NFL Preview Capsule: Cowboys at Buccaneers

The Associated Press

NFL Preview Capsule: Cowboys at Buccaneers

DALLAS (7-6) At TAMPA BAY (4-9)

Saturday, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network

OPENING LINE — Cowboys by 6½.

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Dallas 4-8-1; TampaBay 4-9

SERIES RECORD — Cowboys leads 11-3

LAST MEETING — Cowboys beat Buccaneers 34-21, Sept. 13, 2009

LAST WEEK — Cowboys lost to Giants 37-34; Buccaneers lost to Jaguars 41-14





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Cowboys have dominated series, winning 11 of 14 meetings. However, Bucs have won two of four games played in Tampa. … Dallas QB Tony Romo 2-0 vs. Tampa Bay, completing 67.9 percent of passes for 659 yards, eight touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 147.2. He threw a career-best five TD passes against Bucs on Thanksgiving Day in 2006. … Cowboys RB Felix Jones returns to lineup, replacing rookie DeMarco Murray, who broke right ankle during opening quarter of last week’s loss to Giants. Jones came off bench to rush for 106 yards, third 100-yard performance of his career. … Dallas TE Jason Witten and WRs Dez Bryant, Mile Austin and Laurent Robinson pose big challenge for Tampa Bay secondary, which hopes to get back injured CB Aqib Talib, who sat most of past two games with sore right hamstring. … Bryant has TDs in three of Cowboys’ past four games; Robinson coming off four-reception, 137-yard, one TD performance against Giants, and Austin had 42-yard TD catch against Tampa Bay when teams last faced each other. … Tampa Bay’s seven-game losing streak matches longest under third-year coach Raheem Morris, who lost to Dallas in his debut as NFL’s youngest coach. … QB Josh Freeman intercepted twice and lost a fumble as Bucs turned ball over seven times against Jacksonville last week. His inconsistency has contributed to skid that’s followed 4-2 start. After throwing for 25 TDs and six interceptions in 2010, Freeman has 12 TD passes and 18 interceptions this year. … DE Adrian Clayborn one of few bright spots for Tampa Bay defense ranked 29th. First-round draft pick is tied for second among NFC rookies with 6½ sacks.

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