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NFL Wild Card: Cowboys at Buccaneers (7:15 CT) — Lineups, Broadcast Info, Game Thread


We’ve got one more game on the Wild Card schedule, with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers playing host to Dak Prescott and the Cowboys.

The Cowboys have looked vulnerable at times and unstoppable at others. Which team will show up tonight? Can Dak Prescott protect the ball, or will his recent penchant for the untimely interception spoil their playoff run?

For Tampa Bay, Tom Brady is a living legend and once again put up prolific numbers in the passing game. Unfortunately for the Bucs, their dominance ends there as they own the worst rushing attack in the NFL and barely squeaked into the postseason.

Game Info

Dallas Cowboys (12-5, 2nd NFC East) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-9 1st NFC South)

Kickoff Time: 7:15 p.m. CT – TV: ESPN, ESPN 2 (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Lisa Salters)
Site: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Bay, Fl.
Referee: Craig Wrolstad
Odds: Cowboys -3, O/U 45.5 (via DraftKings Sports Book)

Cowboys Projected Starters

•   QB Dak Prescott
•   RB Tony Pollard
•   WRs CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, Noah Brown
•   TE Dalton Shultz
•   LT Tyler Smith, LG Connor McGovern, C Tyler Biadasz, RG Zack Martin, RT Tyron Smith

•   LDE DeMarcus Lawrence, LDT Osa Odighizuwa, RDT Neville Gallimore, RDE Durance Armstrong
•   WLB Anthony Barr, WLB Leighton Vander Esch, SLB Micah Parsons
•   LCB Daron Bland, RCB Trevon Diggs
•   FS Malik Hooker, SS Jayron Kearse

•   Brett Maher (kicker), Bryan Anger (punter, holder), Matt Overton (long snapper), KaVonte Turpin (kick and punt returns)

Buccaneers Projected Starters


•   QB Tom Brady
•   RB Leonard Fournette
•   WR Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Russell Gage Jr.
•   TE Cade Otton
•   LT Donovan Smith, LG Luke Goedeke, C Ryan Jensen, RG Shaq Mason, RT Tristan Wirfs

•   LDE Akiem Hicks, NT Vita Vea, RDE William Gholston
•   WLB Joe Tyron-Shoyinka, LILB Devin White, RILB Lavonte David, SLB Anthony Nelson
•   LCB Jamel Dean, RCB Carlton Davis III
•   FS Mike Edwards, SS Antoine Winfield Jr.

•   Ryan Succup (kicker), Jake Camarda (punter, holder), Zach Triner (long snapper), Deven Thompkins (kick and punt returns)

Players to Watch

Dak Prescott has been an untimely turnover machine when the Cowboys have been at their worst this season. Keeping the ball safe and not giving Brady and the Bucs will go a long way toward the Cowboys beating Tampa Bay.

Michah Parsons is a game wrecker who racked up 13.5 sacks for the Cowboys this season and will surely be a big factor in tonight’s contest. With no semblance of a rushing game, Brady will be doing a lot of dropping back. How many times can his offensive line keep him from Parsons?

Although the Buccaneers were putrid on the ground this season, Leonard Fournette’s alter-ego, ‘Playoff Lenny,‘ tends to shine brightest under the spotlight of the big stage. Since arriving in Tampa Bay, Fournette has logged 555 scrimmage yards in just five games (111 per game). Fournette has a touchdown in each of those games as well.

Lavonte David will have his hands full with the two-headed beast Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott in the Dallas backfield. David’s success, or lack thereof, will impact tonight’s game.

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.