FRISCO — On the heels of being shut out for the first time since 2003, Michael Gallup and the Cowboys’ offense don’t foresee a repeat performance in Week 16.
Gallup is confident the Cowboys’ receiving corps will have the upper hand against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ secondary.
“Respectable defense, they play a lot of man but they’ve been switching to a lot of zone lately. It’s a good defense but I don’t think we should have a whole of problems with them,” Gallup said. “[Amari] Cooper on the outside, me on the outside and definitely [Cole] Beasley on the inside and then [Allen] Hurns, definitely.”
Statistics back up Gallup’s claim. Tampa Bay has the 27th-ranked pass defense in the NFL, giving up an average of 259 passing yards a game. Couple that with the fact that quarterbacks have a 111.1 rating going against a leaky Bucs secondary.
Individually, Gallup is coming off his worst game as a rookie. The 6-foot-1 receiver failed to get a target in the Indianapolis Colts’ 23-0 shellacking of the Cowboys last week. His performance typified that of the entire offense.
Dallas doesn’t have a potent aerial attack by any means, though the team’s struggles through the air shouldn’t be as pronounced this Sunday at AT&T Stadium. On the outside, Cooper, Gallup, Beasley and Hurns have a clear edge over a Bucs defense with just eight interceptions and 46 pass deflections.
The Cowboys have talked all week about how the Indianapolis game was a learning experience. There shouldn’t be an issue clinching the NFC East this weekend playing at home against a team already making vacation reservations.
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