Tampa Bay Buccaneers

3 Keys to Defeating the Dallas Cowboys

A few things the Buccaneers need to do to come out with a victory in Week 10.

Photos of Jameis Winston's touchdown run in the 4th quarter against the Giants.

1. Keep Jameis rolling.
Jameis Winston hasn't thrown an interception since Week 4, riding the second-longest streak in the NFL without a pick. He also finished last weekend's game without being sacked. Both of these statistics bode well for the Buccaneers when they host Dallas this weekend. The Cowboys have just three interceptions, tied for the fewest in the NFL. Dallas is also near the bottom of the league in sacks; they have 14, the seventh-fewest among all 32 teams. The Buccaneers have a prime opportunity to keep Winston upright and playing his best football this weekend.

2. Keep Dallas out of the red zone.
Dallas is one of five teams with a perfect field goal percentage this season. Dan Bailey has connected on all 16 of his attempts to far, including two from 50 yards or longer. Bailey has connected on 90.9 percent of his attempts in his five-year career and is currently the most accurate kicker in NFL history. The Buccaneers need to keep Dallas out of the red zone, because, if they don't, chances are Dallas will be coming away with points.

3.  Stop the Cowboys' rushing attack.
Dallas averages 128.6 rushing yards per game, the eighth-most in the league. The team has been less productive throwing the ball, earning 225.5 yards per game, or the ninth-fewest. Darren McFadden leads Dallas with 462 yards and averages over four yards per carry. He should have an increased workload after Joseph Randle, the Cowboys' second-leading rusher, was released by the team last week. Matt Cassel, who's expected to start on Sunday, is completing 61 percent of his passes and has thrown just as many interceptions as he has touchdowns. If the Bucs' defense can slow down McFadden, the unit could find themselves in a favorable matchup against Dallas' backup quarterback.

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