. With CeeDee Lamb considered as the one credible danger within the passing sport, the Buccaneers will try to make No.4 win the sport via concentrated on his 2d and 3rd choices within the passing sport. If Todd Bowles and Co. are a hit in dictating the phrases to the Cowboys, it is going to most likely result in a win for the Buccaneers within the opener.
The Cowboys will win if…
The Cowboys will head into the opener with quite a few query marks within the lineup. The insertion of a rookie (Tyler Smith) at left take on leaves Prescott prone in move coverage whilst additionally weakening the offensive line’s punch within the working sport. For the Cowboys to win, Smith should exceed expectancies as a rookie to solidify a place that used to be up to now manned via a perennial All-Professional blocker. If the rookie holds up his finish of the care for Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard working between the tackles, the Cowboys will be capable to management the sport and arrange Prescott for large play alternatives on play-action passes.
Lamb and Michael Gallup (if lively and within the lineup) will want to win in opposition to “one-on-one” protection however an efficient working sport results in an efficient aerial circus constructed on play-action passes. if Dalton Schultz continues to play at a prime degree as a “seam runner” within the scheme, the Cowboys’ passing sport will have to be to generate sufficient issues to scratch out a win.
Defensively, the Cowboys will want to center of attention on preserving the ball in entrance of the protection whilst difficult the receivers at the out of doors. Trevon Diggs and Co. will have to problem the Buccaneers’ receivers in press protection to get rid of the “simple” throws (bubble displays, tunnel displays, and brief hitches/slants) that assist Brady get right into a rhythm.
As well as, the Cowboys should neutralize Fournette and the remainder of the Buccaneers’ runners to make TB12 make the most of a one-dimensional sport plan that exposes him to extra hits inside the pocket. Dan Quinn will want his entrance seven to possess the road of scrimmage to stay Fournette in test, however this sport can be determined via the turnover fight. If the Cowboys end with a two-takeaway merit on sport day, Mike McCarthy’s squad will win using a blue-collar method that could be a a ways cry from the glitz and glamour that some fanatics covet.