The Bucs opened the 2022 regular season with a dominant 19-3 win over the Cowboys on Sunday night. It was a game controlled by the Tampa Bay defense, which held Dak Prescott and the Dallas offense to just 244 total yards and 3-of-15 on third downs.
“The guys did a great job in preparation, they went out there and made plays,” head coach Todd Bowles said after the game. “They were focused all week. The biggest thing was communication. Hats off to the guys, Devin [White] and Lavonte [David] led them with Vita [Vea]. All the guys, they were in sync, and I thought they did a great job tonight.”
Bowles, who served as the Bucs’ defensive coordinator from 2019-2021 before being promoted to head coach this offseason, got a special performance out of his defense against Dallas. But as far as the group is concerned, this performance shouldn’t feel out of nowhere. Rather, this is the standard they’ve set for themselves.
“We were swarming, playing Buc D,” outside linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka told Pewter Report. “That’s the standard. We set the standard. Going on, that’s what we’re going to have to play like.”
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