Cowboys 26, Bucs 20

December 18th, 2016


You have to love the grit of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, But ironically, in many ways, it was Jameis who wasn’t ready for prime time tonight.

The Bucs needed the best of Jameis but got his C+ game.

Man, Joe is feeling kicked in the groin.

Dak Freakin’ Prescott outplayed Jameis.

The Bucs’ defense, courtesy of a fourth-quarter, bone-rattling hit by Kwon Alexander, served the offense the ball in great position. But Jameis couldn’t get it done.

Late in the fourth quarter, the defense again tightened and got Jameis the ball back with three minutes left. He couldn’t make it happen. Mike Evans was open on 3rd-and-18, aka 3rd-and-Cherilus. More on that right tackle garbage later.

And AGAIN, the Bucs stopped the Cowboys with 1:41 left.

This was a huge loss across the board for the offensive line. No running game for the Bucs again. It’s a distant memory at this point, after Doug Martin cranking out another sub-three-yards-a-carry night.

Still, the Bucs were right there on the door of greatness. A win would have put them right there.

Don’t hang your heads, Bucs fans. The playoffs are still there for the taking.

116 Responses to “Cowboys 26, Bucs 20”

  1. FR Says:

    yea keep calling him ur saviour

  2. unbelievable Says:

    Maybe by next week Dirk will figure out how to call good plays through 2 halves of football. Probably not though.

    Defense was soft.

  3. Wes Says:


  4. softastissueMcCoy93 Says:


  5. NashvilleBuc Says:

    Out horsed at the line. Simple as that.

  6. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Fire george warhop. And leave GOZ garbage @ss in dallass

  7. WeAreLost Says:

    O line please please.

  8. Jim Says:

    You called it right, Joe. No argument here…

  9. unbelievable Says:

    That game was more than winnable. Bucs didn’t rise to the occasion.

  10. Asdf Says:

    I mean right tackle play lost the game…man Dotson was misssed

  11. ElioT Says:

    They fought hard, just out-matched.

    Time to focus on NO and CAR!

    Go Bucs!!!

  12. softastissueMcCoy93 Says:

    Offense lost this game Jameis, O line, Doug Martin all sucked tonight.

  13. Shiftlessjunglebum Says:

    Cherilus cost us the game. What Jameis supposed to do with Irving immediately in his face every play.

  14. John Says:

    @FR keep wearing your Tom Brady Jersey

  15. Dreambig Says:

    Agree with Joe. Jameis is not there yet. He started this game not playing well. Emotions are killing him.

  16. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    Jamies Winston still has a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOG way to go

  17. mesh Says:

    For the LOVE OF GOD can someone prevent Gerald McCoy from giving pre game speeches. Every time he does the defense is flat.

    and the O line…Jesus.

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    You can’t let Prescott complete 90%…….you’ve got to check it down Jameis…’ve got to call better plays Dirk… over.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Playoffs???? lol

    Maybe. I have a feeling we will get 9 wins and still not make the playoffs. But I’m okay with that an 8 or 9 win season THIS YEAR.

    This team is obviously taking a huge step forward. Last time I saw a team like this was the year Dungy took over. What happened the next year?

  20. Born again Bucs fan Says:

    I am more than disappointed in the way this team played tonight. We need to upgrade our OL and get JW3 another weapon.

    And for good gods sake…

    Stop running on 1st and 10.

  21. Greg Says:

    Hard to beat a two loss team when you only have a QB for 1 quarter

  22. J Says:

    Good freaking job bucs…. great defensive play calling. Allowing Prescott to complete 90 percent of his passes. And winston had a very poor game. Maybe jameis do less interviews. He plain. Stunk tonight.

  23. Crabdogg Says:

    I’m usually quick to jump on JW but he had no help (and don’t blame Martin). He didn’t at all look ready for prime time but it’s hard to when you are on your back all night.

  24. unbelievable Says:

    Hey Joe tell us more about how it’s all dougs fault. Or can you finally see the o loins plain sucks?

  25. Pa Privateer Says:


  26. BigMacAttack Says:

    Koetter was the problem. Punted on 4’th and 5. Ran when he should have passed. Waited to long to give Gos help. Smith should have blitzed more. This game is on the coaches imo.

  27. firethecannons Says:

    Jameis needs better protection to start with. Dak has all the time in the world and a young running back on a roll, really Jameis has a serious lack of protection.

  28. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Refs didn’t help either. Dallass o line is king if holding. Pack it in, we are out of the play offs so no need to make draft position worse

  29. LongSeason Says:

    Honestly, this was a total team loss. We can’t stop the run. Eventually that would catch up.

    When Jameis is off of his game he suck worse than any QB we have ever had.

    I hope Mike Smith gets the Jags job so we can get a real D-coordinator.

  30. 1gr8bucfan Says:

    Where the heck was Quiz? We could have used a change at running back. Martin wasn’t getting it done so she by not go to Quiz?

  31. Buc1987 Says:

    Joe…you’re kicked in the groin.

    Dak Prescott outplayed Jameis….behind the best o-line in football and what did Winston have?

    Are you for real? Do you really believe this shyte you type?

    Jameis was running for his life and Dak had all day to throw… YES outplayed.

    Let the hits begin!

  32. Jason Says:

    It was a good game, but it doesn’t matter. We had to win to get at damn respect…. But since we lost, the narrative will be “oh, yeah of course Dallas won and the Bucs lost, it’s the Bucs.”
    Fricking pisses me off.

  33. 1gr8bucfan Says:

    Why not she

  34. Joel Says:

    Dallas didn’t impress me

    10 points off turnovers. 16 yards total.

  35. DraftJameis Says:

    Cherilus is a bad football player who was awful tonight. But it also must be said that our quarterback was atrocious tonight and was lucky that Cameron Brate was able to come up big against a tired defense during that drive in the 3rd. Dallas is a good team, and we’re still in good shape, but my goodness it is mildly concerning how bad Jameis was.

  36. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Right tackle is a weak spot. Dotson is getting long in the tooth and Cherilus sucks. I mean, he is a backup for a reason. He isn’t horrible…just below average.

    The Cowgirls oline is stellar. They have a good dline and a couple difference makers on it.

  37. Bculaw Says:

    Someone show me where JW had to go with the ball most of the game. Under extreme pressure with no running game and no open options is no recipe for success. Compare the time that Prescott had, and the weapons he has, before blaming this one in the QB.

    Nothing but click bait, Joe. I’m a big, big fan since day one, but are better than that.

  38. FR Says:

    I dont mind losing but jesusssssss Winston needs long ball accuracy work asap.

  39. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Jameis played poorly tonight……our running plays are getting stuffed on 1st & 10 especially in the red zone.

    Even though our oline was poor….we should have called more screens & passes to backs….did we throw any passes to Martin?

    Poor playcalling cost us this game.

  40. Rrsrq Says:

    JW held the ball too long on a few of those sacks

  41. Jim Says:

    But what was that JW Head-Butt deal? Not helpful…

  42. Juju Says:

    Cherilus is horrible

  43. Leighroy Says:

    The sky is not falling, but Demar Dotson needs to get healthy ASAP

  44. Buc_The _World Says:

    Jameis had a C+ game because the O-line had a D- game

  45. Kalind Says:

    Cherilus and Martin cost is this game. How can you blame Jameis??? Dude was hassled the entire second half by a right side of the line that fell asleep. And a running back so terrible I was asking the TV if i could sub in…God Martin, makes Sweezy look like a bargain by comparison. What a bum.

  46. J Says:

    Jameis and the bucs have had 3 national games. Rams last year Falcons and Cowboys. Every single time the bucs choked. Defense did not show up at all. Wonder if Mike smith was too busy planning his office in Jacksonville then planning a good defensive game plan.

  47. bucfancocacolagoodtimes Says:

    @Born again Bucs fan My god yes, on the 50 just got a turn over and they run martin for 1 yard, TAKE A SHOT! Mike Evans 3 games now under 5 catches or less than 60 yards is a freaking crime, that will get a coach fired.

  48. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    The Bucs we’re just outclassed

    The Dallas oline just dominated

    Jameis has a long ways to go

  49. Buc Neckid Says:

    Come on Guys…
    They have turned the corner
    Still in the Playoff Hunt IN DECEMBER!!!
    Last year in December we were talking Draft picks

  50. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Joe. Stop blaming doug martin. This o line, more specifically the RT tackle position all season has played horrific. The entire o line has struggled at sifferent times. Stop giving this unit any credit or praise. The lack of protection cost us dearly today. Their lack of protection caused 3 turnovers. Winston can not win games if he has no time. And martin can not run into defenders in the backfield every time and expect to have a great day. This o line needs to be fixed. They cost us this game. The o line lost this game today.

  51. mike10 Says:

    Joe, how in the world do you give anything better than a D?

    Winston with 4 turnovers, countless overthrows and don’t forget that beautiful TD catch by Humphries was under thrown and should have been picked.

  52. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Jameis played poorly, yes…but the offensive line was the reason for it. He was hit constantly. Cherilus was a paper wall that Irving blasted thru.

    Koetter tried giving him help, but Irving was unstoppable. ELITE. At least in this game.

    Consider this…if our oline had not collapsed all game long, would Winston have played so badly? I think not.

  53. FR Says:

    Its funny how people are ready to cut the kicker when he misses but make excuses for a QB who misses several long ball shots ALL SEASON

  54. Buccfan37 Says:

    Bucs gave decent effort overall. Too many misthrows. I f’ing hate the Dallas cowboys.

  55. VegasBuc Says:

    Dak’s numbers are deceiving. Not taking anything away from him but lots of check downs and short throws. Jameis is being asked to do much harder throws at a younger age. Dak cant do things that JW can do hands down. Not many QB’s can throw to their Wideout before they break. OL and playcalling must get better to help JW. No QB could do any better tonight with that hideous protection or lack thereof.

  56. Warthog Says:


  57. Greg Says:

    Was Dotson missed or is cherrlis so damn bad

  58. FR Says:

    How much you wanna bet Dak will suck next season once teams get tape on him.

  59. Tampa Tony Says:

    This loss is on Jameis 4 turnovers and a bad penalty in a key moment. Dude has a long way to go to earn the franchise qb label

  60. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    We still have two wins coming. I’m not overly worried. I really didn’t want the playoffs before, and this game convinces me we’re not ready to win in the playoffs.

    I would rather pick 3-6 picks earlier this off season, because I firmly believe we only need this one more draft to complete the team.

    Team has to play balls out the last to games though.

  61. Ed Says:

    I agree that the poor play of Jameis and the poor pass protection and all the wasted first down runs w Martin made it difficult to pull it out.

    You have to wonder how Koetter can continue to give the ball to Doug Martin, who clearly has lost more than a step and can’t make anyone miss.

    I suppose it’s still possible for the Bucs to make it at wild card but after tonight it’s obvious the Bucs don’t have it together on offense and appear to be losing their cool, specifically Jameis missing the clear cut open receivers.

    Dirk isn’t doing a very good job by not giving Jameis more quick reads so he can release his throws faster.

    Prescott is a much better QB right now and his play tonight really helped the Cowboys to the win.

  62. Warthog Says:

    Srsly though, the Bucs played BAD and almost came away with the win.

    No idea how Dallas got to 11 wins.

  63. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Actually, Bucs are on the outside looking in.

  64. Tampa Tony Says:

    Saints offense looked lethal today so d will have to play lights out to stay in that game can’t rely on the offense anymore

  65. Greg Says:

    I like u jameis but damn u sucked bad tonight

  66. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    FR Says
    “How much you wanna bet Dak will suck next season once teams get tape on him.”

    Not with that offensive line and that running back.

  67. Buc1987 Says:

    And I’ll tell ya what…I truly believe if you give Jameis the Cowboy’s oline against our pass rush…hell he’d go 40-40.

    No excuses. I’m fine with the outcome.

    I expected 8-8 just not the way they got there so far, but I’m a happy Bucs fan. I used to say in the past that this is the wrong site for optimists. I now know for certain that I’m right.

    Get 1-2 more wins and I’m smiling all offseason. I don’t know about the rest of your opinions, nor do I care at this point. I’m already smiling now.

  68. Rrsrq Says:

    This is also where I’m the beginning of this game we settled for field goals instead of punching it in, almost as if the lights were too bright early on

  69. Buc1987 Says:

    Hell weapons other than Mike Evans and a little bit more time would have helped.

    Like usual.

  70. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Same here, Buc1987.

    Well, good night all. I have two chapters to write in the morning.

  71. Blackmagic00 Says:

    Anyone saying the offense suckered definitely needs to get in their lane. Our offense is as good as it can be without a second threat. The only line is a work in progress and we still held our own. I truly thought this game was ours and yet saw the wholes we have on the offense. And when mccoy went down for a few plays? That was what lost the game. That dude makes our line roll!!!! We still are in complete contention and I’m a complete Carolina fan for 60 minutes tomorrow night. We got beat by the best, and almost beat the best……….till the playoffs………where we will reak absolutely havoc on EVERYONE!!!!!!! speak softly and cary a BIG MOTHERF#$€KING STICK!!!!!!! GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!

  72. Eric Says:

    You people are ridiculous when it comes to making excuses for Winston, if Mike Evans drops a couple passes the fan base turns on him but Winston throws 4 ints and countless overthrows and the excuses flow like a broken water main. If we don’t make the playoffs it’s because of America’s cheerleader. Cherilus did’t overthrow all those passes nor did he throw all those interceptions. No no no that was
    WAYOFF WINSTON!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. c-spann Says:

    im happy we competed we should have won JW missed ME13 which hurt, but we didnt fold. except the RT he helped kill us

  74. BusteisWinston Says:

    Mariota made the clutch throws today to lead his team to victory and give them control of their playoff destiny. Busteis had one good quarter and three stinkers and miss a wide open Evans that would have at least had them in FG range. Picked the wrong QB.

  75. Greg Says:

    Oh btw just my 2 cents but put Martin ass on bench. Rodgers deserves chance to run for us wtf. Martin 1st rd pick Simms 2nd rd pick and Rodgers has best adverse out of all of hem. Come on now play some moneyball. Everybody knows who had the hot hand until y’all took it away

  76. ndog Says:

    Joe you are just a stupid as the rest of these posters. Jameis was outplayed?

  77. LargoBuc Says:

    Anyone else hear that “2008” remark? Bull.

  78. JWin55 Says:

    People who saying Dak is better than Winston have to be realistic he has Elliot, Bryant, one of the best TEs ever in Witten, along with the best O-Line in football look at the game he’s comfortable every play scanning his first second and third options. Winston has Mike Evans a washed up Doug Martin and like half a second to scan the field the trash he playing with is not fair to him. Humpries undrafted, Shepard special team player, Brate while ok undrafted he has to be Superman to do what we asking him to do with this garbage supporting cast.

  79. Buc1987 Says:

    Rrsrq…how long has this entire team played as a unit at any phase D, O or SP?

    Answer : Not long.

    Who’s our number 2 WR outside of Evans?

    I mean I’m amazed they are where they are at this point. They are way ahead of schedule for me to predict right now.

    If they make the playoffs …they make it for me. If not…well then I’ll definitely see you next year. Such a young O unit. First year HC and all. I’m mean wow at where there at.

  80. ndog Says:

    Name one throw Dak made like the one to Hump or the one to Brate. When you can sit there and have all day to throw and have 150 +rushing the game is really easy. But Joe I guess have never actually watched football.

  81. mike10 Says:

    In Dallas now, their news is saying their defense locked us up in the fourth quarter… hows that make you feel?

    Because if you aske me I’d say we had a lot of missed chances.

  82. Pit Says:

    Jameis is the savior. We played good we are not Super Bowl ready yet. But did you guys really thought that we were Super Bowl ready?

    We played good. We just need to establish the run game. Which means we need offensive line and running back.

  83. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Oh God

    Please don’t start with the Mariota comparisons again

  84. Greg Says:

    Can somebody tell me where roddy white and devin Hester who know the playbook r l?

  85. c-spann Says:

    where was greg and fr when the streak was going? yall need to go to your real team’s site

  86. SofloBucsfan Says:

    This loss came down to the battle in the trenches. Which we NADLY lost. Dak had years to throw. And winston had a bad pocket and bad blocking all night.

    Regroup and get ready for NOLA next week

  87. Eric Says:

    Ndog just shut thje heck up, you sound like you are Wayoff Winston’s mother with all the excuses. He blew it , end of story!

  88. BusteisWinston Says:

    The line was crap all night, and in spite of that Busteis still had a chance to win the game if he makes some fairly routine throws for a good QB. He wasn’t even close on most of them. He’s not the biggest reason the Bucs lost, but he was more negative than positive out there tonight.

  89. Buc1987 Says:

    ndog …I already took care of that actually. I actually had to delete many of my comments towards the writer of this article in fear of a major backlash over those words “outplayed”. Yet I did throw down as much as I could with them earlier on in the thread.

    So don’t lump me in with MORON trolls like BustisJameis and the like.

    I watched a 22 yr old Bucs QB running for his life most of the game. Made a few bad throws, but no more than other QB’s from around the league from games that I watched today. BUT this is JBF. Troll-Heaven. The Bucs go on a 5 game win streak and it’s like shhhhhh in here. They lose a game and it’s attack, attack, attack.

    You people should go EF yourselves for Christmas.

  90. Greg Says:

    Just think how bad defense is too. If it wasn’t for 2 MISSED ft they would have blew us outv

  91. softastissueMcCoy93 Says:

    Fvkk Mariota this is a Bucs site

  92. BusteisWinston Says:

    Who cares about running for his life and playing his heart out. Josh McCown did the same. He also missed many open throws.

  93. Buc1987 Says:

    Pit…this is JBF….they expected DOMINANCE in Big D or else.

    It’s doom and gloom all the time on this site.

    I know this cause I saw all the comments go waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down during the streak.

    You’re all a bunch of losers that’s who you are. See you at the Panthers game.

  94. ndog Says:

    No Eric facts are facts but you just keep up your pointless baseless opinions and I will keep giving the facts.

  95. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    Feels eerily similar to the Raiders game and the Rams game…

    Those 3 games couldcould’ve easily been Bucs victories; which would put our record at 11-3 right now.

    So close to Greatness, indeed.


  96. Buc1987 Says:

    BusteisWinston….Yes let’s bring McCown back over Jameis Winston.

    Do you see what a fool you are yet?

  97. Greg Says:

    Kiss my ass cspann. Greg is from North Carolina. I was bucs fan when I was n high school. Me and my wife flew to Tampa last weekend for our first bucs game but I’ve stuck w to them 0-16 or 10-6. I’ve had a lot built up on me about this team but just starting to vent. Each year we spend the offseason building up hype just to have our bubble popped or rug jerked from underneath us. N the draft I was begging for jameis I didn’t want mariota but U have to admit this isn’t fsu and I hate fsu so don’t call me a jameis jock. I will tell I one thing though tjisbisbhisbworst game as buc. I realize he needs more weapons and he should also

  98. Buc1987 Says:

    Ye who expected more than 8 wins from this rag tag bunch of scraps they’ve pulled together, expected too much.

    Maybe it’s just me….

    Or maybe you came into the season expecting soooo much more. Give me a fuking break you’re a Bucs fan. You’re bar should be set low. You might not like setting it low, but until further improvement is shown….you take a 26-20 defeat at Dallas and like it.

    When this team was 3-5…you whined then too. Now you whine at 8-6.

    Most of you suck!

  99. Ed Says:

    But many times when Winston did have time he didn’t make accurate throws to allow his receivers to make the play, why is Jameis so off on these throws that most good QB’S hit.

    Chris Colingsworth mentioned the missed opportunities several times. Jameis needs to slow the game down and make those plays.

  100. BusteisWinston Says:

    Point is who cares about showing heart and grit? Busteis made poor decisions and despite that and the crap line could still have won had he hit a couple easy, makeable throws. McCown was horrible but you can’t deny he wasn’t entertaining to watch in a car crash kind of way.

  101. Buc1987 Says:

    BusteisWinston…and your name says it all.

  102. c-spann Says:

    hey Greg ph*ck you dude, fair weather fan. you as fake as yo mom’s teeth!

  103. Greg Says:

    Cspann u as fair weather as they come. My moms teeth is real just ask ur mommy she paid for them bitch

  104. fortyseven Says:

    Why are we talking about Jamies and Martin? We need to be talking about the disgusting excuse for an O line. All year we have have blamed everyone but them. Its a bunch of damn rookies and backups they freakin suck.

  105. Greg Says:

    Jamie’s had bad game tonight and Martin has sucked all year. Rodgers was inactive tonight and he’s had 100 are games behind this line. Why was he inactive? Unjust?

  106. c-spann Says:

    greg always around chief, straight up die-hard. now tell your fat a** mom to buy some diet soap!

  107. Greg Says:


  108. EA Says:

    Prescott was more calm and composed, definitely more ready for prime time than Winston. He gets butterflies in some big games and overthrows and overlooks open receivers. This game reminded me of rams and Raiders games, plenty of chances for the offense to close it and they didn’t. I hope Jameis learns from these experiences going forward.

    Defense has been carrying this team the last 5 games, I keep getting mixed feeling about Jameis.

  109. Greg Says:

    Cause ur mom has more holes than our line has. Trust me I know csonn

  110. Dreambig Says:

    We got beat by a better team tonight. Even if we somehow make the playoffs which now is in serious doubt. Still proud of my Bucs. Its been a good season. Have a few games left but Jameis is too immature to take us there. Our D cant stop a real offens

  111. c-spann Says:

    dang greg! than my mom has a hugh gaping hole on the right side then! lol!

  112. c-spann Says:

    oh and greg rogers had a good game against one of the worst run defs in the league. I think a lot of the run plays are telegraphed. So it’s a combo of playcalling and oline talent

  113. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Agree with 1987!

    Here goes the FAIR-WEATHERED BUC FANS!

    The Bucs stayed in it with a 11-2 team, but the outcome they lost!

    A lost MOST felt is acceptable as long as they don’t get blown away.

    Sure a QB can keep your composure if you have enough weapons surrounding you and protecting you from a guy in your face. Not to mention interceptions coming from tip balls.

    Dallas was the best tonight the Bucs will be the best when the players are upgraded.

    Be realistic!

  114. Midnightstroker1 Says:

    Hey bucs fans if anybody watched the game tonight or perhaps the last time we had more wins than loses than you should be happy and tone down the whining. It is what it is. Focus on getting to 10-6 give us REAL hope for next year. Even if we make the playoffs big if I don’t see us going deep. Nice to see us not get blown out by 30 on prime time. Be patient ppl were not there yet.

  115. Defense Rules Says:

    If you want to start your Monday off right, go back and read this thread … it’s hilarious from start to finish. Cherilus took the first hits, but it quickly spread to the whole OLine, then finally to Jameis & Martin. And oh yes, poor playcalling. And the crescendo? Commenters eventually turning on each other, yet again. Reminds me of a headquarters I was stationed at in the military that had the well-deserved reputation ‘They eat their young’.

    Bucs fans, it was ONE LOSS, and one that we should’ve gotten blown out in at that, based on the way we played in the first half. But I’m proud that the Bucs clawed back to to take the lead in the 3rd qtr, but unfortunately couldn’t hold it. Offense, to include Jameis, are struggling right now. Not really that hard to figure out why (if you’re still having trouble, look at the top offenses in the league right now and it’ll come to you). Our defense has been playing lights out for the past 5 games, but the first half of last night’s game especially exposed our weaknesses (and yes, we need a number of improvements if we expect to be a SB contender). Whether or not we make the playoffs this year, enjoy the ride for heaven’s sake.

  116. Ernest Lane Says:

    As much as I like Jameis, you can make the case that with 1 fumble, 3 interceptions, that stupid penalty — that’s 5 drives stopped — and below .500 pssing, _he_ lost the (close) game.