The Cowboys held serve Saturday night.
They beat a very bad Bucs team in Tampa, and the Cowboys did it convincingly by the score of 31-15, with a victory formation inside the Bucs’ five-yard line to cap the night.
The game wasn’t as close as the score indicated. The Cowboys had 28 first downs to only seven for the Bucs, and led 28-0 at halftime before cruising to the win.
The win puts the Cowboys at 8-6, in the thick of a division race and wild card race that will go down to the season’s final Sunday.
Tony Romo’s four first half touchdowns should be the focus, but I can’t help but think the more interesting story was taking place on the opposing sideline.
Bucs coach Raheem Morris came in second place in last year’s Coach of the Year voting. He led one of the most exciting young teams in the league to a 10-6 record. Just one year later, his Bucs are one of the very worst teams in the NFL.
Tampa has lost eight straight games. Only the Colts give up more points, and it was easy to see why on Saturday night.
The Bucs’ tackling is uniformly poor. Felix Jones rushed for 108 yards and Sammy Morris came out of semi-retirement to run for 53 more yards against a Bucs defense that is too easy to push around.
Tampa doesn’t get any pressure on the passer, which is why Romo was able to throw for 249 yards on only 30 throws with three touchdowns, with only seven incompletions.
A report surfaced Saturday that the Bucs could choose to keep Morris after the year, but take away his duties as defensive coordinator. That may be a tough sell if the Bucs finish the season on a lifeless 10-game losing streak.
The Bucs are a sinking ship. With two road games left, it’s worth wondering if Morris has coached his last game at Raymond James Stadium.