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Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: [email protected]

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    Naplesfan

    Our guys on the line are healthy .. they know how to function as a unit and how to do their jobs in Mike Smith’s defense … they also know they’ve got terrific guys behind them between Lavonte and Kwon, Bradley, Chris, Keith, Brent, Vernon and Alteraun … they all have each other’s back and they all know how to do their jobs. And they all communicate with each other.

    Frankly, it’s the Cowboys offense that ought to be worried, after getting snuffed last weekend by the Giants. Unless they really believe their own press, they are the ones feeling the pressure now.

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    David DeLeon

    I’ve been talking to one of my friends in DFW and he thinks it going to be a blowout, drinking the Dallas water is doing some damage to his brain. I think it will be a good game, low scoring game, close to 20 points each, but I think our defense is better than theirs and i think the second lose this late might mess with their heads. Dez is not playing as good as he could. I din’t think Elliot can beat us by himself even if he has a 100+ game.

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      SCLOBERNOCKER

      Seattle was the same way. I live in the Pac NW and the Seattle radio guy predicted a 42-13 blowout for SEA. We all saw how that played out. Noone is taking Tampa seriously. Im fine with that.

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        Naplesfan

        I think a lot of commentators and media folks are taking Tampa seriously. They still,however, tend to be biased in favor of big market teams – whom they know a lot more about – than small market teams … and they tend to look too much at season long records rather than “what have you done for me lately”, so the hotter team with the lesser W-L record usually gets less respect than the colder team with the better season-long W-L record.

        Now, if our Bucs actually beat the Cowboys this weekend as I believe they will, the narrative is going to flip tremendously.

        To be the champion in the media’s eye you first have to beat the champion … and in the media’s eye (and Las Vegas bettors) Dallas is this season’s de facto champion to date (with maybe a bit of weekly flip-flopping between DAL and NE).

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      Randy H.

      I read the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday and they were talking about if Dak is going to get benched. I don’t think that most of Dallas thinks that it will be a blow out. I know my Cowboys loving in-laws don’t!!

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        scubog

        Did you know your in laws were Cowboys when you married your bride? What were you thinking? Was it the dowry?

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    Horse

    Their OL is huge and we will have to do some delayed blitzing. Spence might play a big role with his quickness in this game. Go Bucs!

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      Naplesfan

      Well, the average weight of the five offensive line starters at Dallas is 312 pounds … the average weight of the five offensive line starters for Tampa is 314.

      There’s no advantage on size with Dallas OL compared to our OL. Our defensive linemen (ave. starter 284 pounds) are smaller than DAL’s offensive linemen (312 pounds) … but it’s the same differential for DAL’s D line (ave starter 287 pounds) vs. our O line (314 pounds). That’s virtually always the case.

      Weight won’t be decisive. Skill, effort, scheme, and communication will be decisive in the trenches.

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    scubog

    I like the mix of power and quickness on our D-line. Always been in favor of a big-load run stuffer that we never seemed to employ until now with Silga. Reminds me of my favorite line in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, “Alright Chief, I want you to just stand right here.”

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