The Dallas Cowboys (8-6) will win the NFC East title on Sunday with a win over the Tampa Buccaneers (5-9). Already eliminated from playoff contention, the Bucs come to Arlington with nothing to lose. Here are five things Cowboys fans need to know about the Buccaneers:
The Cowboys won their first eight games against the Buccaneers from 1977-90. It is the longest win streak to start a series against any NFL team.
Dallas leads the overall series 14-4. The Cowboys have won six of the last seven matchups against Tampa.
The Buccaneers have had a revolving door at quarterback this season. Both Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick have started seven games in 2018. Winston and Fitzpatrick have underwhelmed behind center, combining for 31 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.
Inconsistent play has marred each of their campaigns. Consequently, Tampa’s 2019 starting quarterback is probably not on their current roster.
No Pro Bowl love for Buccaneers
While the Cowboys had five players receive Pro Bowl invitations, the Buccaneers were excluded from the event in Orlando. The NFC Pro Bowl roster did not have a single Buccaneer on it.
Hope is not all lost for the Bucs, though. Wide receiver Mike Evans and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul were named Pro Bowl alternatives by the NFL.
If no Bucs player participates in the Pro Bowl, it’ll be the first time the team has been left off the all-star roster since 2009, via the Bucs’ official website.
Mike Evans is less than 100 receiving yards away from history
Evans is closing in on Tampa Bay’s franchise record for most receiving yards in a single season.
Evans has 1,328 yards going into Week 16. Former Bucs wideout Mark Carrier holds the team record for most receiving yards in a season with 1,422.
The 6-foot-5 Evans has 20 career 100-yard receiving games, which is already a franchise record.
Tampa Bay’s aerial attack is a force
Surprisingly, the Bucs have the league’s top-ranked passing offense despite inconsistent play behind center. Tampa Bay leads the NFL with 4,464 total passing yards, averaging 318 passing yards per contest. Unfortunately for the 5-9 Bucs, all those passing yards haven’t translated to many wins.
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