Last Sunday, the game of the week in the NFL was the red hot Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Dallas Cowboys and it did not disappoint. After the Cowboys lost to the New York Giants the following Sunday, everyone and their mother was talking about how the Cowboys were falling off. Well, Sunday night they hosted the Bucs in Dallas and the team played great football and beat the Bucs. The week before, fans were wondering ‘Should we start Tony Romo now?’, as Dak Prescott had an off game and looked very bad on third down. This week, Prescott answered all the critics, and I am sure nobody will be calling for Tony Romo to play the rest of the season.
Every time the Bucs seemed to get close to the Cowboys, and it looked as if they would take the lead, the Cowboys put their foot down more and more on the gas pedal. The Cowboys are now 12-2, after beating the Bucs and are looking to lock up home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a big win this week. Ezekiel Elliott celebrated a short touchdown run by jumping into an oversized Salvation Army bin, after he scored a touchdown. The two Cowboy rookies looked like veterans the whole night long. Both now have placed themselves in the NFL MVP conversation and on a big time stage, in a big time game, they showed the rest of the country why they both could win the award this season.
Bucs quarterback, Jameis Winston, threw for two touchdowns in the game, but also accounted for four turnovers in the game. Tampa Bay had their five game winning streak end in Dallas, and now they are a game behind the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC south. Most likely, they will have to win out the rest of the season to get into the post season this year. Elliot is the NFL's leading rusher and he was displaying that again Sunday night, when he had a career high 159 yards on the night. Fellow rookie, Dak Prescott, bounced back from his worst game as a pro, going 32 of 36 for 279 yards a week, after completing less than 50 percent of his passes in a 10-7 loss to the New York Giants.
If the Cowboys can lock down home field advantage in the playoffs, it will be very tough for any team in the NFC to beat them, especially if their defense can keep creating so many turnovers each week. The Cowboys played such a balanced game on offense against the Bucs as well. They ran the ball and threw the ball about equally all night long and it seemed to have the Bucs’ defenders confused. Winston had scoring passes of 42 yards to Adam Humphries, and 10 yards to Cameron Brate, to put Tampa Bay up 20-17, but couldn't move the Bucs once the Cowboys regained the lead. Dallas’ tight end, Jason Witten, had a huge game and seemed to be open every time the Cowboys needed a big first down. Maybe these two teams will meet again in the playoffs, but for now, Dallas has won a great home game in front of the whole country.