Cowboys Meltdown In Dallas

August 25th, 2022

Shaq Barrett smelling blood?

Joe might have to make a legal wager in Indiana this weekend thanks to the obvious, as well as interesting ESPN data.

Joe already wrote about how the Cowboys just lost starting Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith for months.

Per typing today, Dallas has been an average team at best without him over the years, especially recently.

In the passing game over the past two seasons, the Cowboys have averaged 7.8 yards per attempt with Smith and 7.1 yards without him. The sack rate goes from 4.2% with him to 6.2% without him.

For his career, the Cowboys are 17-16 without Smith, including a 4-2 mark last season when Terence Steele started at left tackle.

Against Dallas last season, Smith played the whole game and the Bucs mustered just one sack despite Dak Prescott dropping back to pass more than 60 times — Sixty! For those unaware, that’s a miserable pass-rushing ratio.

Now the Cowboys are struggling to figure out their O-line, as Smith’s backup is unclear.

Kickoff against the Bucs is in 17 days.

30 Responses to “Cowboys Meltdown In Dallas”

  1. Howard Cosell Says:

    Howard sees the Defense carrying the team this year.
    Howard expects this years D to be better than the 2020 SB team.

    L F G

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Howard is correct….

  3. Craig Says:

    Dallas has been over-hyped for years. I like Prescott, but he has been slightly out of phase the past couple of years. They look close, but it isn’t close enough.

    Losing Smith could be a death knell for the offense, but their defense will take up some of the slack.

  4. Dooley Says:

    What’s not being said, is Micah Parsons will be rushing off the edge the entire game instead of being played mostly out of position like he was week 1 of last year.

  5. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    The defense is going to be much better than last season but our offense is loaded. We are built to win. Either we will pick up a few pieces for the offensive line or we are already good enough. Licht knows this is his last chance w TB12. I think we are goi to dominate this year.

  6. Bucsfan13 Says:

    People use the word “carrying” loosely. This offense would have to be totally inept for the defense to be considering carrying the team. A true carry was the Ravens team with Dilfer, and Manning’s last season in Denver. This defense will be average at best. If the offense can put up points consistently, average might be good enough for the SB, but this defense will not be dominant. When i think of a dominant defense, I think of the Saints. Now that D can carry an offense.

  7. Kgh4life Says:

    We’ve seen this movie before. The bucs are supposed to dominate the other team’s oline because of youth or depth issues and the bucs come up with nothing. On paper it sure seems the bucs dline should do well but I’ll I have to see it.

  8. HC Grover Says:

    Bucs are 1.5 point favored on the bet right now.

  9. ATLBuc Says:

    Dallas is probably looking at our O-Line and saying the same thing

  10. sasquatch Says:

    It doesn’t matter. The winner in week 1 has more to do with being mentally ready. If you’re not mentally ready, you’re not going to beat the backup tackle.

  11. gbobucsfan Says:

    So in a game with 40 attempts that equals 28 more passing yards when Smith is in the lineup versus not. Not that big of a difference if you ask me.

  12. Pewter Warrior 813 Says:

    Of those 60 drop back backs last year so many were 3 step drops and dink and dunk passes against our ultra conservative 20 yard off zone CB’s.

    As great as Bowles run defense has been here his pass defense schemes are just pathetic

  13. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    I sure as hell won’t be overconfident. Anything still can happen.

  14. PassingThru Says:

    I was confident last season as Dak had missed the previous season and a good portion of the preseason as well. The Dallas defense was pretty miserable that previous season as well. To be frank, the Super Bowl champion Bucs played flat, probably believing that the game would be a walk in the park. That complacency nearly cost them the game and may have been a factor in players incurring injury.

  15. Joey Strom Says:

    Joe Tryon-Shoyinka is going to have a huge game. LFG!!

  16. Arn Platz Says:

    This bodes well for the first game of the schedule, take any break we can get. I also am very interested to see the outcome of today’s incident in the Rams-Bengals brawl. If Myles Garret got a six game suspension for swinging a helmet Aaron Donald should receive the same if not more. We play the rams in week six or seven? Huge advantage for us if he’s suspended

  17. Mike Johnson Says:

    Of all my Unliked teams in the NFL, Dallas is no 1. Can’t wait to give Americas
    self-proclaimed team the whippin they deserve.

  18. Lakeland Steve Says:

    First real game of the year and we really don’t know enough about either team. Dallas losing a starting tackle is huge as is us losing the starting center. What may be the difference in the game will be our defense. We have Hicks who is an excellent pass rusher from the inside and Logan Ryan at Safety now with Winfield moving to nickel. It is either going to be a mess or we may see some big improvements right off the bat. Expect Winfield to blitz from the nickel spot a lot this year. Just that can change this defense if he becomes the blitzer the Bucs hope he is.

  19. Sherman Perigo Says:

    ATLBUC at least Dak can scramble Licht needs to beat Dallas to the punch and trade for a left guard.

  20. Letsbucinggo Says:

    Hopefully no more o-line players will get hurt Saturday.

  21. steele Says:

    Tretter retires. Didn’t want to.“There are teams right now that I would say are desperate for a center based off how camp’s going,” Tretter told “Still no calls.”

    We know one of those teams…

    How sick is it that he was iced out just because of politics.

  22. Buccos Says:

    The Bucs are going to dominate Dallas in week 1. I don’t expect them to come out flat like last year. A new coach and Brady’s last season. They are going to win one for the Gipper.

  23. PassingThru Says:


    Yeah. For us it’s a game we love. For the owners, it’s a business. Tretter is threatening to future profits, making it a simple decision.

  24. NCBucfan Says:

    Joe, you mean like when we played a backup LT in the Rams last year and didn’t get close to Stafford most of the game! I mean yeah, on paper we should feast and I’m hoping we get 10 sacks, but let’s be careful on just assuming it will happen.

  25. NCBucfan Says:

    I def think we beat Dallas. I have a big fat circle on week 2, you guys know who we play then! That’s when the real fun begins! Time to finally exorcise our demons, and trample those A holes!

  26. Stanglassman Says:

    Other teams have injuries too? Who knew.

    Is anyone else watching Detroit lions on hard knocks ? That DE from Mich looks unblockable. They seem to hit a heck of a lot more than the Bucs in TC. They have injuries but not near as much as I would’ve thought.

  27. D-Rok Says:


    Because that brawl occurred in a practice, not in a game, the NFL cannot punish A Donald for brandishing a deadly weapon and attempting to hit people with his helmet. Miller and Kirwan discussed it today on SXM. If Donald gets any punishment, it will not be from the league. The team can choose to punish Donald at their discretion. Miller was emphatic that the Rams will not punish Donald in any way, which is sad to me.

  28. Buc4evr Says:

    Concern is still the O-line. Hopefully Jason will pick up a vet LG at cut down. No idea how this O-line will hold up against the inside rush and stunts. I guess we will get a preview this week.

  29. 99 55 47 20 Says:

    Cowbois in trouble Week 1 …

  30. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    They are likely saying the same about us.