How The Buccaneers Defense Did Enough To Beat The Cowboys

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Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, CeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup are a nightmare for any defense – even one that held Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs to nine points in their prior meaningful game. That challenge is exasperated with a creative and adaptable play-caller like Kellen Moore. 

Todd Bowles’ defenses start by taking away the run. The Tampa Bay Bucs are no exception, and they’ve had the league’s best run defense the past two seasons. They did this by basing out of single-high safety coverages and loading the box. Further, with a deep and talented front seven, Bowles has loved dialing up creative blitzes. 

With Dallas tackles Tyron Smith and La’el Collins returning from season-ending injuries, guard Zack Martin out due to COVID protocols and Prescott coming back from a devastating ankle injury while recovering from a precarious shoulder injury, Moore faced a long list of constraints. 


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