ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 23: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys returns a punt against Adam Hayward #57 and Michael Koenen #9 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Cowboys Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-10. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Cowboys Vs. Buccaneers: Dallas Wins Ugly 16-10 Game

The defense played well and the offense ... played, but it was enough to defeat a Tampa Bay team that could never get anything going on Sunday.

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Cowboys Vs. Buccaneers: Dallas Sneaks Away With Win

Some scattered thoughts and observations on the Cowboys 16-10 victory over a disjointed Tampa Bay team on Sunday.


Cowboys Vs. Buccaneers Inactives: Jay Ratliff, Gerald Sensabaugh Both Out

The list of NFL inactives are pouring in from around the league, and the Cowboys will be without a couple of key contributors on the defensive side of the ball for their matchup against the Buccaneers. Jay Ratliff, Gerald Sensabaugh, and Kenyon Coleman will all be out for Dallas. All three are typically starters in Rob Ryan's defense, which is coming off a rough week and a 27-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The complete list of Cowboys inactives:

The Buccaneers won't be missing any major contributors, but rookie Keith Tandy is inactive for the first time this season. The complete list of Bucs inactives:

For more on the Cowboys, visit Blogging the Boys and SB Nation Dallas. For more on the Buccaneers, check out Bucs Nation and SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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NFL Week 3 Picks

JP Starkey delivers his weekly NFL picks, picking each and every game in Week 3 -- both straight up, and against the spread.


Buccaneers vs. Cowboys: Game Time, TV Schedule, Injury Updates And More

Week 3 brings the Dallas Cowboys to Cowboys Stadium for the first time this season after two weeks on the road that yielded mixed results. After winning big against the New York Giants opening night, the Cowboys faltered in Week 2, losing big at Seattle.

Quarterback Tony Romo in particular is looking for a bounce back game against the 1-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are coming off a Week 2 loss where they allowed Eli Manning to throw for over 500 yards against them. The good news for Romo and the rest of the offense is that 10 of 11 starters are expected to play. The bad news is the one missing will be center Phil Costa, who is out with an injured back.

On defense, nose tackle Jay Ratliff is out with an injured ankle while defensive end Kenyon Coleman is out with a knee injury. Safety Gerald Sensabaugh is listed as doubtful due to a calf injury, leaving defensive end DeMarcus Ware and a retooled secondary will be shorthanded as they look to continue their early season success defending the pass.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, Sept. 23; 12 p.m. CT

TV Schedule: FOX

TV Distribution Map:

Radio Schedule: Cowboys: 105.3 The Fan, Buccaneers: WFUS 103.5 / WDAE 620 AM

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Fantasy Football Week 3 Start/Sit

The Dallas Cowboys open up at home on Sunday here in Week 3, and, as you'd expect, the Cowboys have some pretty prime fantasy players that must start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Tony Romo, as always, is a must start. Despite last week's poor performance, I still believe that Romo is an elite fantasy quarterback, and could end up being one of the five best fantasy quarterbacks in 2012. Unless you've got somebody like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, you'd better be starting Romo.

Josh Freeman hasn't proven enough to me to warrant a fantasy start -- unless you're in a really deep league. Freeman is best left for the bench, or even the waiver wire, depending on your league. Sit Freeman.

Running Backs

DeMarco Murray, much like Romo, is a must start. Murray has RB1 potential each week, and at worst, is a very, very solid RB2 to start.

Doug Martin, meanwhile, is a decent RB2 option, and a very good flex play option. He's received at least 20 carries in each of Tampa Bay's first two games, and there's nothing to suggest that will change. Start Martin.

Wide Receivers

Another no-brainer on the Cowboys side, as Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are both must starts. Both have WR1 potential, and both are fringe WR1 / very good WR2 starts.

Kevin Ogletree, though, should be left on the bench for this week. There's no reason to expect a Week 1-esque outburst from him. Sit Ogletree.

Vincent Jackson is definitely a must start for the Buccaneers. No other Bucs wide receiver is worth starting.

Tight Ends

I warned everybody to avoid Jason Witten in fantasy drafts, and so far, he's done little to prove me wrong. Witten has just six catches on the season for 68 yards. You've probably got better options at this point, but if you don't, you're forced to start him. Assuming you can find a younger, health tight end -- sit Witten.

Likewise, sit Dallas Clark.


Cowboys Vs. Buccaneers: Keys To The Game

After a disappointing loss in Seattle, Dallas returns home looking to get their season on track when they host Tampa Bay on Sunday.


Cowboys Vs. Buccaneers: The View From Tampa

After last week, Dallas has some work to do. It all starts with this Sunday's home game against the Bucs, so we enlisted SB Nation's Tampa Bay blogger for the skinny on our foe.

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