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Sports Preview Capsule: Cowboys host Tampa Bay, try again to lock up division

Preview Capsule: Cowboys host Tampa Bay, try again to lock up division

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Sunday, Noon CT, Fox

OPENING LINE — Cowboys by 7

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Buccaneers 6-7-1, Cowboys 8-6

SERIES RECORD — Cowboys lead 14-4

LAST MEETING — Cowboys beat Buccaneers 26-20, Dec. 18, 2016

LAST WEEK — Buccaneers lost to Ravens 20-12; Cowboys lost to Colts 23-0

AP PRO32 RANKING — Buccaneers No. 24; Cowboys No. 11





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bucs were eliminated from playoff race in loss to Ravens. … Cowboys take another shot at NFC East title after getting shut out by Colts with chance to wrap up division. Loss ended five-game winning streak. … Dallas 9-1 at home in regular season against Tampa. … Bucs QB Jameis Winston passed for 247 yards, two touchdowns in last Dallas meeting but has five interceptions in two career games against Cowboys. … RB Peyton Barber needs 161 yards from scrimmage for first 1,000-yard season. He has TD rushing in four of past five games. … WR Mike Evans was overlooked for Pro Bowl despite being second in NFL to Julio Jones with 1,328 yards receiving. Evans needs 95 yards to break Mark Carrier’s club record of 1,422 from 1989. … WR DeSean Jackson had career-long 91-yard TD catch, career-best 210 yards against Cowboys with Philadelphia in 2010. … DE Jason Pierre-Paul, another former NFC East rival with Giants, has 3 1/2 sacks, fumble recovery in past five games. … Cowboys QB Dak Prescott had career-high 89 percent completion rate (32 of 36) in only previous meeting with Bucs on way to NFL Offensive Rookie of Year award in 2016. He leads all QBs with 17 rushing TDs since entering league, but went without carry against Colts for first time this season. … RB Ezekiel Elliott leads Rams’ Todd Gurley by 98 yards in NFL rushing race (1,349-1,251). Elliott second in NFL with 89 first downs (68 rushing, 21 receiving). Gurley has 96. … WR Amari Cooper’s 32 yards receiving vs. Colts were fewest in seven games since trade from Oakland. … Dallas defense has 20-game streak of not allowing 30 or more points, club’s longest since 26-game run in 1993-94. … DE DeMarcus Lawrence has 8 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles, interception in past nine home games. … LB Leighton Vander Esch has 148 tackles, breaking Dexter Coakley’s 21-year-old club rookie record of 136, according to coaches’ count. … Fantasy tip: Cooper had 12 catches, 173 yards, TD in only career meeting with Bucs with Raiders two years ago. Tampa is 27th in pass defense.

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