Cowboys get out of own way, beat the Bucs

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The Cowboys could barely get out of their own way at times, but they managed to get to 2-1 with a physical 16-10 win over the Buccaneers.

The Cowboys were their own worst enemy with the ball, but played smothering defense to drop the Buccaneers to 1-2. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo turned it over three times, but the Cowboys limited the Bucs to 166 yards of total offense.

Most importantly, the Cowboys were able to execute kneel-downs at the end of the game without incident, although the Bucs again tried to submarine the snaps. But there was no confrontation between Jason Garrett and Greg Schiano as there was between Schiano and Tom Coughlin a week ago.

Dallas also committed 13 penalties for 105 yards looking inept at times. They only ran for 38 yards, and had major problems in the middle of the offensive line.

19 responses to “Cowboys get out of own way, beat the Bucs

  1. Third post on this game and still no mention that the refs cost the Bucs enough points to win the game.
    The Cowboys didn’t do anything to win, they were gifted the game by a completely useless Tampa offense ands a crew of officials that made errors that caused a 10 point swing in the points.
    Good refs (in other words not the locked out ones OR scabs) and the Bucs get an undeserved 17-13 win.

  2. Truly pathetic offensive effort, but mostly due to playcalling. When you do the same things over and over in the same situations, the defense kinda catches on. Playcalling has got to improve. Fumble not resulting in a TD hurts, but it sucks that even with the ball at the 31 yard line the Bucs ended up punting.

  3. The defense for Tampa was stout. We need to get it together when it comes to scoring. Running the ball so many times while down is mind numbing!! Where was Blount? Over 5 ypc and 2 touches just poor game planning

  4. “Good refs (in other words not the locked out ones OR scabs) and the Bucs get an undeserved 17-13 win.”

    Good thing they got what they deserved, then.

  5. tbtrojan says: Sep 23, 2012 4:51 PM

    Third post on this game and still no mention that the refs cost the Bucs enough points to win the game.
    The Cowboys didn’t do anything to win, they were gifted the game by a completely useless Tampa offense ands a crew of officials that made errors that caused a 10 point swing in the points.
    Good refs (in other words not the locked out ones OR scabs) and the Bucs get an undeserved 17-13 win.

    __________________________________
    Really? What about the helmet to helmet hit on Romo and the constant holding against D-Ware?
    Your OC cost you the game, not the refs. Additionally, your HC has ZERO class.

  6. tbtrojan, which “terrible calls” cost the Bucs the game?

    Did a referee throw a hat underneath your wide open receiver’s foot in the end zone by any chance?

  7. As a Bucs fan, this was the worst offensive football game I’ve ever seen. The defense however was outstanding. It was fun seeing Romo get beat up instead up slicing and dicing our secondary like the past 3 years. The offense gave enough troubles to make me feel like I’m 25 going on 60. As far as the kneeldowns go, enough is enough, play the game before the 4th qtr and we won’t have this issue! The cowboys did everything they could to hand us the game. The refs did everything they could to hand us this game to include tripping a WR in the end zone! Bucs couldn’t get out of their own way, don’t get it confused! I’ll be at ray jay next sunday though… life moves on.

  8. ubpinaz September 23, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

    tbtrojan, which “terrible calls” cost the Bucs the game?

    Did a referee throw a hat underneath your wide open receiver’s foot in the end zone by any chance?

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    The WR was ineligible to catch the pass. That was the reason the hat was thrown in the first place.

  9. “The WR was ineligible to catch the pass. That was the reason the hat was thrown in the first place.”

    Why was he ineligible?

  10. The Chicago Bears are coming Romo so dont think you will be able to play like you did to day an win. Thats a real defensive line. The Cowboys gotta play better just to stay in the game

  11. Watching the game I thought most of the bad calls went against Dallas, (helmet to helmet on Romo and the “hat” trick in the end zone) but regardless the officials were just bad. They spotted the ball poorly, took way to long in everything, and overall looked like they were not in control.

    Someone is going to get hurt or a poor decision is going to have playoff implications, it is not a matter of if but when.

  12. “The Chicago Bears are coming Romo so dont think you will be able to play like you did to day an win. Thats a real defensive line.”

    Yeah I hear the Giants have one of those, too.

  13. If I didn’t know better I’d say that ref intentionally tried to distract Ogletree. There was absolutely no reason to throw his hat in front of him like that, on top of the fact that there was no reason to throw the hat anywhere. There were no flags on the play and Ogletree didn’t step out of bounds. This should be bigger news.

  14. This was Jason Witten’s worst game as a Cowboy. He’s hurting the team with his missed blocks, false starts and dropped passes.
    He’s clearly not healthy or something.
    Either way he needs less playing time and John Phillips has to be trusted with more reps.

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